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Newsletter Archives - May 2004


This newsletter is maintained here for archival purposes. The content presented here may be outdated, may contain out-of-date links, and may not represent current best practices or represent the opinion and recommendations of WebAIM. For up-to-date information, please refer to the WebAIM web site.

Featured Article

An Accessible Method of Hiding HTML Content
by Paul Bohman

There are occasions, however infrequent, when the needs of screen reader users appear to be at odds with the needs of visual users. One solution is to use CSS to hide the text from sighted users in a way that is still accessible to screen readers. The details of this technique are discussed, along with the technical reasoning behind it. Read the full article: An Accessible Method of Hiding HTML Content

On Target Tip

Added benefits of Accessibility

Optimizing Your Chances with Accessibility - Brandon Olejniczak wrote a feature article for Digital Web Magazine that explains how accessible Web pages can optimize your site's search engine rankings. This is just one more reason for following accessibility guidelines. You can find some great tips and linked resources in the article about boosting the ranking and accessibility of your site.

Accessible Search Engine Optimisation Techniques - Juicy Studio discusses how Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and accessibility are great partners. They provide a brief look at SEO techniques and how accessible Web sites are automatically optimised for good search engine placement. "The simplest and surest method of ensuring your documents are indexed correctly [in search engines] is to ensure your pages have good, accessible, and well-structured content."

On Target Resources

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released a working draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) in March 2004. According to the W3C Web site, "It has the same aim: to explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities and to define target levels of accessibility....It attempts to apply guidelines to a wider range of technologies and to use wording that may be understood by a more varied audience." We thought it would be useful to include these guidelines in this newsletter to help keep everyone up to date on where the standards and guidelines are headed.

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