Web Accessibility

Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance

  • Authors
  • Jim Thatcher
  • Michael R. Burks
  • Christian Heilmann
  • Shawn Lawton Henry
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick
  • Patrick H. Lauke
  • Bruce Lawson
  • Bob Regan
  • Richard Rutter
  • Mark Urban
  • Cynthia D. Waddell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlvii
  2. Understanding the Impact of Web Accessibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xlviii-xlviii
    2. Shawn Lawton Henry
      Pages 1-51
    3. Mark Urban, Michael R. Burks
      Pages 69-83
  3. Implementing Accessible Websites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 84-84
    2. Andrew Kirkpatrick
      Pages 85-100
    3. Jim Thatcher
      Pages 127-177
    4. Jim Thatcher
      Pages 179-211
    5. Jim Thatcher
      Pages 213-244
    6. Richard Rutter
      Pages 247-288
    7. Christian Heilmann
      Pages 291-335
    8. Bob Regan, Andrew Kirkpatrick
      Pages 337-365
    9. Andrew Kirkpatrick
      Pages 367-405
    10. Jim Thatcher
      Pages 407-457
    11. Mark Urban, Michael R. Burks
      Pages 459-473
  4. Accessibility Law and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 510-510
    2. Cynthia D. Waddell
      Pages 511-544
    3. Cynthia D. Waddell
      Pages 547-579
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 581-648

About this book


The power of the Web lies in the fact that anyone and everyone can access it, and this should also extend to users with disabilities. Accessibility is about making websites accessible to those with aural, visual, or physical disabilities, or rather, constructing websites that don't exclude these people from accessing the content or services provided.

This isn't difficult to accomplish and doesn't require anything more than your normal tool set—HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, or whatever else. All you need to do is use these tools in the right way, and bear in mind the guidelines that exist to help you keep your websites accessible and the laws that enforce web accessibility around the world.

This book gives you all you need to know about web accessibility, whether you are a web designer or developer who wants your sites to be accessible, or a business manager who wants to learn the impact of web accessibility laws on your websites.

After an overview of the accessibility law and guidelines, and a discussion about accessibility and its implementation in the enterprise, the book goes on to show how to implement accessible websites using a combination of concise references and easy-to-follow examples, covering:

  • Understanding assistive technologies
  • Creating accessible content using XHTML, JavaScript, CSS, Flash, and PDFs
  • Testing against WCAG (including 2.0) and Section 508
  • Retrofitting inaccessible sites where necessary

The book concludes with an in-depth analysis of accessibility law around the world. If you're concerned about the legal and moral implications of web accessibility, then this book is perfect for you. It is written by some of the world's experts on accessibility, leaving you in good hands.


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