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A brief presentation to small businesses within the Gosport area of the UK, introducing the concept of web accessibility.

A brief presentation to small businesses within the Gosport area of the UK, introducing the concept of web accessibility.

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    Accessibility: Is your web site open to all? Accessibility: Is your web site open to all? Presentation Transcript

    • Accessibility Is your web site open to all?
    • There are tens of billions of web pages online and they all have one thing in common… text mark-up language hyper
    • And there’s one important group of users for whom text is all that matters… search engines
    • like to see you naked search engines and that means no socks either
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    • Web standards… A user centred approach
      • Text should be independent of its presentation
        • It’s inherently more adaptable to other devices (eg: mobiles) and more malleable to the specific needs of particular users
        • It’s also easier to redesign: just change the stylesheet
      • Your site should not be reliant upon JavaScript
        • Around 1 in 20 people turn JavaScript off
      • Your site will work on all modern web browsers
        • (Internet Explorer dominates but 1 in 10 users don’t use it)
      • Web standards are the future of the semantic web
        • The process of making content more meaningful to both people and machines
    • Web standards are… Consistent with good accessibility
      • Search engines can properly evaluate your content
        • And may attribute more value to it than they would otherwise
      • Your web site will be DDA compliant
        • A legal obligation but particularly important if you have public sector customers/clients
      • Your pages will be leaner and load quicker
        • If your site has really high volumes of users, this can lower your hosting costs
      • Your site can be delivered to mobiles more easily
    • Some resources for your designer If they’re any good, this will be old news to them! This page is 4 years old, but still a great primer on the issues… www.hotdesign.com/seybold Web forms pose particular difficulties for users with disability if done badly. This site explains how to do them well… www.websemantics.co.uk/ tutorials/accessible_forms
    • This presentation available at www.slideshare.net/tag/impact-071031