Web accessibility not just morally sound – there are legal obligations as well
Very large potential audience, consisting of web developers and business managers
Very little competition to this book
About the Author
Richard Rutter lives and works in Brighton, U.K. He is production director for the web consultancy Clearleft (www.clearleft.com). Richard has been designing and developing websites for nigh on 10 years. Early in 2003, he built his first blogging engine, which still powers his weblog Clagnut (www.clagnut.com), in which he harps on about accessibility, web standards, and mountain biking.
Most helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Still informative in 2011, but needs an update
By Steve Love
Five years after this book was published, it's still packed with useful information for people who work with the Web. If you're really interested in accessibility compliance, I think this book provides plenty of meat. If you want to get a clearer picture of why you should design for accessibility and when, read this book. That is the real value it provides.
That said, it is sorely in need of an update.
When Web Accessibility was published, Internet Explorer 7 had not yet been released, nor had Firefox 2. Netscape was still hanging around, and Gmail was still in beta. XHTML 2.0 was supposed to herald a golden age of Web standards.
All that seems like centuries ago in the timeline of the Internet, and portions of this book provide examples of the best practices and techniques from that time. Having come through that era of Web development and emerged on the other side, I can say that some of the techniques might still be useful; most are not. And that's where, today, with no new edition of this book available (and no clear successor), I have to dock it at least one star. The outdated code samples put an unnecessary burden on today's reader to know enough about past techniques to know when to reject them, and enough about today's best practices to know what has replaced them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Good Reference Source
By Brian L. Donat
There are a number of books on the topic of accessibility and many focus on web accessibility or if not, dedicate many pages to the topic. Accessibility is often, as in this book explained in terms of why it should be done and provides overviews of technology closely tied to the reasons for accessibility. The ties to usability in general are secondary. Yet, for the programmer and designer, there comes that point in wading through all those pages where there is a need to know the methods and practices. In this book, one should be willing to skim the chapters first to become aware of where this break occurs, the break between exploring and exposing reasons and actually digging into the meat of methods and practices. Be forgiving, in that no book on this topic can cover all the bases. In particular, to evaluate for example, a reader or some other prosthetic or assistive device, no general book on accessibility is apparently going to cut it. The nice thing is that this book like others on accessibility, does provide web references to sources of info and expounded detail on those devices and other sources of info that the book cannot practically go into detail to cover. So, the book is a good reference, if one does not just read it cover to cover and chuck it on a shelf. The trick in these books is to actually make an exercise of looking up those references and researching the material provided by those sites.
Accessibility is such a diverse and important topic, that one actually should not rely on any single book. This is a good book, but supplement it with a couple others to get contrasting viewpoints and info covered that this book lacks. Check out all the references. Be willing to dig and dig and dig and try out the methods and practices. It has been notable to me after reading through about four different books on Accessibility that one is not enough. If one starts with this book, absorb the material, but radiate outward; check out the referenced materials and read some additional books, whether those compliment or expound upon the valuable material you'll find in this one. Dig into some other related topic books, like Human Factors, HCI and books regarding Usability, User Interfaces and User Experience. The topic of accessibility really is much larger than one might expect. Surely it larger than just coding alt text into web pages.
This book and others are valuable sources, but if one exposes themselves to several concurrently, the variation of viewpoints, methods and practices will quickly become evident.
Get the big picture. This book is a great reference source, but it is recommended to supplement it, supplement it and engage in practicing what it and other books preach.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
See all 22 customer reviews...
An inexpensive guide for starting out.
By Gracie Hopper Rider
I brought this used. This was written in 2006 so the tech has changed but I would get it to help get started thinking about what you need to be putting into practice to make your website more accessible. It's a good barebones reference and then you can head over to W3schools.com and W3.org for updates on HTML5 and CSS.