Coolfields Consulting Archive for the ‘Accessibility’ Category

Designing and Building Accessible Forms

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Introducing a series of posts on the best practices for making web forms accessible and some of the common pitfalls that can rob web forms of accessibility.

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Cognitive Support Technology for Older People

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On Wednesday 15th December 2010 I attended a Workshop on Cognitive Support Technology for Older People at Goldsmiths, London University in New Cross. Here is my brief write-up.

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Web Accessibility – Types of Disability

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The key to a full understanding of web accessibility is an understanding of the different types of disability and how those who live with those impairments cope with using the internet.

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Alternate Text for Images

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Adding appropriate alternate text to images on web pages is one of the most important accessibility techniques that site owners or developers can employ. This post presents a detailed guide to best practices for writing and implementing appropriate alternate text.

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Order of Page Components

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Using CSS page layouts can free up web page layouts and make life easier for users by placing the main content of the page nearer the top.

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Providing Skip Links in Your Pages

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This post looks at a quick and easy way to make your site easier to use for those who rely on keystrokes to get about the internet.

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Accessibility London Unconference 2010

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Short report from the first Accessibility London Unconference (a11yLDN) at City University London in September 2010.

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Key Differences Between WCAG1.0 and WCAG2.0

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A brief comparison of the WCAG2.0 web accessibility guidelines approved in Dec 2008 against the WCAG1.0 guidelines from 1999 – including key differences.

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Using Headings Properly

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Within your web pages the correct use of headings is very important for two main reasons: 1) To signpost your content for your users, and 2) To help with search engine optimization (SEO).

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Accessibilty vs Usability

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I thought it would be sensible to talk about the definitions of accessibility and usability as they relate to websites and web applications, since there still seems to be some confusion over the two concepts. It is important to note that they are not the same thing, but there is however an overlap between the two.

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