Introduction to Accessibility

I have been giving a presentation to various organisations about getting started in web accessibility. I have recorded it for the new headscape website (which we might actually launch one day). Until that arrives I thought I would share it here.

Yes, I know my presentation on accessibility is inaccessible because there is no transcription. There will be one when the presentation is posted on the Headscape site. Please be patient.

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  • As always, great job Paul.

  • Martijn van der Ven

    Great simple view of what’s going on Paul. This should clear things up for a lot of people.
    Any chances on you doing more of these presentations? A whole serie might be to much, but a few more for the loyal fans?
    Vimeo made it fully blend in, got to take a look at them, they even hid my mouse pointer!
    On a side, I couldn’t stop wondering. What font is that? ;)

  • @Martijn I am sure there will be more. I think that whenever I give a presentation I would like to reproduce it like that.

  • Paul. Nice presentation. More please. I have a question about low-budget websites and how you would approach web accessibility in this scenario. I understand about the ‘bare minimum’ and ‘laying a solid foundation’ and I try and build websites using CSS, web standards etc. However, most of my clients have very small website budgets (I’m talking £500 to £1000 here) and doing a lot more than this is often a problem. I appreciate that Headscape’s clients probably have higher budgets but do you have specific web accessibility advice for low budget websites?

  • Greetings Clive. I’ll be interested to hear Paul’s opinion on this. My own two bits on this would be to do things like:
    * Make sure XHTML validates
    * Use descriptive ALT tags and TITLES
    * Avoid hiding content in Flash
    I’m sure I’m missing a few good ones. This question is very relevant to me so thank you for asking it.

  • Great stuff Paul. Looking forward to more of these.

  • Great presentation Paul, I’m looking forward to more in the future.

  • @Clive: My personal opinion on this is that you should only be building accessible websites, irrespective of the budget. I’ve found the more experienced you get the easier it becomes, making a site accessible isn’t like an extra task, its just the way its done in the first place.
    Sounds like your on the way there though, stick to CSS/standards and you’ll be laughing.
    Obviously this becomes more complicated when you get into Javascript driven applications, for instance a modal dialogue also needs a static page with the same functionality. For a basic website though there shouldn’t be anything stopping you making it accessible whatever the budget.

  • @Clive: My personal opinion on this is that you should only be building accessible websites, irrespective of the budget. I’ve found the more experienced you get the easier it becomes, making a site accessible isn’t like an extra task, its just the way its done in the first place.
    Sounds like your on the way there though, stick to CSS/standards and you’ll be laughing.
    Obviously this becomes more complicated when you get into Javascript driven applications, for instance a modal dialogue also needs a static page with the same functionality. For a basic website though there shouldn’t be anything stopping you making it accessible whatever the budget.
    @Paul: awesome stuff!

  • Woops! double posting…
    Wait, now its triple posting!

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