Design Accessible Web Sites
36 Keys to Creating Content for All Audiences and Platforms
By Jeremy Sydik
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Final Release Date: November 2007
Pages: 328

It's not a one-browser web anymore. You need to reach audiences that use cell phones, PDAs, game consoles, or other "alternative" browsers, as well as users with disabilities. Legal requirements for assistive technologies as well as a wide array of new browsing experiences means you need to concentrate on semantics, alternate access paths, and progressive enhancement.

Give your audience the power to interact with your content on their own terms. It's the right thing to do, and with a $100 billion a year market for accessible content, new laws and new technologies, you can't afford to ignore accessibility.

With this book, you'll learn basic principles and techniques for developing accessible HTML, audio, video, and multimedia content. In addition, you will understand how to apply the principles you learn in this book to new technologies when they emerge.

You'll learn how to:

  • Use best practices of accessibility to develop accessible web content
  • Build testing into projects to improve results and reduce costs
  • Create high quality alternative representations for your audience
  • Add accessibility features to external media like PDF and Flash
  • Negotiate the terrain of accessibility standards
  • Apply principles of accessiblity to new technologies as they emerge
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    Mandatory reading for those creating or managing websites

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    Comments about oreilly Design Accessible Web Sites:

    Definitely mandatory reading for professionals who are creating or managing websites. I say "professionals," because this book has a lot of meat, and though it would be useful for anyone creating a website, it's a lot to consider for those who simply want to play around. This is heavy reading. (My brain still hurts!)

    But it is very useful reading. Accessibility means many different things, and though you should do the right thing because it's the right thing to do, an incentive would be the laws you might be flaunting by not following these guidelines. Yes, laws are covered. And also specific considerations for accessibility not only from various devices, but also by various people with particular challenges.

    The key is to make your website accessible no matter what the law says, no matter what browser is being used (text, graphics, other), no matter what additional software is being used (i.e. text to voice), no matter what platform is bing used (i.e. PDA, cell phone, laptop), etc. This book will give you the guidelines and the tools to get the job done.

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    It's the right thing to do!

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    As a web designer who needs to learn more about how to design web sites that are accessible to everyone, including people who may have visual, auditory, mobility or congnitive impairments, this was just the book for me. I also like my information in small bites and give me lots of resources. Jeremy did a great job of both. The conversational tone he used throughout made me feel like he was talking to me. His definition of accessibility and his description of the 5 main categories of disabilities were clear, easy to understand and made me really want to create more accessible web sites. Why? Because it's the right thing to do. If you're a web designer, or even if you're a blogger, this book will provide you with tons of good information and plenty of resources. My own copy is filled with hot pink index cards and sticky notes and I have bookmarked many of the resources so that they're easy to find when I start a new web site project.

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