ERIC Number: ED435384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Accessible Web Design. ERIC Digest.
Sprague, Carolyn Ann
Despite the widespread availability of Web-based information resources, it is difficult for some people who rely on assistive technology to access and process these materials. Web designers can play an active role in facilitating access by formatting resources so that they are compatible with these technologies. This can be accomplished by following the accessibility guidelines outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative. This ERIC Digest, written primarily for Web developers, information professionals, and others who are interested in Web accessibility, provides a brief overview of accessibility challenges and some basic Hypertext Markup Language version 4.0 (HTML 4.0) coding solutions for these challenges. Through brief descriptions of The Americans with Disabilities Act, The Assistive Technology Act, and the Telecommunications Act, it also provides an introduction to some of the legal requirements and considerations for Web accessibility. Listed at the end of the Digest are resources cited, including Web resources, ERIC and other citations, and electronic discussion groups. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer System Design, Design Requirements, Designers, Information Sources, Information Technology, Internet, Legislation, Programming Languages, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Telecommunications Act 1996