Fight Against Discrimination, Make the internet for EVERY ONE!

By | 08/11/2008

Let’s get straight to the point! Disabled people should have the same rights as everyone else. And should be able to access the information available on the internet easily.
So we as bloggers, web designers, web programmers, should not discriminate disabled people. And for this, we should create Accessible websites and webpages. There are standards which have been invented and implemented, as well as special internet browsers were created to let disabled people surf the internet as others do. Implementing these standards in your design objectives, will ensure your website’s (or blog) accessibility.
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The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) aims to end the discrimination that many disabled people face.

Currently, Gibni.com is a standard website which complies to almost all accessibility standards. That means, disabled people can also surf Gibni.com easily and benefit from it’s articles, discussions, features, and tools.

Every time I start a website design or weblog template design, I think about these standards and I do my best in implementing them into my project.

To make the internet a better place, I suggest that you start implementing these standards in your designs and codes so you make your information available to EVERY ONE!

These are first things to do:

1- Check images for alternative text (the alt=”” attribute of the img tag!)

2- Check decorative images for alternative text, like borders, corners, backgrounds…

3- Your forms should be accessible. (Provide alt=”” for inputs, label your form elements…)

4- Your text should be resizable. Means that the user should be able to make your text bigger or smaller in his/her browser.

5- Define tabindex attribute for clickable or selectable important content and page elements, so that users can navigate your site without a mouse.

6- Use keyboard shortcuts for main functionalities of your site.

7- Use a sitemap. Users should not get lost in your site!

8- Make your links human-understanable so they make sense.

9- If you have Audio or Video content, provide subtitles or transcripts of the audio.

There are a lot of articles written on this subject, so you can learn fast and easy how to do it right. Just search using your favorite search engine.

To check the accessibility of your site, use this tool: WAVE

Resources:

1- http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-accessibility/testing-web-accessibility.shtml

2- http://www.designedforall.com/accessibilityservices/whyaccessibility/

3- http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/RightsAndObligations/DisabilityRights/DG_4001068

4- http://wave.webaim.org/

5- http://www.webnauts.net/check.html

One thought on “Fight Against Discrimination, Make the internet for EVERY ONE!

  1. Sheron Kizzee

    I really enjoyed reading this entry. It gave me a lot to think about in the future. Thanks!

    Reply

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