Newsletter Archives - December 2006
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We recently updated our popular introduction to accessibility. It highlights the web's potential to empower people with disabilities, the frustrations they feel when they cannot access the web, and what you can do to make your sites more accessible. This is a great resource for anyone who is new to web accessibility.
According to a United Nations commissioned report, only three out of 100 leading web sites around the world meet the needs of persons with disabilities. Other related articles:
- Quarter of Web Sites Investigated Could be Made Accessible Quickly, Says Expert
- Making the Internet more disability-friendly is good business, experts tell UN panel
- E-accessibility will act as a focus for UN disability efforts over the whole of the coming year
- E-accessibility vital says Commissioner
Tips and Resources
by Peter Quinsey on alistapart.com
Ajax offers the ability to avoid both needless browser behavior like page reloads and useful browser behavior like error handling. When good web apps go bad, Peter Quinsey's guidelines and techniques can help you and your users stay informed and productive.
NCDAE Tips and Tools: OpenOffice.org Impress
by Jonathan Whiting, under WebAIM's partnership with the NCDAE
The National Center on Disability & Access to Education (NCDAE) has recently published another factsheet in its series. This factsheet discusses the accessibility of OpenOffice.org Impress.
CLiCk, Speak is an open source, freely available extension for the Firefox web browser. It features a mouse driven interface and it reads web pages. CLiCk, Speak Update Version 1.2 is now available. Unlike Fire Vox which is designed for visually impaired users, CLiCk, Speak is designed for sighted users who want text-to-speech functionality.
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