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  Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
The power of text equivalents lies in their capacity to be rendered in ways that are accessible to people from various disability groups using a variety of technologies.
Accessibility issues identified early are easier to correct and avoid.
Content is accessible when it may be used by someone with a disability.
www.w3.org /TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT   (9276 words)

  IRS.gov Accessibility
Information on the Web needs to be accessible to those with functional impairments in accordance with 508 requirements.
Accessibility refers to ensuring that access to information is available to the widest possible audience.
The accessibility features that have been put in place thus far are just the beginning.
www.irs.gov /accessibility/index.html   (130 words)

 UsableNet - What is accessibility?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Accessibility and usability are closely related, as they both improve satisfaction, effectiveness, and efficiency.
But while accessibility is aimed at making the website open to a wider user population, usability is aimed at making the target population of the website happier, with a more efficient and effective website.
Webtesting is a method that can be routinely used for ensuring that a website remains consistently accessible after any maintenance or development step.
www.usablenet.com /accessibility_usability/accessibility.html   (204 words)

 Georgia Institute of Technology :: Accessibility   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Accessibility - in the context of content presentation on the Web - refers to the ability of an individual to utilize online content even when functioning under limited conditions (e.g., use of a screen reader to aid an individual with limited or no sight).
A Web site required to be accessible by section 508 would be in complete compliance if it met paragraphs (a) through (p) of these standards.
The W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 provide that "[u]ntil user agents allow users to control flickering, avoid causing the screen to flicker." Several technologies can cause a flashing effect, but it is the recommendation of the Board to minimize or avoid technology that will cause that to happen.
www.gatech.edu /accessibility   (3675 words)

 KDE Accessibility - KDE Accessibility Project
The KDE Accessibility Project is proud to announce the first Unix Accessibility Forum on 22-23 August 2004 in Ludwigsburg.
The goal for this accessibility working group is to define a number of standards around accessibility.
The KDE Accessibility Project is proud to have received a trophy at the international Free Software competition Trophées Du Libre in Soissons, France.
accessibility.kde.org   (471 words)

 The Official Web Site for The State of New Jersey | Web Accessibility Policy
And while Section 504 does not specifically address electronic and information technology accessibility issues, it may be inferred that federally funded state programs have some responsibility to meet the requirements of Section 508.
Web pages that are not designed to be accessible bar individuals with disabilities from participating in and reaping the benefits of e-government and e-commerce.
To achieve the objectives of this policy, a State department or agency must be able to demonstrate that it has incorporated all WCAG Priority 1 checkpoints and paragraphs 1194.22 (l), (m), (n), (o), and (p) of Section 508 for new or revised Web documents.
www.nj.gov /nj/accessibility.html   (1639 words)

 Accessibility - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Accessibility is a general term used to describe the degree to which a system is usable by as many people as possible.
Accessibility can also be viewed as the "ability to access" the functionality, and possible benefit, of some system or entity; such a definition brings in access-based individual rights laws and regulations that are discussed below.
Accessibility is strongly related to universal design when the approach involves "direct access." This is about making things accessible to all people (whether they have a disability or not).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Accessibility   (1419 words)

 Accessibility and the Swing Set
Accessibility is a requirement in all current federal contracts as required by section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act.
Accessibility can be beneficial to people who do not have disabilities, as well as to those who do.
Accessible interface, which must be implemented by every component that supports accessibility.
java.sun.com /products/jfc/tsc/articles/accessibility   (4391 words)

 Usability First: Accessibility
But accessibility actually affects a much larger percentage of the population, as many people who do not have permanent disabilities have temporary conditions that can affect the way they operate for a period of time.
Some of the key elements to universal access are: providing for interoperability with many applications; providing accessibility to the disabled; and providing customization and localization features for people from different countries and cultures.
The Usability First Glossary's accessibility category is a good resource for more information on disabilities, accessibility tools, internationalization, and user profiling.
www.usabilityfirst.com /accessibility/index.txl   (677 words)

 Sun Microsystems Accessibility Program
In March 2001, Sun received the 2001 Access Award for the accessibility built into the Java platform.
In September 2002, Sun received the 2002 Helen Keller Achievement Award for its leadership in building accessibility into the GNOME 2.0 desktop.
Both efforts were designed to work together compatibly to provide a complete and consistent set of interfaces that make it easy for mainstream developers and for assistive technology vendors to make fully accessible applications available to users with disabilities.
www.sun.com /access   (361 words)

