WebAIM Newsletter: December 2007
Evaluating the screen reader accessibility of web content is important. Screen readers, however, can be complex and difficult to use, especially for novice users.
This article provides an overview for beginners on how to use screen readers for evaluating the accessibility of web content.
WCAG 2.0 has been recommended for Last Call. You are invited to provide comments by February 1, 2008.
Register now for WebAIM's web accessibility training to be held February 20-21, 2008. This two day, hands-on training will be held in Logan, Utah.
The Email Standards Project works with email client developers and the design community to improve web standards support and accessibility in email.
Tips and Resources
Sometimes when people first learn about Web accessibility they look for quick ways of improving the sites they build. This often leads to misuse or overuse of certain HTML features that are meant to aid accessibility, but when used wrongly have no effect and can actually have the opposite effect by making the page less accessible and less usable.
Yahoo's Victor Tsaran gives an in depth demonstration on video of how a screen reader is used. This video can also be found, along with many others on Jon Gibbins' video tour.
Joe Dolson proposes that different areas of a single page can be identified and considered independently from surrounding bodies of content.
Lachlan Hunt provides a brief introduction to some of the major features as they are in the current draft.
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