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How does accessibility help your users?

How does accessibility help your users? provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Zoe Gi… Show More

Web Accessibility Principles

with Zoe Gillenwater

Video: How does accessibility help your users?

How does accessibility help your users? provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Zoe Gillenwater as part of the Web Accessibility Principles
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  1. 2m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 33m 15s
    1. What does accessibility mean?
      5m 51s
    2. How does accessibility help your users?
      3m 30s
    3. Experiencing a website via a screen reader
      5m 46s
    4. How does accessibility help you and your clients?
      3m 9s
    5. Overview of Section 508 standards
      5m 51s
    6. Overview of WCAG standards
      6m 4s
    7. Understanding consistency and semantic markup
      3m 4s
  3. 54m 30s
    1. Understanding screen readers and accessibility tools
      6m 12s
    2. Getting accessible browsers
      5m 40s
    3. Customizing Firefox for accessibility testing
      5m 53s
    4. Using custom accessibility toolbars
      5m 28s
    5. Using Fangs and the Color Contrast Analyzer
      5m 30s
    6. Accessibility tools to bookmark
      5m 53s
    7. Using automated accessibility checking tools
      4m 57s
    8. Setting up the JAWS screen reader on Windows
      6m 42s
    9. Using the VoiceOver screen reader on Mac OS X
      5m 52s
    10. Setting Dreamweaver accessibility preferences
      2m 23s
  4. 26m 10s
    1. Avoiding tables for layout
      3m 30s
    2. Using CSS for layout
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a fixed-width layout
      5m 51s
    4. Creating an elastic layout
      3m 50s
    5. Creating a liquid layout
      3m 4s
    6. Customizing a liquid layout
      7m 15s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Specifying the language
      3m 42s
    2. Setting page titles
      2m 16s
    3. Setting headings and paragraphs
      9m 55s
    4. Styling headings
      9m 56s
    5. Hiding section headings from sighted users
      6m 41s
    6. Styling text for readability
      6m 40s
    7. Ensuring proper color contrast
      6m 36s
    8. Creating text emphasis
      4m 29s
    9. Indicating quotations
      4m 28s
    10. Creating basic lists
      4m 16s
    11. Styling lists
      7m 15s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Using lists for navigation
      6m 45s
    2. Creating a horizontal navigation bar
      13m 25s
    3. Creating a vertical navigation bar
      11m 44s
    4. Adding skip navigation links
      11m 59s
    5. Hiding skip navigation links
      6m 16s
    6. Proper link text and title attributes
      6m 10s
    7. Opening new windows
      4m 27s
    8. Accessibility limitations of fly-out menus
      6m 30s
    9. Creating an accessible fly-out menu
      8m 38s
  7. 27m 54s
    1. Proper ALT text for navigation images
      4m 57s
    2. Proper ALT text for decorative images
      5m 19s
    3. Adding ALT text to an existing site
      6m 8s
    4. Adding ALT text to image maps
      5m 58s
    5. Describing complex graphics
      5m 32s
  8. 34m 0s
    1. Using tables for data
      3m 0s
    2. Creating header cells
      4m 4s
    3. Adding table captions and summaries
      9m 9s
    4. Styling tables
      5m 19s
    5. Applying header cells to complex tables
      6m 52s
    6. Adding id and headers attributes
      5m 36s
  9. 42m 0s
    1. Understanding form accessibility issues
      3m 4s
    2. Labeling form fields
      6m 9s
    3. Adding fieldsets and legends
      4m 42s
    4. Moving forms out of tables
      3m 44s
    5. Cleaning up a form's appearance
      4m 53s
    6. Aligning labels and fields using CSS
      9m 39s
    7. Indicating required fields
      6m 11s
    8. Dealing with CAPTCHA
      3m 38s
  10. 7m 29s
    1. The Text-Only technique
      3m 21s
    2. The Access Keys technique
      2m 35s
    3. The Tab Index technique
      1m 33s
  11. 17s
    1. Goodbye

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How does accessibility help your users?
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How does accessibility help your users? provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Zoe Gillenwater as part of the Web Accessibility Principles

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Accessibility on the web has been an issue for over a decade, and it remains a crucial--but often overlooked--element of web design. Instructor Zoe Gillenwater explains the concept of accessibility as it applies to the web, and describes how it affects the audience. She also covers how to set up accessibility testing, and how to apply accessibility principles to new and existing sites using standards-compliant markup and CSS. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Understanding Flex programming languages

How does accessibility help your users?

>> Now let's look at how accessibility helps real people. The web is a really great tool for people with disabilities because for many of them, it can truly enrich and change their lives, being able to function independently. Web accessibility is essential for equal opportunity. The web is increasingly used in all areas of society as part of daily life. And it's sometimes completely replacing traditional resources provided by the government, education, news, healthcare. And having access to this information on the web is a great tool for people with disabilities.

It can provide them more access to information than they had access to before. For example, information that could only be obtained by physically going to the library and reading a book printed in Braille can now be accessed by blind or otherwise disabled people in their own homes. So that might be something that may have been impossible for them to read before that now they have access to. The web can also provide people with disabilities more opportunity for interaction. They can meet other people and form relationships on the web.

The web also gives them more opportunities for different types of jobs. And they can participate more fully in society, even contributing their own content to the web. So by making your web pages accessible, you're making them usable without eyes, ears, motor control, perception of color, even a mouse, things that many people take for granted. It's helpful to get a sense of how people with disabilities access the web. Many people use special software or devices called assistive technology, which is often abbreviated to AT on accessibility websites.

This includes screen readers and screen magnifiers for people who are blind or visually impaired. Refreshable Braille displays for use by people who are both blind and deaf, captioning software can be used by people who are deaf to access multimedia presentations. Voice recognition software, switches, pointer sticks and touch screens are all tools that can be used by people with motor impairments who cannot use a mouse. But many people use the same technology that others use, but just in a different way.

For instance, many people may use the keyboard to navigate around their operating system or browser instead of a mouse. They may customize their browser or their whole system font size to make it easier for them to read. They can also adjust their browser window size, their color settings, even set up their own style sheets to make things easier for them to read, understand and use. Changes that you make for accessibility can also help people who don't use any of this technology and who aren't disabled. Usually, the changes that you make for accessibility are completely transparent to those who don't need them.

But they can also be helpful to other groups, particularly people who are older, who use small screen devices, like mobile phones and PDAs, who use old or slow devices or computers, people who have low fluency or literacy in a particular language, or even people who are just relatively unfamiliar with using the web. All of these groups of people can benefit from the changes that you make for accessibility. In later movies, we'll discuss each of the specific benefits of the techniques that we go over as we cover it.

In the next movie, let's look at an inaccessible and an accessible version of the same web page to get a sense for how a person with a disability might experience that page.

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