Straight to the Source

November 15, 2007 § Leave a comment

For perspective on accessible web code from a blind web developer, check out Aaron Cannon’s recent North Temple post, “The Accessibility Cookbook: A Recipe for Disaster.” After all the talk about alt attribute text, it can still be easy to get wrong, and Aaron highlights the importance of finding a balance between being descriptive when the image adds meaning and knowing when to leave the attribute blank.

He also mentions Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Andrew Kirkpatrick, et al., which I am slowly working my way through. One thing that I’ve already taken away from the book is that “skip navigation,” which has unfortunately become an industry standard, is not all that helpful to text-only users. In my redesign of the Mizzou Graduate School website, I opted for the recommended 〈a href="#main-content"〉Main content〈/a〉, which more directly tells people where the link will take them.

I removed North Temple from my RSS reader a little while ago because I found that many of the posts were not relevant to me, but luckily Cameron Moll (who works for the LDS church) pointed to Aaron’s post.

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