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

Myth: Accessibility Forces You to Create Primitive, Low-End Designs

Not true. Images, table layouts, CSS, JavaScript, server-side technologies like PHP, and other staples of contemporary web design are perfectly compatible with WAI Priority 1 and U.S. Section 508 compliance; they simply require care and judgment. You can also use plug-in based technologies like Flash and QuickTime, as long as you follow the guidelines that pertain to them (discussed later in this chapter). All sites produced by Happy Cog in the past two years employ DOM-based scripts, CSS or hybrid layouts, GIF and JPEG images, et cetera ad infinitum, yet they all pass online access validation tests quite handily.

Important: As we'll soon see, passing online access validation tests does not guarantee that your site is truly accessible or compliant. There are limits to the kinds of tests that software can perform; human judgment must temper and evaluate all such tests. On the other hand, failing WAI Priority 1 or U.S. Section 508 tests is a pretty good sign that your site does not comply.


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