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Refactoring HTML: Improving the Design of Existing Web Applications by Elliotte Rusty Harold

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Chapter 6. Accessibility

The Web has the potential to more fully integrate people with seeing, hearing, physical, learning, and other disabilities into society. By limiting the interaction necessary to communicate, as well as enabling delayed communications so that participants can move at their own pace, the Web has transformed our relationships with one another. Properly designed web pages neither know nor care whether you’re reading them with a CRT or a screen reader. Properly designed forms neither know nor care whether you’re inputting data with a keyboard, a mouse, or voice recognition software.

However, accessibility does not come automatically. Many pages are locked into one modality of use, most commonly visual. Many pages are designed ...

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