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Understanding Common Web Abbreviations

If you’ve been on the web for more than a day, you’ve noticed that people tend to speak in groupings of letters that have no rational meaning—web developers use a lot of abbreviations and acronyms. In fact, in some cases, you can’t even pronounce them. These are some of the more commonly used abbreviations (and […]

Writing for Web Accessibility

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Basic considerations to help you get started writing web content that is more accessible to people with disabilities. These tips are good practice to help you meet accessibility requirements.

Acrobat and Accessibility

Although you can create accessible PDF files in several programs, Adobe Acrobat Professional is required to evaluate, repair, and enhance the accessibility of existing PDF files. Tags Pane The Tags pane allows you to view, reorder, rename, modify, delete, and create tags. Many of these actions can be completed more easily using the TouchUp Reading Order […]

PDF Accessibility

PDF files are not typically created in Acrobat. They are usually created in another program and converted to PDF. There are dozens or probably hundreds of programs that can create PDF files, but very few of them produce tagged PDF files. If you are using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, OpenOffice.org Writer, or Adobe tools such as InDesign, […]

Defining Acrobat PDF Accessibility

Before discussing the accessibility of PDF files, it is important to distinguish between Adobe, Acrobat and PDF. These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Adobe is a company; they are the creators of Acrobat. Acrobat is a tool for creating, editing and viewing PDF files. PDF is a format or type […]

Tips and Tricks for Images

Tips and Tricks Choosing appropriate text alternatives: Imagine that you’re reading the web page aloud over the phone to someone who needs to understand the page. This should help you decide what (if any) information or function the images have. If they appear to have no informative value and aren’t links or buttons, it’s probably […]

Web Forms

Web Forms Forms are commonly used to provide user interaction on websites and in web applications. For example, login, requesting information, registering, commenting, and purchasing. The same concepts apply to all forms, whether they are processed client or server-side. Aside from technical considerations, users usually prefer simple and short forms. Only ask users to enter […]

Tips and Tricks for Tables

Tips and Tricks Keep it simple: Complex tables are more work for content creators as well as being harder to interpret for users. It’s usually better to break up complex tables into simple individual tables, each containing the data for one sub-topic. Multiple simple tables can provide the same information as the mutli-level table but it makes the information easier […]

Table “Caption” and “Summary”

Caption and Summary Captions and summaries provide information that can help users find, navigate, and understand tables. While they are not required in every case to meet WCAG 2.0, captions and summaries are fairly straightforward ways to provide such information that is often needed. A caption functions like a heading for a table. Most screen readers announce the content […]

Creating Accessible Layout or Data Tables

If you’re not a screen reader user, let’s pretend that you are for just a moment. You’re going to a web site to find out where the biology 205 class is going to be held. You go to a web page that has this information, and this is what you hear: Table with 10 columns […]