Other Guidelines on Accessibility

Some external websites containing guidelines for accessibility are listed below.

Web Accessibility Tools

TOPIC: Bobby--Tests accessibility of website
DESC: This tool tests the accessibility of a website. It only tests external sites it reaches. If your website meets with "Bobby's" approval, you can place a "Bobby Approved" icon on your website. This tool also provides you with the time it takes to download a site and the speed of the modem used to download the site.

Websites And Papers On Accessibility

TOPIC: web accessibility - use of sounds for the visually impaired
URL: http://www.isye.gatech.edu/chmsr/Diego_Castano/abs2.html
DESC: "Guidelines for the Use of Sound in ATM Interfaces for the Visually Impaired"

TOPIC: W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, WAI Reference List on Web Accessibility
URL: http://www.w3.org/WAI/References/
DESC: This site addresses accessibility for those with disabilities. It has links to design guidelines, projects and research, utilities and tools, along with other links.

TOPIC: U. S. Access Board
URL: http://www.access-board.gov/
DESC: The primary mission of this board is to serve the nation in providing accessibility for people with disabilities. The site lists publications and training opportunities along with other useful information.

TOPIC: Designing Universal Web Pages
URL: http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/dmd/access/welcome1.htm
DESC: This site discusses how to design universal web pages and authoring accessible web pages.

TOPIC: Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation: WebABLE!
URL: http://www.yuri.org/webable/index.html
DESC: This site contains a host of disability-related internet resources.

TOPIC: Guidelines for Accessible HTML Pages
URL: http://www.yuri.org/webable/htmlglds.html
DESC: This document gives guidance in creating HTML pages that increase accessibility to users with disabilities.

TOPIC: The Disability Connection
URL: http://www.apple.com/disability/welcome.html
DESC: This site discusses cutting edge technology and Apple's solutions to disability. It contains a shareware library specifically designed for the disabled using the Macintosh. It includes braille utilities, keyboard modifications, large print, sign language and talking software. In addition, it includes links to other sites that contain shareware for the Macintosh and Apple II.

TOPIC: Unified Website Accessibility Guidelines
URL: http://trace.wisc.edu/docs/html_guidelines/central.htm
DESC: This document discusses HTML guidelines for improving accessibility.

TOPIC: Sun Technology and Research - Enabling Technologies - Towards Accessible HCI
URL: http://www.sun.com/tech/access/updt.HCI.advance.html
DESC: This document is directed at providing users with disabilities access to information technologies. The document discusses economic and soical impact and legal requirements. Specific disabilities are discussed and technological solutions suggested.

TOPIC: Designing More Usable Websites
URL: http://www.trace.wisc.edu/world/web/index.html
DESC: This site contains links to accessibility documents, tools and browsers. Programs and projects addressing web accessibility issues are identified.

TOPIC: Software lets the blind browse the Web
URL: http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/ct747.htm
DESC: This article is about a software product that allows the blind to browse the web. It contains a link to the software developer's home page.

TOPIC: City of San Jose Disability Access Design Standards
URL: http://www.ci.san-jose.ca.us/oaacc/disacces.html
DESC: The document discusses the standards that the City of San Jose developed for their home pages to aid persons with disabilities to use their web pages.

TOPIC: Universal Internet Access Project
URL: http://www.utoronto.ca/atrc/uiap/
DESC: This document discusses adaptive technologies for disabled users.

TOPIC: Color Contrast and Partial Sight
URL: http://www.lighthouse.org/1lh32a.html
DESC: This site gives guidelines on designing with colors that contrast effectively for people with low vision and color deficiencies.

TOPIC: National Center for Accessible Media
URL: http://www.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/ncam/
DESC: The mission of this research and development facility is to make media accessible to disabled persons, minority-language users, and people with low literacy skills.

TOPIC: Microsoft Accessibility and Disabilities
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/dev/web.htm
DESC: This site provides guidelines on accessibility.

TOPIC: Starling Access Services
URL: http://www.igs.net/~starling/acc/index.htm
DESC: This site gives guidelines on developing accessible web page designs.

TOPIC: IBM Special Needs Systems: IBM Accessibility
URL: http://www.austin.ibm.com/sns/access.html
DESC: IBM offers accessibility guidelines, checklists, and tools.

TOPIC: "People with Disabilities Can't Access the Web!"
URL: http://www.w3j.com/5/s3.paciello.html
DESC: Mike Paciello identifies information and software design that hinder access to electronic documents.

TOPIC: "Towards Accessible Human-Computer Interaction"
URL: http://www.sun.com/tech/access/updt.HCI.advance.html
DESC: Eric Bergman (SunSoft) and Earl Johnson (Sun Microsystems Laboratories) discuss disabilities and the use of "assistive technologies".

TOPIC "The Frame Tag: A Bit of a Bust, for Now"
URL: http://www.internetworld.com/print/1996/06/03/news/frame.html
DESC: Whit Andrews discusses the disadvantages of using frames.

TOPIC: "The Browser Safe Color Palette"
URL: http://www.lynda.com/hex.html
DESC: Linda Weinman discusses the use of color.

TOPIC: "This page optimized for ..."
URL: http://www.htmlhelp.com/feature/art2.htm
DESC: Jahn Rentmeister explains why using browser specific features is not recommended.

TOPIC: "On the Web, less is more...."
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/features/webgraph/_open.htm
outlines the tools needed to optimize download times.
DESC: Thomas Mace outlines the tools needed to optimize download times.

TOPIC: "Nielsen's Law of Internet Bandwidth"
URL: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/980405.html
DESC: Jakob Nielsen provides insights into internet bandwidth issues.

TOPIC: "Sun's New Web Design"
URL: http://www.sun.com/980113/sunonnet/index.html
DESC: Jakob Nielsen's report discusses speed issues.

TOPIC: "Guidelines for Multimedia on the Web"
URL: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9512.html
DESC: Jakob Nielsen presents sound advise for the use of multimedia on web pages.


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