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Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers by Sarah Horton

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Chapter 15. Page Layout

Web designers have multiple layers to attend to. The visual layer is likely the one that gets the most attention and care, but Web design does not stop at the screen. To produce effective and functional designs that enable visual and nonvisual access, we must consider the visual characteristics of a page along with its underlying structure. The ultimate test of a Web page is how well it performs when read by software. This readability is influenced by the methods used to lay out pages.

Nonvisual access is contingent on the order in which elements appear in the code. Software reads Web pages from beginning to end. For pages to read well, elements must appear in logical sequence in the code. Related elements should be in ...

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