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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (July 25 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596388
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 4 x 23.5 cm
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About the Author

Richard Rutter lives and works in Brighton, U.K. He is production director for the web consultancy Clearleft (www.clearleft.com). Richard has been designing and developing websites for nigh on 10 years. Early in 2003, he built his first blogging engine, which still powers his weblog Clagnut (www.clagnut.com), in which he harps on about accessibility, web standards, and mountain biking.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great June 19 2016
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic accessibility guide, updated at last Oct. 18 2006
By L. Jeffrey Zeldman - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance is like attending a five-day conference on web accessibility, featuring almost every master of the subject now writing in English. The authors include a passionate user advocate who helps the W3C craft its internationally recognized accessibility standards; a web developer who guided Macromedia in its efforts to bring accessibility to Flash; and the accessibility expert who lent her name to the leading web service that tests for accessible site development.

The book is deep and vast. It covers aspects of accessibility you might not even have known were possible. There's big-picture stuff, and hands-on, dirty code. There are smart, insightful tips on working with users, and there is detailed information about complying with accessibility laws. It's a concept book and a code book, a book filled with detailed guidelines, and also one that encourages you to think for yourself as you interpret those guidelines.

I bought the first edition of this book and have given it to clients and colleagues. The new edition is even more useful. If you want your site to be accessible, you need this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate reference for ADA compliance Oct. 29 2008
By Penguinns - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent resource for ADA compliance. The requirements for ADA are so complicated that without a book like this it would be difficult if not impossible to understand what is compliant and what is not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book Jan. 24 2007
By Ronald Pumphrey - Published on Amazon.com
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This an awesome book. This book is the to have for all web developers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Covering of Web Accessibility Oct. 17 2006
By Nate Klaiber - Published on Amazon.com
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Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance was one of the more hefty books I have read in the past few months, weighing in at approximately 648 pages. The book spanned many different topics (accessible javascript, CSS, accessible PDF, accessible Flash, etc). This book was not a CSS Mastery, DOM Scripting, or The Flash Bible - but it covered each topic in relation to accessibility. Each chapter did a great job of covering all of the basics as well as giving extra resources if you wanted to find out more.

The book was split up into three parts:

* Part 1: The Impact of Web Accessibility was initially a tough section to get through. This is a very important section, and sets the foundation for the rest of the book, but I was initially overwhelmed by all of the terms presented (some of which I was unfamiliar with related to standards). This section was full of great information, as well as links to discover even more information.

* Part 2: Implementing Accessible Websites covers a broad range of topics (listed above). This was the lengthiest part of the book, but well worth the read. Much of what was discussed in these chapters has been discussed in other books I have read lately. Each chapter goes in-depth on creating accessible websites and using the technology at hand. The chapter related to assistive devices confirmed what Nathan Smith said, "I mean, I always thought browser differences were bad, but compared to the many screen reader quirks, wow." Overall, it discusses best practices for web development.

* Part 3: Accessibility Law and Policy wraps up the entire book. This section covers the legal information in an array of different countries as they relate to websites. Again, I was worried that this section might be dry - but I found it easy to read and learned much.

Most of this book could be summed up by Cynthia Waddell at the end of Chapter 16 where she states:

"The economic, political, and ethical benefits far outweigh the cost of this effort. The cost of being inaccessible - missing the boat on the coming age of thin clients, failing to serve our most needful citizens and employees, and legal liability - can be incalculable.

This millennium offers unprecedented opportunities for efficient, effective governance. The Internet should be accessible to all. It is the right thing to do."

This book is a must have for any serious web developer. Don't be intimated by the size, it is well worth the read (and chock full of extra resources).