Accessible Web Sites - Book Review - WebReference Update - 020502
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This week we review yet another book from Glasshaus. This time it's "Constructing Accessible Web Sites." Written by a cast of thous..., er eight accessibility experts this book covers the gamut on making your site more accessible to people with disabilities. Everything from how a screen reader sees your pages, tools and tips, to sage advice, this book has something for everybody.
In other news Morville talks findability, Johnson talks usability, and Google is everywhere. Oh, and Apple sues over Flash.
New this week on WebReference.com and the Web:
1. BOOK REVIEW: Constructing Accessible Web Sites 2. OTHER VOICES: * The age of findability * Interview - Jeff Johnson of GUI Bloopers * Back to the User: Creating User-Focused Web Sites 3. NET NEWS: * Overture Out, Google In At AOL * Google takes on Yahoo * Apple files Flash Lawsuit
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. BOOK REVIEW: Constructing Accessible Web Sites
This book addresses a pressing need in the increasingly complex world of the Web: accessibility. From 15 to 30% of the general population has some functional limitation when using technology products. Nearly 10% of Internet users have a disability of some kind. That's tens of millions of people in the US and hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Seniors are joining the online throng in droves. All these numbers mean that addressing Web site accessibility issues is no longer an option, it's a necessity.
But accessibility is not just about following standards and adding ALT tags. Everybody has the right to information on the Web, regardless of disability, location, language, or any other factor. This "access for all" viewpoint requires a different approach than the last-minute band-aid accessibility we've seen in the past. This book shows you how to integrate accessibility into your design process to improve your bottom line. As Vint Cerf said last time, "The Internet is for Everybody."
This book is a team effort, written by a cast of eight experts, including Bob Regan of Macromedia. Regan, Senior Product Manager for Accessibility, talks about the new accessibility features of Flash MX, which was just released recently. Each author addresses topics in their areas of expertise. Glasshaus has got the formula down now, hire a bunch of experts, and crank out a book in record time.
Everything from legal issues, assistive technology, accessible content, navigation, and data input to testing for Section 508 compliance are covered in this 415 page book. The authors rate Web development tools for compliance with the W3C's ATAG guidelines on a star system. While Dreamweaver MX, Frontpage, Golive, and BBEdit have improved, they still have a ways to go.
The authors show you how to separate content from presentation with CSS, and test your code for standards and accessibility compliance. You'll learn how to assess and repair accessibility problems on your site with free evaluation and fix-up tools. Finally, the book closes with an in-depth chapter on US Web accessibility law. Recommended.
Constructing Accessible Web Sites By Jim Thatcher, et al. Glasshaus, $49.99 ISBN: 1-904151-00-0
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2. OTHER VOICES: The age of findability, Interview - Jeff Johnson of GUI Bloopers, Back to the User: Creating User-Focused Web Sites
* The age of findability
Peter Morville, co-author of the best selling Polar Bear book, finds Detroit's new airport terminal lacking in "findability." http://www.boxesandarrows.com/archives/002595.php Peter Morville, April 29, 2002
* Interview - Jeff Johnson of GUI Bloopers
Sitepoint interviews Jeff Johnson, founder of UIWizards.com and author of the book GUI Bloopers, on user-friendly design. http://www.webmasterbase.com/article/729 Webmasterbase.com, April 2002
* Back to the User: Creating User-Focused Web Sites
James McNally reviews the latest from New Riders. http://www.digital-web.com/reviews/book/bookreview_2002-04.shtml Digital Web Magazine, April 2002
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. NET NEWS: Overture Out, Google In At AOL, Google takes on Yahoo, Apple files Flash Lawsuit
* Overture Out, Google In At AOL
Overture announced this week that its relationship to provide paid listings to AOL has ended, and the appearance of paid listings from Google on the AOL Search site suggests that Google is Overture's likely successor. Google got the deal. http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article/0,,7_1025971,00.html http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/02/05-aol.html Internetnews.com/Search Engine Watch, May 2002
* Google takes on Yahoo
Web Side Story's Statmarket reports that Google's referral rate is fast approaching the current traffic king, Yahoo. From June 2000 to today, Google has risen from 1 to 31.9% of all search referrals worldwide, while Yahoo has fallen from 46 to 36.4%. http://www.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/02/04/30/020430hngoogle.xml http://www.websidestory.com/cgi-bin/wss.cgi?corporate&news&press_1_177 Infoworld.com/WebSideStory.com, April 30, 2002
* Apple files Flash Lawsuit
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Sorenson Media over technology licensed to Macromedia for the new Flash MX player. Apple licensed similar technology for its QuickTime video server and player software. http://news.com.com/2100-1040-897025.html News.com, May 1, 2002
That's it for this Thursday, see you next time.
Andrew King Newsletter Editor, WebReference.com andy at internet dot com
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