Ingredients for Web Accessibility: A Step-Through Overview

[@@introduction@@ Much of the focus of Web accessibility has been on the responsibilities of Web content developers. This view misses the crucial interdependence of other "ingredients" of Web development and interaction.]

This overview introduces how the different ingredients each have a role in Web accessibility, and the WAI guidelines for the different ingredients.

See also:
About Ingredients for Web Accessibility Step-Through Overview
includes instructions for using this material.

Web Content

Web content is the information in a Web page or Web application,
including text, images, forms, sounds, and such.

Getting Web Content

People ("users") use
Web browsers, media players,
assistive technologies,
and other "user agents"
to get and interact with Web content.

Making Web Content

Web content developers
use authoring tools and evaluation tools
to create Web content. (@@update iamges)

Ingredients for Web Accessibility

Next, let's take a closer look at each ingredient,
along with an example: headings

Marked Up Headings in Web Content

<h1>Essential Components of Web Accessibility</h1>

Markup is how Web pages are coded, e.g., in HTML. The headings in Web content should be marked up with heading elements, as shown above. When this is done correctly, people who are blind can...

Web Content and Headings

<h1>Essential Components of Web Accessibility</h1>

Web Browsers and Other User Agents

[plain screen grab]

Assistive Technologies

[heading in speaking bubble]


[person typing?]

Content Developers

[person typing?]

Authoring Tools

[toolbar buttons for h1, h2, h3]

Evaluation Tools

[validator outline screen grab]

Ingredients for Web Accessibility

Question: How do you know who is suppose to do what for Web accessibility?
Answer: W3C WAI Accessibility Guidelines...

W3C WAI Accessibility Guidelines

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Version: DRAFT $Date: Tuesday 12 September 2006 - 18:31:37$
Editor: Shawn Lawton Henry. Graphic artist: Michael Duffy.
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