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
This overview introduces how the different ingredients each have a role in
Web accessibility, and the WAI guidelines for the different ingredients.
About Ingredients for Web
Accessibility Step-Through Overview
includes instructions for using this material.
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
- Web browsers, media players, and other "user
agents" are software that you use to get and interact with
technologies are software and hardware that people with
disabilities use to interact with the Web, such as screen readers,
alternative keyboards, switches, and scanning software, and such
- Users' knowledge, skill, and strategies for using the
Web are an ingredient in Web accessibility
Making Web Content
Web content developers use authoring
tools and evaluation tools to create Web
- Content developers are content producers, designers,
coders, authors, and such, including developers with disabilities and
users who contribute content to the Web
tools are software to create and modify Web sites, including
Web page editors, Word processors that save files in web formats, content
managements systems (CMS), and Web sites that let users add content, such
as blogs, wikis, and photo-sharing sites
- Evaluation tools help determine if a Web site is
accessible, and include Web accessibility evaluation tools, HTML
validators, and CSS validators
The Power of One Ingredient
- When one ingredient has poor accessibility
support, Web accessibility doesn't work well
- On the other hand, when one ingredient has
good accessibility support, the others are
likely to follow
- Authoring tools example: When an authoring tools
makes it easy to implement a Web accessibility feature, content
developers are more likely to implement that feature in their
Ingredients for Web Accessibility
Question: How do you know who is suppose
to do what for Web accessibility?
Answer: W3C WAI Accessibility Guidelines...
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Version: DRAFT $Date:
Wednesday 13 September 2006 - 11:42:38$
Editor: Shawn Lawton
Henry. Graphic artist: Michael Duffy.
Developed with the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG).
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