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Accessibility is a general term used to describe the degree to which a product (e.g., device, service, environment) is accessible by as many people as possible, and the ventures to produce accessible products and services. Accessibility is often used to focus on people with disabilities and their right of access to entities, often through use of assistive technology.




Internetministeriet fokuserer på webdesign og SEO ud fra et tilgængeligheds og anvendeligheds -princip.

Bredgaard, Thomas. Internetministeriet (2003). (Danish) Resources>Web Design>Accessibility


Interview with DMXzone's Bruce Lawson

Find out why self-confessed non-techie Bruce Lawson has been winning friends and influencing people with his support for web standards and web accessibility.

Lawson, Bruce. Accessify (2003). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Standards


Interview with Mark Barlet of AbleGamers.com

AbleGamers.com is a site that evaluates the accessibility of games, reviewing them based on how playable they are for gamers with disabilities. It is a unique resource for both game players and developers, and one that is likely to be of interest to many of our readers, so I asked founder Mark Barlet to answer a few questions about himself and the site for us.

Border House, The (2010). Articles>Interviews>Accessibility>Games


Intranet Accessibility and Section 508

A compelling reason to make your Intranet accessible to people with disabilities is because itï¿s the law. Section 508 of the United Statesï¿ Rehabilitation Act of 1972 requires that Federal agenciesï¿ electronic and information technology (EIT) be accessible to people with disabilities (vision, hearing, mobility) if the EIT is procured on or after June 21, 2001. If you develop hardware, software, Internet, or Intranet solutions for the U.S. Government, either as an employee of the U.S. Government or as a service or product provider, the procurement date is a critical factor in determining functional requirements of your Intranet.

Bine, Katharyn. Usability Interface (2002). Design>Accessibility>Web Design>Section 508


Introduction to Screen Magnifiers

Karo Caran and Victor Tsaran show how the screen magnifier ZoomText is used to make the computer desktop and web sites readable to people with reduced vision.

Caran, Karo and Victor Tsaran. Yahoo (2007). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Universal Usability


Introduction to Screen Readers

Begins by showing us the core functionality of screen readers and how they interact with the desktop. In the second part it demonstrates how a blind user may use them to explore and understand web sites, how sites are “linearized”, and how using semantic markup to build sites supports accessible navigation and usability.

Tsaran, Victor. Yahoo (2007). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Universal Usability


Introduction to WAI ARIA

This article is for those who are new to ARIA. You need an understanding of HTML and the potential difficulties that people with disabilities can face using the Web. It is useful to be familiar with some Rich Internet Applications from a user's perspectiveAfter reading this article, you'll understand what ARIA is for, how to integrate it into your sites, and how you can use it now to make even the simplest of sites more accessible.

Lemon, Gez. Opera (2008). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Flash


Introduction to Web Accessibility

Most people today can hardly conceive of life without the Internet. It provides access to information, news, email, shopping, and entertainment. The Internet, with its ability to serve out information at any hour of the day or night about practically any topic conceivable, has become a way of life for an impatient, information-hungry generation. Some have argued that no other single invention has been more revolutionary since that of Gutenberg's original printing press in the mid 1400s. Now, at the click of a mouse, the world can be 'at your fingertips'--that is, if you can use a mouse . . . and if you can see the screen . . . and if you can hear the audio—in other words, if you don't have a disability of any kind. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Before focusing on the challenges that people with disabilities face when trying to access Web content, it makes more sense to discuss the ways in which the Internet offers incredible opportunities to people with disabilities that were never before possible. The Web's potential for people with disabilities is truly remarkable.

WebAIM (2005). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility


Introduction to Web Accessibility

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.

Henry, Shawn Lawton. W3C (2005). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility


Involving Users in Web Projects for Better, Easier Accessibility

Involving people with disabilities from the beginning of a project helps you better understand accessibility issues and implement more effective accessibility solutions. It also broadens your perspective in a way that can lead you to discover new ways of thinking about your product that will make it work better for more people in more situations.

W3C (2009). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>User Centered Design


Is Accessibility Overwhelming?

Have you experienced planning to make something accessible and then finding out that the required tasks overwhelm you? This can indeed be very intimidating, and it could make you doubt that you could follow the guidelines. so you in turn postpone your plans and you may even cancel them. But does it have to be this way? Is there a way to make a product, service or web site accessible and not be overwhelmed by the tasks?

Babinszki, Tom. Even Grounds (2010). Articles>Accessibility>Standards


Is Universal Design Really Universal?

Today, as I write this article, my Google search found “about 13,200,000” references. There is no denying that the concept of Universal Design has gained widespread use. But what does it really mean?

Salmen, John. uiGarden (2008). Design>Usability>Accessibility>Universal Usability


JavaScript and Accessibility

On this page I give a short introduction to the accessibility issues surrounding the use of JavaScript. It is by no means a complete tutorial; I just want to offer a few rough guidelines and some bits of information. Nonetheless the information on this page seems to be clearer and more complete than the average 'JavaScript and accessibility' page on the WWW.

