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Setting Dreamweaver accessibility preferences

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Video: Setting Dreamweaver accessibility preferences

>> Before we start building web pages in Dreamweaver CS 3, there are a few accessibility preferences that we want to make sure are set. On Windows you can view these preferences by going to the Edit menu. On a Mac the preferences are available by going to the Dreamweaver menu and then selecting Preferences. At the very bottom of the Edit menu is the option for preferences. Select that to open the Preferences dialogue box. On the left are a list of categories of preferences.

Setting Dreamweaver accessibility preferences

>> Before we start building web pages in Dreamweaver CS 3, there are a few accessibility preferences that we want to make sure are set. On Windows you can view these preferences by going to the Edit menu. On a Mac the preferences are available by going to the Dreamweaver menu and then selecting Preferences. At the very bottom of the Edit menu is the option for preferences. Select that to open the Preferences dialogue box. On the left are a list of categories of preferences. The second one from the top is accessibility.

Click on that. There are four check boxes that say show attributes when inserting form objects, frames, media, and images. These are checked by default, but if you've changed your copy of Dreamweaver, you might want to go and make sure that they're still checked. These two check boxes further down the screen pertain to Dreamweaver's accessibility as a program itself, so changing these effects how the program would be used if you were using assistive technology. We're just concerned about the preferences that effect the code that is going to be written. Click OK to accept any changes you have made.

To see what these preferences do, let's create a new page. Go to the File menu and select the first option, New, to bring up the New Document dialogue box. In the first column of the box click on Blank Page. In the page type column select HTML. In the layout column select none. Then hit Create. The four preferences that we set pertain to form objects, images, media, and frames. Let's look at inserting a form object to see how the preference effects it.

Go to the insert result panel and select the forms tab. Click on the text field button. The input tag accessibility attributes dialogue box appears. Without that accessibility preference checked for form objects we would never see this box. What this box is asking for is a text label for our fields. These parameters are things that affect accessibility. By having that preference checked Dreamweaver gives you a reminder every time you insert one of those objects. We'll go over this in great detail in a later movie.

For now we just wanted you to see the effect of turning the accessibility features on and make sure you have them set correctly as we begin to build our site in the next chapter.

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Web Accessibility Principles

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  1. 2m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  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 31s
    1. Understanding screen readers and accessibility tools
      6m 12s
    2. Getting accessible browsers
      5m 41s
    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 12s
    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 51s
    5. Creating a liquid layout
      3m 4s
    6. Customizing a liquid layout
      7m 16s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Specifying the language
      3m 43s
    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 41s
    7. Ensuring proper color contrast
      6m 36s
    8. Creating text emphasis
      4m 29s
    9. Indicating quotations
      4m 29s
    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
      12m 0s
    5. Hiding skip navigation links
      6m 17s
    6. Proper link text and title attributes
      6m 11s
    7. Opening new windows
      4m 28s
    8. Accessibility limitations of fly-out menus
      6m 30s
    9. Creating an accessible fly-out menu
      8m 38s
  7. 27m 55s
    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 9s
    4. Adding ALT text to image maps
      5m 58s
    5. Describing complex graphics
      5m 32s
  8. 34m 1s
    1. Using tables for data
      3m 0s
    2. Creating header cells
      4m 5s
    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 7s
    1. Understanding form accessibility issues
      3m 7s
    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 15s
    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. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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