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- Web Page Accessibility:  A "How to" & "What is it" Guide - - -
Links to tutorials, standards, emulators, etc...
Last Updated:  04/18/2001 | nikolaisen@yahoo.com

- Update Section - - - 
04.18.01 Here's a story of how the Internet changed someone's life. This is the very reason why we should create accessible sites: 

No Disability in Digitalized Community
http://www.icdri.org/no_disability_in_digitalized_com.htm
by Dr. ZhangXu
http://www.zhangxu.org/

Converted www.repeatables.com to be an accessible site, Bobby approved. 3/01

- Page Topics - - -
Aaccessibility, alternative browsers, WAP/WML, W3C standards

This page is to keep track of the resources that I discover while learning about creating more accessible web pages.  Currently I have a few ideas about how to do this, but no browsers to test my theories, and what I'm learning with, so this may take some time, to get accurate results to share.

What is web Accessibility?  It's more than having a HTML document that works in IE and Netscape.  Accessibility is about everybody having access to web sites.  This means with a Braille, voice synthesizer/Aural, Cell Phone, Palm Pilot etc.  What mainstream developers may not have heard about is that a web page that looks visually pleasing and all of the links work on in IE and Netscape, may actually be near impossible to navigate using alternative browsers.  Have you tried to surf your page without a mouse?  How about with a cell phone?  Or with an aural CSS enabled?  Yikes!  Cell phones give you a 404 error because they're looking for .wml pages.  I have tried the aural CSS and pages break immediately.  If a page has tables to layout graphics instead of content, why would someone want to waste their time sorting through images while looking for the page content?

I've just barely scratched the surface of the accessibility topic and am trying to learn more about it.  I joined the w3c-wai-ig@w3.org forum to learn what I could and have been reading articles and trying to find 'free' browsers to test what I'm developing and to learn what's causing problems on the pages I create. The rest of this page is dedicated to the helpful sites, standards, browsers, et al that I have found so far.  Hope some of this helps other web developers.

P.S. http://www.useit.com/  A site worth checking out. Jakob Nielsen's Website.  Mr. Nielsen has written a very controversial book called:  Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity  I have read that people either absolutely love the book, or hate it.  Here's a link to the book:  0-7897-2024-8:Product Link on Barnes & Noble.com.

Check out Bobby!  "Bobby is a free service provided by CAST to help Web page authors identify and repair significant barriers to access by individuals with disabilities."

To contact me e-mail nikolaisen@yahoo.com

- STANDARDS - - -
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative
http://www.w3.org/WAI/

Tool to test URL's for accessibility
http://www.cast.org/bobby/

- ARTICLES - - -
Web Accessibility with HTML 4.0 - By Molly E. Holzschlag
http://www.webtechniques.com/archives/1999/12/desi/

- ALTERNATIVE BROWSERS - - -
Cell Phone Emulators
http://www.wapjag.com/
(click the "start virtual wapjag" link to start the emulator)

Screen Readers
Jaws
(Got Jaws to work, very cool!)

R380: WAP Developers Tools
http://www.ericsson.net/developerszone/

- WAP & WML - - -
http://www.wap.com/
Excellent site.  Message area, WAP emulator, tutorials

http://tagtag.com/site/index.php3
my WAP site:  http://tagtag.com/story
my test wml:  http://home.earthlink.net/~nikolaisen/wml

- PALM PILOTS - - -
Can't find anything yet... have only been able to find info for software developers.  If you have information please e-mail me.

- LINKS - - -
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ADA Home Page:  http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm
- Apple Disability Resources:  http://www.apple.com/education/k12/disability/
- IBM Accessibility Center:  http://www-3.ibm.com/able/guidelines.htm
- Microsoft Accessibility:  http://www.microsoft.com/enable/
- Another helpful site: http://consideration.org/technology/

"Our vision when we started the company was a computer on every desk and in every home," Gates said. "And in this setting, I think the word to emphasize there is 'every'. The PC can be a tool for everyone."

- Sun Microsystems' Accessibility Program:  http://www.sun.com/access/  
- Web Accessible Web Design:  http://bcn.boulder.co.us/bcn/webaccess/access.htm
 

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