Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities (R & D Developer Series) Paperback – 10 Jan 2000
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There are nearly 750 million people with disabilities world-wide, and the Internet provides a realm in which most of them should be able to participate to the benefit of all. Systems developed for the use of the average citizen in the everyday world often abridge the rights of the disabled, excluding them by making access difficult, cumbersome, unrewarding or even impossible. But more and more design experts recognise that in the wired world there is an opportunity to correct this injustice, though careful and thoughtful planning is necessary.
Web Accessibility for People With Disabilities provokes ideas on how a Web site for which you have responsibility can and should be made accessible to the whole community rather than unfairly restrictive. This book introduces to all the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), launched to raise the awareness of accessibility issues on the Internet and to encourage corrections. Positively, laws and standards for accessibility are being formulated and invoked.
Tips, tools, specifications and language (scripting) enhancements to make your Web site accessible abound in this practical book, and the author supplies details of sites from all over the world that can give advice, evaluation, or sometimes just service as a good example. --Wilf Hey
About the Author
Mike Paciello is Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WebABLE, Inc., an accessibility education and consulting firm serving hundreds of organizations worldwide, including the White House, Adobe, Sun Microsystems, and Microsoft. A leading authority on Web accessibility, Mike is the original creator and one of the primary forces behind the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative.
Top Customer Reviews
The first couple of chapters were to be honest a little boring for me, hit chapter 3 and you are well into the things to do, how to do them and what is expected of you as a developer.
As a developer of many years I understand accessability issues but had not realised the vast extent to which HTML can be customised to work better for people accessability needs.
The author makes you understand what to do and why with sample code and references that work and are clear.
Great book for students, web professionals or even home users that wish to improve their sites.
Well worth it!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
However, what we need is HOW to make the pages accessible and this book appears to cover that well. As long as you don't look at the product section as being the latest information, this book is a good one -- and I think the only one of its kind.
Although focusing on issues dealing with access for People With Disabilities, the impact on usability of the Web by everyone is made clear.
The major section outlining the almost certain legal consequences of ignoring these matters is must reading for anyone involved in providing materials on the Web. Remember: PROGRAMMERS ARE CHEAPER THAN LAWYERS!
We can't find a Large-Print version of this book. Can people with Disabilities read this book?
Professional Web Developers need access to the resources available in Large-Print. Perhaps this book has the answers? It is not accessible to us.
If anyone knows that this book is accessible to low-vision readers please let us know.
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