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Nicholas C. Romano, Jr.

Website Accessibility Research:

Disabled Users Still Locked Out

© Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved

Slide #36

Faculty Research Excellence Series

Sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Library

Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:00 pm North Hall Room 150

Graceful Transformation

Two Accessibility Design Themes

Accessibility Guidelines

12. Provide context and orientation information.

13. Provide clear navigation mechanisms.

14. Ensure that documents are clear and simple.

1. Provide equivalent alternatives to auditory & visual content.

2. Don't rely on color alone.

3. Use markup and style sheets and do so properly.

4. Clarify natural language usage

5. Create tables that transform gracefully.

6. Ensure pages featuring new technologies transform gracefully.

7. Ensure user control of time-sensitive content changes.

8. Ensure direct accessibility of embedded user interfaces.

9. Design for device-independence.

10. Use interim solutions.

11. Use W3C technologies and guidelines.

Separate structure from presentation

Provide text (including text equivalents)

Create documents that work even if a user can’t see     and/or hear

Create documents that don’t rely on one hardware type.

Design Keys

Understandable, Navigable Content

Example Accessibility Rationale

1. Audio screen readers read all characters literally

2. Don't rely on color alone.

3. Semantic Information helps specialized software understand page organization

4. Enables use of language-appropriate pronunciation rules  

5. Create tables that transform gracefully.

6. Ensure pages featuring new technologies transform gracefully.

7. Ensure user control of time-sensitive content changes.

8. Ensure direct accessibility of embedded user interfaces.

9. Design for device-independence.

10. Scripted pop-up windows can surprise or disorient

11. Some pages cannot be made directly accessible.

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