Koch, Peter-Paul. XS4ALL. Design>Web Design>Accessibility>DHTML


Joe Clark's Answers -- in Valid XHTML

An extremely interesting but rather long read -- answers each question thoroughly and, there is plenty of discourse following the piece itself.

Clark, Joe. Slashdot (2002). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>XHTML


A Journey Through Accessibility

Identifies web accessibility problems throughout the web generations, and summarises where we are now, and what we can expect for the future.

Scano, Roberto. Juicy Studio (2006). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Usability


Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

* Improve your websites, software, hardware, and consumer products to make them more useful to more people in more situations. * Develop effective accessibility solutions efficiently. Accessibility is designing products so that people with disabilities can use them. Accessibility makes user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable by people with a wide range of abilities, and people in a wide range of circumstances, environments, and conditions. Thus accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, and organizations that develop accessible products. Overview Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design provides: The basics of including accessibility in design projects * Shortcuts for involving people with disabilities in your project * Tips for comfortable interaction with people with disabilities Details on accessibility in each phase of the user-centered design process (UCD) * Examples of including accessibility in user group profiles, personas, and scenarios * Guidance on evaluating for accessibility through heuristic evaluation, design walkthroughs, and screening techniques * Thorough coverage of planning, preparing for, conducting, analyzing, and reporting effective usability tests with participants with disabilities * Questions to include in your recruiting screener * Checklist for usability testing with participants with disabilities

Henry, Shawn Lawton. uiAccess (2007). Books>Accessibility>User Centered Design


Kast deg ut i Tilgjengelighet

Denne boka vil besvare to spørsmål. Det første spørsmålet er «Hvorfor bør jeg gjøre nettstedet mitt mer tilgjengelig?» Om du ikke har et nettsted, så er ikke denne boka for deg. Det andre spørsmålet er «Hvordan kan jeg gjøre nettstedet mitt mer tilgjengelig?» Er du ikke overbevist av svaret på det første spørsmålet, vil du nok ikke være interessert i det andre.

Pilgrim, Mark. Dive Into Accessibility (2002). (Norwegian) Books>Web Design>Accessibility


Keyboard Accessibility Techniques

Keyboard accessibility is one of the most important aspects of disability access. Blind people generally cannot use a mouse because they cannot see where to click. They use their keyboard almost exclusively.

WebAIM (2003). Design>Web Design>Accessibility


Keyboard Accessibility: Basic Steps Towards a More Usable and Accessible Site

A presentation which shows examples of best-practices in web design for accessibility to users who interact with sites exclusively through the keyboard.

Lauke, Patrick H. Splintered (2009). Presentations>Web Design>Accessibility


Keys to Access: Accessibility Conformance in VET   (PDF)

In this research, we aimed to investigate what VET training providers have achieved in terms of accessibility conformance; to reveal and understand the obstacles that may be blocking conformance and suggest strategies that will speed conformance.

Lamshed, Reece, Marsha Berry and Laurie Armstrong. Australian Flexible Learning Framework (2005). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Australia


Landmarks, Links, and Search Engines: Designing Websites for Sex and Gender Navigation Differences   (PDF)

Although there is myriad research on the Internet and the web, there is limited research on sex and gender differences in web use, especially regarding navigating websites. As a step towards understanding possible differences, I draw from an extensive research study on sex and gender differences in web use. From this study, I present three key areas of sex differences in web navigation and two key areas of gender differences. Along with these differences, I provide several implications for web design. I recommend technical communicators consider not only these differences, but other possible differences to better create truly 'users'-centered design.

Bowie, Jennifer L. STC Proceedings (2005). Design>Web Design>Accessibility>Gender


The Language of Accessibility

Good markup is accessible by default. As long as you’re using HTML elements in a semantically meaningful way—which you should be doing anyway, without even thinking about accessibility—then your documents will be accessible to begin with.

Keith, Jeremy. Adactio (2006). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Standards


Latest Isn't Always Greatest

The more time I spend browsing various Web sites, the angrier I get with those developers who take liberty with the amount of software I need to view their pages and navigate their site. I realize that developers want to stay on top of what is cool and unusual and eye-catching and create a site that is visually appealing, engaging and all that. But do they realize that your average member of the browsing public doesn't care at all about these things?

Strom, David. Software Development Times (2000). Design>Web Design>Accessibility


Learning Difficulties and Web Accessibility

Accessibility is about making it as easy as possible for all members of society to fully take part in that society. It is about removing barriers. It is about inclusion and empowerment. It is about creating the sort of world that we all want to live in - a message that should resonate with us all.

Fidgeon, Tim. Webcredible (2006). Design>Web Design>Accessibility



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