Building Accessible Websites book by Joe Clark

In Archive by Fredy Ore

Here is Joe Clark’s new book, Building Accessible Websites, on Web Accessibility.

It is to be published by New Riders in October 2001

Update (2002): Joe Clark has provided a summary of each Chapter.

Table of contents

00. The access manifesto
A declaration of what accessibility is and should be: “The true reason to design for accessibility is greed. Quite simply, I want it all, and so should you. Give us everything you’ve got. Give us everything there is to give”
01. How to read this book
Facts about the approach, limitations, and typography of the book
02. Why bother?
Why make Websites accessible? Well, why not? Common myths exploded, and active reasons to engage in Web accessibility provided
03. How do disabled people use computers?
The right (as opposed to “correct”) terms to use in discussing disabled people. Screen readers and other adaptive technology
04. What is media access?
Web accessibility is merely the latest form of media access to come down the pike. Learn your history
05. The structure of accessible pages
Web accessibility relies on standards. Learn the importance of valid structured HTML
06. The image problem
Reason in itself to buy this book: The fullest explanation of how to make online images accessible yet written, with dozens of special cases explained
07. Text and links
Text is the most accessible format there is, but some reasonable care must nonetheless be taken
08. Navigation
For a mobility-impaired person (and, to a lesser extent, for a blind person), moving around within Websites is tedious. Learn how to ease the tedium
09. Type and colour
Colourblindness explicated. In this chapter, what little you need to do to ensure readable onscreen type is laid out in black and white, as it were
10. Tables and frames
Tables prompt eye-gouging hissyfits among accessibility advocates and Web designers of all stripes, whether oldschool or avant-garde. Both sides are saddled with myths and both argue in large part from ideology. Let’s do a reality check, shall we?
11. Stylesheets
We are told that stylesheets hold tremendous untapped power in accessible Web design. Could it be almost completely untrue?
12. Forms and interaction
Getting around inside Web forms
13. Multimedia
Near and dear to my heart, a full discussion of captioning and audio description of multimedia
14. Certification and testing
You may be required to assert that your Website is accessible – and prove it. Here’s how
15. Future dreams
The current state of the art barely qualifies as an “art.” What do we need for Websites to be truly and elegantlyaccessible?