 Open Directory - Computers: Internet: Web Design and Development: Accessibility   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Accessible eLearning For All - The ALFA Project is being developed to allow educational content providers to create eLearning on any subject and in any language.
Accessible Ireland - Aims to promote accessible design and enable website designers to receive feedback on their web sites from users, disabled and otherwise.
Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education Center - The AWARE center is a resource developed by the HTML Writer's Guild to assist all web writers to create more accessible web sites.
dmoz.org /Computers/Internet/Web_Design_and_Development/Accessibility   (1714 words)

 EU - Information Society - eInclusion & eAccessibility
While accessibility is a wide concept, e-Accessibility deals mainly with aspects linked to the Information Society.
Accessibility problems can also be created by specific environment or social conditions.
Accessibility problems concern specifically Persons with disabilities and older People, but also anybody in specific environmental or social situations.
europa.eu.int /information_society/policy/accessibility/index_en.htm   (554 words)

 IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center: Developer guidelines for Web accessibility
If you are new to accessibility, review "Understanding accessibility" before completing the checklist or contacting the Human Ability and Accessibility Center for help.
When an applet, plug-in or other application is required to be present, provide a link to one that is directly accessible, or provide alternate content for those which are not directly accessible.
If accessibility cannot be accomplished in any other way, provide a text-only page with equivalent information or functionality.
www-306.ibm.com /able/guidelines/web/accessweb.html   (377 words)

 Web Guidelines - Accessibility Policy
The University's Accessibility Coordinators may grant written requests for exceptions to this policy under appropriate circumstances.
Where compliance is not possible, or may require extraordinary measures, written requests for exceptions may be considered by the university's Accessibility Coordinator.
Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.
www.utexas.edu /web/guidelines/accessibility.html   (504 words)

 Ajaxian » Accessibility
Great resources on accessibility have been around for years, however, many web 2.0 and AJAX websites ignore all of the research that went into turning website accessibility into a movement followed by most professional web developers.
The accessibility community is understandably concerned about the accessibility of client-side scripting, in particular using Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) to produce Rich Internet Applications.
The Web Accessibility Initiative's Protocols and Formats working group directly address the issue of making rich Internet applications accessible, and we borrow some of their concepts to investigate methods of ensuring that Ajax applications work with leading assistive technology products.
ajaxian.com /by/topic/accessibility   (3701 words)

 Accessible DHTML - MDC
DHTML accessibility allows desktop-style widgets such as tree views, menu bars and spreadsheets which are accessible both with the keyboard and assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers and alternative input devices.
Differentiating between elements that are tab navigable and merely focusable allows the development of container widgets such as tree views and spreadsheets, where the arrow keys are used to navigate between child elements in the container.
This group has largely been focusing on what they call the Dynamic Web Content Accessibility Work roadmap, which is both a short term effort of defining basic roles and properties as well as a long term effort of filling in every important gap.
www.mozilla.org /access/dhtml   (1152 words)

 IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
U.N. adopts convention making accessibility and rights of people with disabilities a global concern.
Accessibility is being driven into the IBM product development process by deploying an ever-improving management system and support infrastructure.
Whether your organization is large or small, IBM can deliver the planning, design, development and e-learning services for accessibility solutions that integrate with your business initiatives.
www-03.ibm.com /able   (178 words)

 International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet - A Primer on Accessiblity
These are the legal underpinnings of accessibility for people with disabilities in the parts of the world where they exist.
Below are some links to sites that explain some of the issues in usability and accessibility and some links explaining some of the legal issues involved in making a web site accessible to people with disabilities as well as other legal issues involved with accessibility of Electronic and Information Technology and people with disabilities.
AWARE stands for Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education, and their mission is to serve as a central resource for web authors who wish to learn about web accessibility.
www.icdri.org /accprim.htm   (814 words)

The issues that we've dealt with in "traditional" web accessibility have been largely providing equivalents, associations, and structure, but with AJAX content the importance of notification is amplified.
Being at Macromedia and focused on accessibility, my primary concerns are that the Flash content is available to any browser capable of displaying Flash and that users who interact with the Flash content can do so in an accessible fashion.
Andrew was instrumental in establishing accessibility in the Flash platform.
weblogs.macromedia.com /accessibility   (3004 words)

