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Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant Websites

Accessibility Handbook: Making 508 Compliant Websites
By Katie Cunningham

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Get practical guidelines for making your website accessible to people with disabilities. With this handbook, you’ll learn how to design or develop a site that conforms to Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act—and in the process you’ll discover how to provide a better user experience for everyone.

The Accessibility Handbook introduces you to several audiences that have difficulty using today’s complex websites, including people with blindness, hearing loss, physical disabilities, and cognitive disorders. Learn how to support assistive technologies, and understand which fonts, colors, page layouts, and other design elements work best—without having to exclude advanced functions, hire outside help, or significantly increase overhead.

Develop solutions that accommodate:

  • Complete blindness. Create a logical document flow to support screen readers
  • Low vision and color blindness. Optimize images and color schemes, and ensure your site enlarges gracefully
  • Hearing impairment. Provide video captions and visual alerts for interactive features
  • Physical disabilities. Make forms, popups, and navigation easier to use
  • Cognitive disorders. Adapt fonts and text styles for dyslexic users, and design consistent, well-organized pages for people with ADHD

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #359750 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: O'Reilly Media
  • Published on: 2012-09-14
  • Released on: 2012-09-11
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.19" h x .21" w x 7.00" l, .38 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 100 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

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About the Author

Katie Cunningham is a Python and Django developer for Cox Media Group. While she had always had an interest in programming, it didn’t turn into a career until she started to work at NASA. There, she slowly transitioned from gathering requirements to developing full time, advocating the use of more open source in the government sector.

It was at NASA that she gained an interest in 508 compliance. At first, she was only interested in getting her applications through QA faster. Over time, however, she gained a passion for a web that was easy for everyone to use. Now in the private sector, she is championing compliance even for websites that don’t require it by law.

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4A useful tool
By Lost in Denver
This book was a pretty good overview of things to keep track of when trying to maintain accessibility to websites to those with some kind of disability. I'm a human factors person, so the codes provided really didn't mean much to me, but the concepts and heuristics behind them are valuable for anyone. I would argue that all these suggestions would be valuable for designing an off-line interface just as well as for a web interface. The author even provides a list of tools that the reader can use and where to find them, though a couple of the hyperlinks might not be applicable anymore. I would have like to have gotten a little more background on cascading style sheets and how they are actually implemented, but it might have just been beyond the scope of the book. Overall, a solid little piece of work to keep in the library.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Great overview of web accessibility
By LeeAnn
Great overview of web accessibility. Would definitely recommend to anyone starting out in web design/development looking for a way to start making their site accessible to everyone. It's such an important thing that people need to stop looking over when developing websites.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Edward Barnes

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