Accessibility for Everybody: Understanding the Section 508 Accessibility Requirements

  • 9h 23m
  • John Mueller
  • Apress
  • 2003

While other books are looking to the Web and people with disabilities to focus attention on accessibility issues, Accessibility for Everybody: Understanding the Section 508 Accessibility Requirements looks that whole picture--accessibility for everyone in every environment. The government quickly realized that they have a wealth of older applications that will never appear on the Internet, but require some type of remedial upgrade to make them more accessible. The Section 508 rules don't just touch on the Internet, they provide rules about every aspect of computer use. Issues such as how to build accessible furniture or adding accessibility features to the phone system cannot be addressed within the scope of this book, but the book will touch on every issue the average Windows developer is going to want to know about.

Eventually, the vast majority of developers will recognize the need to add accessibility as one of the design goals for any application. However, one of the issues hindering that goal is the language used to convey the legal requirements for accessibility. This book seeks to remove the artificial hurdles presented by the language of the law by presenting the information in plain English. In short, this book about accessibility will make the Section 508 requirements more accessible to the average developer. Included will be Web sites, programming examples, sources of additional information, and other aids meant to make the job easier.

About the Author

John Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 58 books and over 200 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence, and from database management to heads-down programming. Some of his current books include a Web Matrix developer guide, a small business and home office networking guide, and several Windows XP user guides. His technical editing skills have helped over 31 authors refine the content of their manuscripts. John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. He's also contributed articles to magazines like SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, and Visual Basic Developer. He's currently the editor of the .NET electronic newsletter for Pinnacle Publishing.

In this Book

  • What is Section 508 Accessibility?
  • Understanding the Section 508 Requirements
  • Hardware, Resources, and Training
  • Developer Guidelines That Make Sense
  • Desktop Application Essentials
  • Using Microsoft Active Accessibility
  • Adding Usage Cues to Desktop Applications
  • Developing Special Desktop Application Capabilities
  • Web Site Essentials
  • Designing Easily Maintained Web Sites
  • Adding Usage Cues to Web Applications
  • Developing Special Web Application Capabilities
  • Accessible Scripting Solutions


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