Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant Websites by Katie Cunningham

By Katie Cunningham

Get sensible guidance for making your site obtainable to individuals with disabilities. With this instruction manual, you are going to find out how to layout or boost a website that conforms to part 508 of the united states Rehabilitation Act - and within the approach you will find the best way to supply a greater consumer adventure for everybody. The Accessibility guide introduces you to numerous audiences that experience hassle utilizing brand new complicated web pages, together with individuals with blindness, listening to loss, actual disabilities, and cognitive problems. methods to help assistive applied sciences, and comprehend which fonts, colours, web page layouts, and different layout components paintings most sensible - with no need to exclude complicated features, lease outdoor aid, or considerably bring up overhead.

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Though many think only of how text is displayed, a great amount of information is stored within items that are dependent on color. Many navigations, stylish though they may be, couch their text in colors that may be invisible to certain segments of the population. Visual indicators have become ubiquitous, but are often useless to people with certain kinds of color blindness (see Table 2-1). Table 2-1. Types of color blindness Type Colors that appear similar % of population affected Protanopia Red and green.

Today, I've been asked to talk to you about my role at Thermodynamics Inc. Interactive Features If your website includes interactive features, such as games or feature explorers, sound often becomes a large part of the experience. In this case, simply captioning might not be enough and might greatly interfere with the feature’s design. The goal of someone trying to make these sites compliant should not be to destroy the design but to subtly enhance it. One place where visual bells are incredibly important are social sites where chat is enabled.

Because of this, if your website features video chats, the quality should be high enough, and the delivery fast enough, so that small motions can be caught. A fuzzy face with blurred hands is useless to someone who is trying to read signs (and is of little use to someone who is looking only at the face for social cues). In Figure 3-7, the speaker’s hands are quite blurry, which would make it impossible for two users trying to use sign language to communicate. The quality and size of a video chat also helps those who read lips.

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