Articles by Trenton Moss
The Disability Discrimination Act states that service providers must not discriminate against disabled people. A website is regarded as a service and therefore comes under this law.
Some organisations are changing to their websites, but many are seemingly not making the adjustments. Disabled people don’t access their website, they say, so why should they care? ... continue
Web usability: Web credibility
Web usability: It's old news
If you've been developing websites on Mars for the past few years then you'll be forgiven for not knowing about web usability. You'll still be creating splash intro pages, having pages with massive download times and using more images than you can shake a stick at. Well, back in Earth these days have long gone and today web usability rules the web development world. For those of you who have been on Mars please read some of the things that Jakob Nielson has to say at www.useit.com/alertbox and try to catch up. ... continue
In 1995 a new era of accessibility for disabled people began. The Disability Discrimination Act was passed, stating that:
“It is unlawful for a service provider to discriminate against a disabled person by refusing to provide any service which it provides to members of the public.”... continue
out is good
Many websites I come across don't have a single link to another website. Ask the webmaster why not, and the answer you get is simple enough: "If I link to other websites people might leave my site." At this point I break the news that site visitors will leave your site. And there's nothing you can do about this. ... continue
United: Top of the web accessibility league?
A while ago Manchester United launched a separate accessible version of their website, manutd.com/access. There's been lots of publicity surrounding this accessible website and it even picked up an award. This accessible version doesn't offer as much content as the main website but it has all the accessibility features you could dream of: resizable text, ALT tags, screen reader optimisation etc. ... continue
Basic Tests To Check Your Website For Accessibility
The Disability Discrimination Act says that websites must be made accessible to disabled people. So how can you check that your website is up to par? There are a number of basic tests you can make to address some of the main issues. Webcredible ( www.webcredible.co.uk ), a web accessibility and usability consultant, suggest a number of guidelines that provide a good start in increasing accessibility to your site visitors: ... continue
Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) & Web Accessibility
There's been widespread speculation about the new legislation being introduced under the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act), which will ensure that websites are accessible to blind and disabled users. Try to find specific information about it on the Internet and chances are you'll come up empty handed. ... continue
DRC Blew It
The DRC (Disability Rights Commission) recently announced the results of their year-long investigation into the accessibility of 1000 websites. The DRC's report (www.drc-gb.org/publicationsandreports/2.pdf) concluded that most websites are highly inaccessible, with over 81% not even meeting basic standards of accessibility. ... continue
With more and more countries around the world passing laws about blind and disabled access to the Internet (including the Disability Discrimination Act in the UK), web accessibility has been thrown into the spotlight of the online community. This article attempt to put a stop to the misinformation that has been thrown around and tell you the truth behind web accessibility. ... continue
Accessibility: The Basics
What is web accessibility & why is it important?
Web accessibility is about making your website accessible to all Internet users (both disabled and non-disabled), regardless of what browsing technology they're using. In addition to complying with the law, an accessible website can reap huge benefits on to your website and your business. ... continue
usability: The basics
What is web usability & why is it important?
Web usability is about making your website in such a way that your site users can find what they're looking for quickly and efficiently. A usable website can reap huge benefits on to your website and your business. ... continue
a CSS Website Layout Will Make You Money
Although CSS layouts have been around for years, they haven't become so commonplace until recently. This was basically due to limited browser support (especially from Netscape 4) - nowadays though, CSS 2.0 (which introduced positioning) is compatible with over 99% of browsers out there (check out the browser stats over at www.thecounter.com/stats/2004/August/browser.php). ... continue