Sebastopol, CA--Itís not a one-browser web anymore. You need to reach audiences that use cell phones, PDAs, game consoles, or other "alternative" browsers, as well as users with disabilities. Legal requirements for assistive technologies as well as a wide array of new browsing experiences means you need to concentrate on semantics, alternate access paths, and progressive enhancement.
In Design Accessible Web Sites (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34.95 US) author Jeremy Sydik shows how to create well-styled semantic markup that lets you provide the best possible results for all of your users. This book will help you provide images, video, Flash and PDF in an accessible way that looks great to your sighted users, but is still accessible to all users. Jeremy shows you basic principles and techniques for developing accessible HTML, audio, video, and multimedia content. In addition, you will understand how to apply the principles you learn in this book to new technologies when they emerge.
With this book, youíll:
- Use best practices of accessibility to develop accessible web content
- Build testing into projects to improve results and reduce costs.
- Create high quality alternative representations for your audience
- Add accessibility features to external media like PDF and Flash.
- Negotiate the terrain of accessibility standards.
- Apply principles of accessibility to new technologies as they emerge.
Give your audience the power to interact with your content on their own terms. Itís the right thing to do, and with a $100 billion a year market for accessible content, new laws and new technologies, you canít afford to ignore accessibility.
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Jeremy J. Sydik is Director of Research Technology Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Instructional Innovation. With a background in computer science and cognitive psychology, he has over ten years of experience in developing high-quality (accessible!) user interfaces to improve learning of abstract concepts.
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