An Accessibility Statement is a declaration that defines the level of web accessibility that a website aims to achieve. In this article, we look at why an accessibility statement should be provided and the information that should go into it.
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Using CSS focus pseudo class
Focus is one of the lesser used Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) pseudo-classes. People familiar with CSS should be aware of the more commonly used pair, link and visited, but will often find that the focus and active pseudo-classes have been missed out. This article aims to explain why they are important and how they can be used to enhance your site.
Why is good quality code important?
Checkpoint 3.2 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 recommends that developers “create documents that validate to published formal grammars”. In other words, the checkpoint encourages people to use code that follows the official rules for that language.
Practical plans for accessible architectures
The United Nations recently commissioned the world’s first global audit on web accessibility. The study evaluated 100 websites from 20 different countries across five sectors of industry (media, finance, travel, politics, and retail). Only three sites passed basic accessibility checkpoints outlined in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0), and not a single site passed all checkpoints.
Designing for the web
One of the main tasks web developers face on a regular basis is the challenge of turning a design storyboard into accessible HTML/CSS templates for a website. This task is made more difficult when the web designer has not thought about accessibility. Trying to create accessible templates from a poorly thought out storyboard can be a frustrating experience. It is one that can be easily avoided if the web designer has thought about the medium they are designing for, the web.
This article outlines which aspects of accessibility can be checked at each stage of development, with a focus on where automated tools should fit in. Some knowledge of web accessibility is assumed. If this subject is new to you, please read an introductory article on web accessibility. The target audience is people who manage medium to large web site projects.
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