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Accessibility is a user experience… Standards and laws help us get there but are not an end in themselves
Definition Accessibility means all users – including those with disabilities – can get the same information and perform the same functions
Official Disabilities • Visual (including blind, low vision, and color blind) • Hearing • Motor/Physical • Speech • Cognitive Learning
Addressing disability access …also improves access in these conditions: • Low bandwidth • Old Browser • Missing Plugins • No Speakers • Small Display (pda, mobile phone) • Noisy Environment … and more
Techniques: • Alternatives to images – image attribute alt=“description goes here” • Active images (links) MUST have meaningful alt text • Illustrative images require judgement • Spacer images MUST have empty alt alt=“”
Techniques, cont 2. Navigation, including within each page • All functions must be keyboard accessible • Use structural tags as intended : • h1, h2 to indicate page outline • list markup for lists
Techniques, cont 3. Emerging best practice for dynamic, scripted content found on: • WAI-ARIA Roadmap (web) • IAccessible2 (applications) With background and links on the Codeathon wiki
Experienced Accessibility folks • Sharron Rush • CharlesChen • Kelsey Ruger (available by phone) Let us help!