Accessibility

Accessiblity is essential-and usually if you design a site with accessibility in mind, you also get increased usablity-what a bonus.

30 days to a more accessible web site

URI: http://diveintoaccessibility.org/

This is one of the easiest guides to accessibility I have found. It takes the form of a 30-day calendar, each day giving you tutorials on adding accessible elements, and describing just who is helped by it. If you want to be accessible, but aren't sure where to start, check this site out.

Source: Mark Pilgrim


Bobby

URI: http://bobby.watchfire.com/bobby/html/en/index.jsp

Have you seen 'Bobby Approved' icons on sites and wondered what they meant?

Bobby is a validator for accessibility. You can test for complaince with Section 508 (the minimum required for government) and WAC priorities 1, 2 and 3.

Gaining full Bobby AAA approval doesn't mean your site is fully accessible-visual checks are needed for that, but it means you are a lot closer to being fully accessible.

Source: Watchfire


Colour Contrast Check

URI: http://www.snook.ca/technical/colour_contrast/colour.html

Make sure your site colors have enough contrast to be easily read.

Source: Jonathan Snook


Cynthia Says

URI: http://www.contentquality.com/

Like Bobby, Cynthia Says is another accessibility validator. I find it a bit more useful than Bobby as it gives a more detailed report and allows you to check your entire site. You should test your website against both.

Source: Content Quality


Effective Color Contrast

URI: http://www.lighthouse.org/color_contrast.htm

Clear language and graphic examples help this site convey in the importance of designing for accessibility.

Source: Aries Arditi, PhD


Inspect your website in Lynx

URI: http://www.delorie.com/web/lynxview.html

If you are unable to use the real Lynx browser to view your pages, try this site. Most accessiblity aids read webpages from top down as it is in the code, not how it displays in a browser. How does your site look?

Source: Delorie.com


Vischeck Low-Vision Website Analysis

URI: http://www.vischeck.com/vischeck/

You should always view your site in as many resolutions and color depths as you can, but a person with normal sight can overlook what will be serious issues for the color-blind. This site creates an image of your site so you can see how it would be viewed by persons with three different types of color-blindness.

Source: Vischeck



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