There are nearly 750 million people with disabilities world-wide, and the Internet provides a realm in which most of them should be able to participate to the benefit of all. Systems developed for the use of the average citizen in the everyday world often abridge the rights of the disabled, excluding them by making access difficult, cumbersome, unrewarding or even impossible. But more and more design experts recognise that in the wired world there is an opportunity to correct this injustice, though careful and thoughtful planning is necessary.
Web Accessibility for People With Disabilities provokes ideas on how a Web site for which you have responsibility can and should be made accessible to the whole community rather than unfairly restrictive. This book introduces to all the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), launched to raise the awareness of accessibility issues on the Internet and to encourage corrections. Positively, laws and standards for accessibility are being formulated and invoked.
Tips, tools, specifications and language (scripting) enhancements to make your Web site accessible abound in this practical book, and the author supplies details of sites from all over the world that can give advice, evaluation, or sometimes just service as a good example. --Wilf Hey
"I hope that everyone who is building the Web will read this book and take its lessons to heart." -- Thomas Kalil, Special Assistant for Economic Policy to President Clinton
"Mike Paciello is a world leader in making information accessible and his expertise shines through every page of this book." -- Dr. Charles F. Goldfarb, inventor of SGML and co-author of The XML Handbook
"Paciello's book is a critical resource for removing barriers to effective communication and commerce and should be on everyone's bookshelf." -- Cynthia D. Waddell, J.D. Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator
"Provides Web authors with specific instructions for building accessible pages - right down to the HTML code." -- David Cole II, VP, Consumer Windows Division, Microsoft Corporation