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Chapter Fourteen. Accessibility Basics > Myth: Accessibility Forces You to Crea...

Myth: Accessibility Forces You to Create Two Versions of Your Site

Not true. If you design with web standards and follow certain guidelines, your site should be as accessible to screen readers, Lynx, PDAs, and old browsers as it is to modern, compliant browsers. Standards and accessibility converge in agreeing that one web document should serve all readers and users.

If you design exclusively in Macromedia Director/Shockwave, then, yes, to conform to WAI Priority 1 or Section 508 guidelines, you need to create a separate version. If access is part of your brief, design with standards, and save Shockwave for assignments where it's more appropriate. Note that an upcoming version of Macromedia Director will enable developers to create far more accessible Shockwave files. Whether those files will fully meet WAI or other access guidelines remains to be seen.


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