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Re: Teaching Web Accessibility to Disabled Students


From: Michael D. Roush
Date: Nov 19, 2003 6:04AM

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From: "Stephanie Sullivan" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> on 11/18/03 9:33 PM, Michael D. Roush at <EMAIL REMOVED> profoundly
> spewed forth <s>their</s> <ins>his</his> very articulate thoughts:
> > As to the specific instances you mention, I think that some sort of a
> > 'chart' of 'contrasting colors' based on the web-safe palette would be a
> > very handy tool. In other words, a chart that allows the user to find
> > enter a basic color (in hex, decimal, or by name) and be given a
> > corresponding short list of sufficiently-contrasting colors.
> Great idea... But please let's don't do the web-safe thing... There's
> no such thing and it's entirely outdated anymore.

Oh yeah? I didn't realize all the monitors running in only 256 color mode
were gone. Besides that, I was also thinking of the issue of choosing 3 or
so contrasting colors for each possible color. I can see myself doing that
for 256 colors, but not for 16 million.

> > I'm curious, what tools do disabled web designers use to produce pages?
> Evidently at the same time, a friend of hers suggested she just learn HTML
> and code the site herself. I spoke with her a couple times the past couple
> days... She has spent 9 days learning HTML and built a site that is very
> decent... Even for a sighted newbie. :) It occurred to me when she told me
> that her choice had been to learn to hand code that it's likely the best
> choice.

Okay, but what program is she using to hand-code? DW? Notepad? WordPad?
HTML-Kit? TextPad?

I had another thought about this development issue as well.... this would be
another 'adaptation' for people who are visually impaired, but could also be
very useful for people who are using text editors without line numbering.
How about putting something like <!-- Line 32 --> at the beginning of each
line of sample code? Or is that too hokey?

Also, I would think that colorblind people could easily check for sufficient
color-contrast the same way I do - print the page (backgrounds 'on') on a
grayscale printer (also gotta make sure you disable any 'print-media' style
sheets you have). If the printed page contrasts enough, the actual colors
likely contrast enough.


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