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ERIC Number: EJ928053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1932-2909
An Introduction to Web Accessibility, Web Standards, and Web Standards Makers
McHale, Nina
Journal of Web Librarianship, v5 n2 p152-160 2011
Librarians and libraries have long been committed to providing equitable access to information. In the past decade and a half, the growth of the Internet and the rapid increase in the number of online library resources and tools have added a new dimension to this core duty of the profession: ensuring accessibility of online resources to users with disabilities. The first step in this undertaking is gaining an understanding of the Web standards that detail the ways in which online resources can be made accessible to those who use screen readers and other assistive technology. This article briefly reviews the history of basic accessibility issues and the two major sets of Web standards and their makers: (1) the United States Federal Government's Section 508; and (2) the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990