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WAAL 2008: Web Site and Online Database Accessibility...

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on Thursday, April 17, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Web Site and Online Database Accessibility at Academic Libraries: A Critical Overview of the Recent Research and Policy DevelopmentsAxel SchmetzkeAxel started by showing us a short video about using a screen reader to read online documents and surf the web."For people with print/sensory disabilities, the digitization of information offer unprecedented opportunities..." but we need to do it right. The accessibility of online stuff depends on its design.Common barriers to web page accessibility:images and maps without ALTtables used for layoutscrolling/blinking elementsno meaningful link textpoor contrast between text and backgroundno "skip navigation" linkWCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and Section 508 (federal requirements) are the standard "rules" for making online stuff accessible. 508 is becoming more widely used because vendors are motivated to meet federal requirements and many states (including WI) are adopting 508 as their standard.Reasons for an accessible online environment:Ethics -- it's the right thing to doEconomics -- it makes sense from...