By Katie Cunningham
Get useful guidance for making your site available to individuals with disabilities. With this instruction manual, you are going to methods to layout or enhance a domain that conforms to part 508 of the united states Rehabilitation Act - and within the approach you will discover how you can supply a greater person adventure for everybody. The Accessibility guide introduces you to numerous audiences that experience trouble utilizing cutting-edge complicated web pages, together with individuals with blindness, listening to loss, actual disabilities, and cognitive problems. how you can aid assistive applied sciences, and comprehend which fonts, shades, web page layouts, and different layout parts paintings most sensible - with no need to exclude complex services, lease outdoors aid, or considerably bring up overhead.
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The user should always be able to tell where they are on a page, move around easily, and have an alternative if they cannot, or choose not, to use frames. Frames. If at all possible, avoid the use of frames. Not only are they more difficult for screen readers to cope with, but even sighted users report issues using them. Sometimes, however, redesigning a website to not use frames isn’t possible, especially if they’re built on a framework that uses them heavily. In this instance, keep in mind that a screen reader doesn’t allow for scanning the same way a browser allows a sighted person to scan a web page.
Info Browser OS Version Opera Mac, Windows, Linux All Konqueror Mac, Windows, Linux All An access key is added to a website by adding an attribute to an anchor tag. For example, let’s say a developer wants to add an access key so that a user can easily move to the next blog article. Example 1-18 shows how they might do this. Example 1-18. html' accesskey='n'>Next Now, when the user uses “n” with his access keys, he’ll automatically be sent to the next page. At the moment, the only official standard for access keys is from the UK, though international standards are emerging as more and more sites are choosing to use access keys, or are using frameworks that come with access keys already set up, like Plone or vBulletin.
While we know that spacer images should never be given alt text, almost every automated tool out there that sees images without alt text will fail the site. They also might fail to see that when you styled a header with an image containing text, you failed to match the text the screen reader would read and the text a browser would display. An automated tool will probably not pick up that a content editor copied the captions for images into the alt text. Another thing an automated tool will often not be able to do is judge the flow of your content.