07 November 2008, by A. Cedilla
While you should design your website to be pleasing to the eye, stunning graphics and fancy little details will not make up for the lack of a good navigation system. No matter how great your website looks, it’d be useless if your visitors can’t find their way around it.
Traditionally the navigation menu is placed just below the header area or on the left hand side of the web page. Usability studies have shown that web site visitors instinctively look in these areas first.
Wherever you decide to place your navigation menu, remember that consistency is important. You have to place your navigation menu in the same spot on every one of your web pages.
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02 November 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 2 of 2
Part 1 covered the first half of 20 guidelines you can follow to ensure you have a universally reader-friendly, accessible website. Here’s the second half:
11. If you use frames, have you titled each frame to make it easier for users to navigate your site and identify the frames?
12. When using applets and scripts, have you made sure that the pages are usable when all programmatic objects are not supported, or turned off? (If that isn’t possible, have you provided the information on an alternative accessible page?)
13. When using multimedia, have you provided an auditory description of the most important visual information on a multimedia presentation?
14. When using any time-based multimedia presentation (such as a movie or animation), have you synchronized the equivalent alternatives such as captions or auditory descriptions of the visual track to the presentation?
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31 October 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 1 of 2
The Americans With Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990 to protect persons with disabilities from being discriminated against. Designed to help guarantee equal opportunities for people with disabilities in any public area, this act covers regulations in areas of transportation, telecommunications, and state and local government services, to start.
Now, one of the really wonderful things that the Internet today has given us is the gateway it opens to new worlds for people who otherwise would have difficulty moving around in the regular world because of their disability.
Due to the very nature of the manufacturing process, for example, Braille books are painfully expensive and hard to get for everyone who needs them. But with specialized equipment, a blind person can access the internet and a whole world beyond the one his blindness has previously limited him to. People with restricted physical mobility can use the internet to ˜see” the world.
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September 8, 2007
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by Congress. The law was designed to protect people with disabilities from being discriminated against, because of a physical or mental disability. The act was put into place to help guarantee equal opportunity for people with disabilities in any public area – and it covers regulations for employment, transportation, state and local government services, telecommunications, etc.
But what about your website? Have you done all you can, to assure that your website is accessible?
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