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Web AccessiBlog | January 16, 2001 | “A Weblog of articles and sites dealing with the topic of Web accessibility” put together by Joe Clark. Thanks Zeldman.

Accessibility & Usability for e-Government | December 8, 2000 | “Government web sites will need to be easy for all citizens to use, including those with a disability, so universal accessibility is a crucial issue in their design. This paper is intended as a primer for public sector officials who are responsible for or otherwise involved in the creation of web sites. It will tell you: *Why you should be concerned about accessibility; *What targets and legislation apply to you; *What accessibility is and which disabilities it concerns; *Some common accessibility problems and their causes; *What you need to do to develop an accessible web site.”

Flash Access: Unclear on the Concept | December 2, 2000 | “In Christian theology, it doesn't matter exactly when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. As long as you do it before you croak and ask forgiveness for your sins, you're in like Flynn. This, apparently, is the Macromedia philosophy when it comes to accessibility.”

WebABLE! Accessibility Services | October 25, 2000 | “...our mission is to make the Internet and World Wide Web accessible to people with disabilities. To accomplish our mission, we provide a host of accessibility services... Creating accessible information requires the following of only one rule: don't exclude anyone from your information. The challenge is not following that rule, but becoming (and remaining) aware of it.”

{:{:{::: Fundacao Laramara :::}:}:} | August 31, 2000 | A compelling and interesting approach to designing interfaces with sounds cues.

Accessible Web Page Design | July 14, 2000 | “Developers of web pages should consider the full spectrum of users that may visit their sites. Listed are some resources that may be helpful in creating pages that are truly accessible.”

The Accessible Web Author's Toolbox | Feb 11, 2000 | “There are a number of helpful tools out there that can make life much easier for the author of an accessible web site. These include networked and local evaluation tools, correction and repair utilities, WYSIWYG and 'raw HTML' editors, and specialized browsers for testing purposes.”

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 | Archive | “These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers (page authors and site designers) and for developers of authoring tools. The primary goal of these guidelines is to promote accessibility. However, following them will also make Web content more available to all users, whatever user agent they are using (e.g., desktop browser, voice browser, mobile phone, automobile-based personal computer, etc.) or constraints they may be operating under (e.g., noisy surroundings, under- or over-illuminated rooms, in a hands-free environment, etc.).”

WebABLE! | Archive | This is your best resource. “WebABLE! is the authoritative Web site for disability-related internet resources. WebABLE!'s accessibility database lists hundreds of internet based resources on accessibility. WebABLE! Solutions mission is to stimulate education, research and development of technologies that will ensure accessibility for people with disabilities to advanced information systems and emerging technologies.”

Disabled Accessibility: The Pragmatic Approach | Archive | “It has gotten much easier to advise people on making it possible for users with disabilities to use a website: just follow the official Web Accessibility Initiative Standard (WAI) from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).”

CAST: Bobby | Archive | “Bobby is a web-based tool that analyzes web pages for their accessibility to people with disabilities. CAST offers Bobby as a free public service in order to further its mission to expand opportunities for people with disabilities through the innovative uses of computer technology.”

Lighthouse: Color Contrast and Partial Sight | Archive | Designing for People with Partial Sight and Color Deficiencies: “This brochure contains basic guidelines for making effective color choices that work for nearly everyone. To understand them best, you need to understand the three perceptual attributes of color: hue, lightness and saturation, in the particular way that vision scientists use them.”

AWARE Center Homepage — HTML Writers Guild | Archive | “AWARE stands for Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education, and our mission is to serve as a central resource for web authors for learning about web accessibility.”

Webwatch-l: For disabled users | Archive | “Webwatch is a mailing list devoted to the discussion of the world wide web (www) as it relates to people with disabilities. The primary purposes of the list are to share information on web sites that are particularly useful, to coordinate advocacy efforts on making sites more accessible and for everyone to learn about making the web a more helpful tool.”

Accessible HTML | Archive | “I've heard seemingly reasonable people argue in favor of excluding people with disabilities from their sites. Sure, if only 1 percent of all browsers hitting your site are text browsers, and you've no current personal need for assistive technology (like me), and you have tons of bandwidth (like we do at HotWired), you might not see the immediate benefits of catering to 1 percent of your visitors. But making sites universally accessible is easy, cost effective, and in concert with Web design fundamentals.” Also see The Web Accessibility Initiative.

Building an Accessible World Wide Web | Archive | “The Internet and World Wide Web are growing at a fantastic rate. For many disabled Web surfers, however, the wealth of that digital world is out of reach because of poor design practices. In this month's Digital Canvas, we address accessibility issues, policy and strategy.”

IBM Special Needs Systems | Archive | “At IBM Special Needs Systems we see IBM technology as a way to enhance the employability, education, and quality of life of people who have disabilities. Under the Independence Series trademark, IBM has developed a number of assistive devices and software tools that make the computer more accessible and friendly to people who have vision, hearing, speech, mobility, and attention/memory disabilities.”


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