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Chapter 2. Creating Effective Layouts > Understanding the Basics of Usable and ...

Understanding the Basics of Usable and Accessible Design

If you spend any time around Web site design projects, usability and accessibility are words that you hear a lot. Usability refers to how easily your visitors can use your site, and accessibility refers to how well your site performs on technologies other than browsers and/or for visitors with disabilities. As often happens, these are two more buzzwords thrown into a presentation to sound impressive. Unfortunately, in practice, these concepts are generally misunderstood or overlooked.

Everyone involved in a Web project knows that people view Web pages using a computer and browser. Often overlooked are the increasing numbers of other devices, such as handhelds and cellphones, that are Web enabled. And don't forget about screen readers and screen magnifiers, which enable users who are blind or have limited vision to use the Web.


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