Monday, December 29, 2008

New guidelines boost web access

New guidelines make Web more accessible ...

"The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced a new standard to make sites more accessible to older and disabled people.

Version 2.0 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) will apply to text, images, audio and video.

It also covers web applications and is said to give developers more flexibility than the old guidelines.

According to the consortium, WCAG 2.0 should also be easier to understand and use.

The guidance is designed to address barriers encountered by people with visual, hearing, physical, cognitive and neurological disabilities and older people with access needs.

Tester Chris Markley shows how his dyslexia inhibits his ability to use price comparison sites. His ratings are personal and do not represent a scientific appraisal of the sites.

WCAG 2.0 explains how to make content:

* Perceivable - including descriptive text for images, audio captions, flexibility of layout and colour contrast
* Operable - making sites usable with keyboards and improving navigation
* Understandable - making content easier to read and input more logical
* Robust - ensuring that content and applications are compatible with assistive technology such as screen readers and magnifiers"    (Continued via BBC NEWS, Geoff Adams-Spink, Usability News)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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