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- Understand what accessibility really means and why it’s important
- Ensure that content editors and writers publish accessible articles
- Create accessible Joomla! Templates
- Understand Assistive Technology (AT) and the needs of people with disabilities
Book DetailsLanguage : English
Paperback : 156 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2007
ISBN : 1847194087
ISBN 13 : 9781847194084
Author(s) : Joshue O Connor
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Content Management (CMS), Joomla!, Open Source
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why be Accessible?
Chapter 2: Understanding Accessibility
Chapter 3: Understanding Disability and Assistive Technology (AT)
Chapter 4: Creating Accessible Content
Chapter 5: Creating Accessible Templates
Chapter 6: Using XStandard to Create Accessible Content
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Errata- 6 submitted: last submission 09 Jan 2012
Errata type: typo | Page number: 2
The first paragraph under "Who is this book for" heading says: "You don't need to know anything about accessibility -- the author tells you all that you need to know to make your Joomla! sites compliant with accessibility standards". It should read: "You don't need to know anything about accessibility -- the author tells you all that you need to know to start building more accessible websites".
Errata type: typo | Page number: 9
Under the heading, "Accessibility Legislation" , the line-We will now look in detail at the current state of legislation in the Ireland, after..... should read We will now look in detail at the current state of legislation in Ireland, after..
Errata type: typo | Page number: 20
The first paragraph says: "A good rule of thumb in user interface design is to provide instructions on how to perform particular tasks".It should read: "A good rule of thumb in user interface design is that if you need to provide instructions on how to perform each task, it's already too complicated".
Errata type: typo | Page number: 26
The last paragraph says: "What I hope to do is provide you with a step-by-step way of creating a WCAG compliant website using Joomla! I will focus in the rest of the book on what I feel are some of the main areas that you should give your attention to."It should say: "Insted of providing you with a step-by-step way of creating a WCAG compliant website using Joomla!, I hope to focus in the rest of the book on what I feel are some of the main areas that you should give your attention to."
Errata type: typo | Page number: 27
The first paragraph says: "... share a few disabilities types and how users with these disabilities could use technology." It should say: "... share what I know about a few types of disability and how users with these disabilities could use technology."
Errata type: typo | Page number: 66
The 1st para in "What just happened" says: "Above, two methods of providing an alternative description of an image are described." It should say: "Above, a method for providing an alternative description of an image was described."
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What you will learn from this book
- Get under the hood with Joomla! and learn how to modify Joomla! HTML output in order to make more accessible websites.
- Understand how to use WYSIWYG editors like TinyMCE and XStandard to create accessible content.
- Create accessible Joomla! templates.
- Understand some of the most popular assistive technologies (AT) and how they work.
- Gain a deeper understanding of some different disabilities.
- Get an overview of the legal requirement to be accessible.
- Gain some very practical guidance based on the authors’ years of practical experience working as a web developer and with people with disabilities.
Chapter 1 looks at the legal situation around the world and other drivers that put accessibility on the web developers’ map. This chapter also looks at some definitions of accessibility and introduces the concepts of usability and universality. The chapter explores the need to understand your users, accommodate diversity, and dealing with change as well as some of the benefits of accessibility.
Chapter 2 considers how both accessibility and usability make up a powerful combination for a holistic approach to web development and a positive user experience for everyone. The chapter looks at other practical ways of determining whether your sites are not only accessible but also usable, such as user testing. The chapter also looks at the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Chapter 3 looks at various types of disability as well as the variety of assistive technology that is available. You will also learn how to modify your browsing experience in order to try to gain a greater understanding of what it is like for people with disabilities when they go online.
Chapter 4 looks at using headings and other HTML elements to provide content structure. How this benefits users of assistive technology and other SEO (Search Engine Optimization) benefits. This chapter examines how to provide simple text alternatives to images and using descriptive link text to assist accessibility, as well as creating accessible tables and how to edit the HTML by hand.
Chapter 5 examines the importance of preparation while designing your template and the advantages of using accessible templates. The chapter also explains the importance of good color contrast and making your text resizable for visually impaired users as well as the making your interface keyboard accessible.
Chapter 6 looks at getting the most out of XStandard, while throughout most of the book TinyMCE was used.
Understanding how to create accessible websites is an essential skill these days . You may even be obliged by law to create websites that are usable by the widest audience, including people with a range of disabilities.
This book looks at what accessibility is and the various reasons, such as legislative or legal, as to why you really need to understand accessibility and then create websites that can be used by everyone.
This book therefore examines the diverse range of user requirements that need to be considered for humans to successfully use web technologies.
If you have no experience of being around, or working with, people with disabilities then it can be very difficult to successfully design user interfaces that cover their needs. This book will show you how you can both understand some of the various needs of people with disabilities and the technology they use to interact with computers and the Web.
This book provides a short, practical guide to ensure that your Joomla! web site is accessible and usable by the widest audience.
This is a practical book that contains many step-by-step examples for the reader to get their teeth into. Primarily, the book is designed to help the reader gain a deeper understanding of Joomla! and accessibility, but it can also be read as an introduction to assistive technology, disability, and the diversity of user requirements.
The book also attempts to de-mystify accessibility and take it off the theoretical platform and firmly root it in the real world with tangible benefits for users of Joomla!.
Who this book is for
This book is a guide to any Joomla! user who wants to make their sites more accessible and the author does assume that you have a basic working knowledge of Joomla!. You don’t need to know anything about accessibility -- the author tells you all that you need to know to make your Joomla! sites accessible to the widest audience.
While some design skills and technical knowledge of HTML, CSS and PHP will be very useful you will still benefit from reading this book if you wish to understand more about assistive technology and the needs of people with disabilities. The book is distilled from years of hands on experience that the author has as a web developer and also working with people with disabilities.