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Chapter Fourteen. Accessibility Basics > The Law and the Layout

The Law and the Layout

The volume of confusion was already high when the passage of Section 508 of the U.S. Workforce Investment Act cranked it up to 11. (Note: We write from an American perspective and use American examples in this section, but the same principles apply no matter where you are and no matter what your local laws might be.)

Section 508 requires that many sites accommodate people with disabilities ranging from limited mobility to a vast range of visual impairments, and it spells out what accessible means. (Hint: Adding alt attributes to your images is not enough.) Faced with such a task, many web professionals conclude that accessibility means text-only pages or unattractive, “low-end” design. This isn't so.


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