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Chapter 1. Creating a Dynamic Web Site > Creating an Accessible Web Site

Creating an Accessible Web Site

Unless you have a specific obstacle to using the Web, you may not think about making your Web site accessible. But for some visitors, the Web can be as frustrating as trying to climb a flight of stairs in a wheelchair. For example, blue/green color-blindness may make it impossible to locate links if you rely solely on color to distinguish them. Visitors with more severe visual impairment may rely on electronic screen readers, which read every word on the page but not graphic elements—leaving them stranded if your navigation is graphics-based.

Accessibility is an increasing concern for many Web site designers, especially those creating sites for a wide audience. In fact, the Section 508 legislation (www.section508.gov) says that federal agency Web sites and any companies receiving federal funds for their Web sites must be accessible (Figure 1.11).


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