 Mozilla Accessibility Project
Software Accessibility Today: the accessibility of computer software has seen drastic improvements over the past two decades.
Mozilla accessibility slideshow: apologies for the graphical nature of the slideshow; there is also an accessible text version.
Accessibility Features of Firefox 1.5 -- what we support (and where we are still waiting for better support).
www.mozilla.org /access   (429 words)

 INTERFACE DESIGN: Accessibility
When designers began to use large images, proprietary media formats, and complex page layouts to produce well-designed documents, the Web became a better-looking place, but those users who require clean HTML for access were shut out from many pages.
Around the world, initiatives are under way to mandate that disabled users have equal access to Internet resources, including the guidelines issued by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and, in the United States, the amendments to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
If the colors are set via a style sheet, users can set their browser preferences to override your settings and can apply their own style sheet to the page instead.
www.webstyleguide.com /interface/access.html   (1146 words)

 Sacramento State - Web Central
Accessibility in terms of Web design generally refers to facilitating the use of technology for people with disabilities.
A report will be generated immediately listing items that may need to be modified to meet accessibility guidelines or requirements.
This lengthy, though searchable, document guides you through the process of adding accessibility features to your PDF files that you may be adding to your Web page or online course.
www.csus.edu /web/accessibility   (757 words)

 Accessibility - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health, N I H is making every effort to ensure that the information available on our website is accessible to all.
For N I H employees, who need assistance with accessibility, please contact the equal employment opportunity officer in your Institute.
To learn more about the regulations governing the accessibility of Federal electronic information products, visit the United States Access Board or the official Section 508 page.
www.nih.gov /about/access.htm   (208 words)

 Web accessibility - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As part of the Web Accessibility Initiatives in the Philippines, the government through the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) board approved the recommendation of forming an adhoc or core group of webmasters that will help in the implementation of the Biwako Millennium Framework set by the UNESCAP.
These audits, a type of system testing, identify accessibility problems that exist within a website, and provide advice and guidance on the steps that need to be taken to correct these problems.
User testing combines elements of usability and accessibility testing, and is valuable for identifying problems that might otherwise be overlooked, but needs to be used knowledgeably to avoid the risk of basing design decisions on one user's preferences.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Web_accessibility   (2186 words)

 A List Apart: Topics: User Science: Accessibility
While the methods we use to create accessible websites can be complex, the essential principles are simple: consider the obstacles your site presents to users who approach it differently than you do, then remove as many of those obstacles as you can.
Accessibility expert Joe Clark digs up much-needed empirical data on how FIR works (and doesn’t) in leading screen readers.
In a detailed survey, accessibility obsessive Joe Clark evaluates Flash MX (authoring tool and player) in the context of the often confusing WAI and Section 508 guidelines, finds some things to cheer about, and draws a roadmap for future improvements.
www.alistapart.com /topics/userscience/accessibility   (1496 words)

 Disabled Accessibility (Alertbox June 1999)
Some accessibility advocates will deplore this staged approach and demand that all pages be made to comply with all the rules immediately.
Unfortunately, this is simply not possible for most sites and managers will ignore accessibility unless they are presented with a plan that works and places the most important improvements first.
In addition to the official accessibility rules from international bodies like the W3C, I also recommend following the proprietary guidelines from technology vendors if you use their technology on your site.
www.useit.com /alertbox/990613.html   (791 words)

 Accessibility Notice
In keeping with its mission, AHRQ complies with accessibility requirements by implementing the regulations of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary's Section 508 Implementation Policy.
Federal agencies are required, upon request, to provide information and data to individuals with disabilities through an alternative means of access that can be used by the individuals.
Information from AHRQ Web sites should be accessible via screen readers and other accessibility tools with the exception of some pre-2001 information or links to content resident on Web sites that are not Federal Government resources.
www.ahrq.gov /accessibility.htm   (531 words)

 Illinois Web Accessibility Standards
These standards are based on Federal "Section 508" and World Wide Web Consortium accessibility guidelines, which were reviewed extensively by a panel of experts during the preparation of IWAS.
The answer is quite simple: The federal Section 508 guidelines deal with a very basic level of accessibility needs while leaving out many issues facing users.
The W3C guidelines, on the other hand, offer three tiers of priorities that go into greater depth than many government entities are able to address at this time.
www.illinois.gov /iwas   (224 words)

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