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Universal Design for Web Applications Web Applications That Reach Everyone

ISBN-10: 0596518730
ISBN-13: 9780596518738
Edition: 2008
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Description: Is designing for accessibility a burden or a benefit? Universal Design for Web Applications demonstrates how building a website to accommodate people with physical and learning disabilities makes marketing sense. It takes more work upfront, but the  More...

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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Is designing for accessibility a burden or a benefit? Universal Design for Web Applications demonstrates how building a website to accommodate people with physical and learning disabilities makes marketing sense. It takes more work upfront, but the potential payoff is huge -- especially when mobile users need to work with your sites. You'll learn how to use standards-based web technologies such as XHTML, CSS, and Ajax, along with new uses for video, Flash, and PDF to develop applications for a wide range of users and a variety of devices, including the mobile web. You'll also learn about the target audience -- and why so many of them are in the key over-50 age group that accounts for 30% of web usage and growing. This book will help you: Appreciate the importance of metadata, and how it affects images, headings, and other design elements Build forms that accommodate cell phones, screen readers, word prediction, and more Create visual designs using color and text that work for a variety of situations and people Build tables that present information without spatial cues Design Ajax-driven social networking applications that are easily accessible by the disabled Provide audio with transcriptions, and video that includes captions and audio descriptions Discover assistive technology support for Rich Internet Application technologies such as Flash, Flex, and Silverlight Learn the value of having an accessibility evangelist on your design teamAccessibility has spawned several innovations in recent years. Universal Design for Web Applications provides a road map for design so you can produce applications that function better, are easier to maintain, and benefit a wide range of people.

Wendy Chisholm is a consultant, developer, author, and speaker on the topic of universal design. As co-editor of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) and then staff at the World Wide Web Consortium, she has worked with people around the globe to make the web accessible. Currently residing in Seattle, WA, Wendy consults with market leaders such as Microsoft, Adobe and Google, integrating universal design concepts into their tools and technologies. She continues to further the research and development of universal design as a part-time staff at the University of Washington.

MATTHEW E. MAY is the author of the critically acclaimedThe Elegant Solution, which won the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence. A popular speaker, he lectures to corporations, governments, and universities around the world, and is currently Senior Lecturer on Creativity and Innovation at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Business. He spent nearly a decade as a close adviser to Toyota, and his articles have appeared in national publications such asUSA Today, Strategy+Business,andQuality Progress. He has appeared inThe Wall Street Journaland on National Public Radio. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, he lives in Southern California.

Preface
Introducing Universal Design
Accessible Design: A Story
Putting Universal Design to Work
Selling It
There Is No "Them"
Audience Characteristics
Configurability
Growth Opportunity
Legal Liability
The Standards
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG)
User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG)
The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA)
Mobile Web Best Practices (MWBP)
Professionalism
Early and Often
Summary
Metadata
What Is Metadata?
Images
Keys to Writing Good Text Alternatives
Pictures of Recognizable Objects
Document-Level Metadata
Role and State
Relationships
Link Text
Summary
Structure and Design
First Principles
GET and POST
Semantics
Headings
Links
Tables
Lists
Color
Color Differentiation
Color Contrast
CSS Highlights
Liquid Layout
Text Size
Positioning
Images
Text Versus Images of Text
Flicker and Patterns
Designing for Email
Summary
Forms
Labels
fieldset and legend
The accesskey Attribute
Tab Order
Error Handling
Client Side
Server Side
Captcha
The Future of Forms
Summary
Tabular Data
Data Table Basics
Headings and Data
Caption
Complex Data Tables
Summary
Specifying Relationships Between Data and Headings
Readability, Layout, and Design
Color
Footnotes and Keys
CSS
pre
Summary
Video and Audio
Web Video: The Early Years
Video and Universal Design
Optimizing Web Video
Accessibility in Video
Captioning Your Video
Hiring a Captioner
Audio Description
Accessible Mobile Video
Transcripts and Text Alternatives
Summary
Scripting
Building on a Solid Foundation
Disappearing (and Reappearing) Acts
Summary
Ajax and Wai-Aria
Taking Stock of Existing Code
Code That Works Well Universally
Code That Can Be Made to Work Universally
Code That Needs a Workaround
Support in Browsers
Support in Assistive Technology
Direct Accessibility-Wai-Aria
Summary
Rich Internet Applications
Features of RIAs
Assistive Technology Support for RIAs
Flex Accessibility
Creating the Look: Accessible Custom Components
Creating the Feel: Accessible Custom Components
Backend Considerations
User-Generated Content
Testing Your Code
Microsoft Testing Tools
ACTF
Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4
Summary
The Process
Universal by Design
Tools and Testing
Development Tools
Evaluation Tools and Resources
20 Questions
Team Structures and Strategies
Cross-Reference for Universal Design for Web Applications
Index

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