How I Run My Web Site Good
Rutland Free Library
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Accessibility in a Nutshell
We just redesigned our website. I think it looks pretty good
But best of all, it's accessible!
Accessible web design means that your web site is viewable, usable and understandable by the widest possible range of users. What sorts of users might you have?
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Who are your users?
Potentially, your community includes
- Users who can't see, hear, move, or process some types of information
- Users who have difficulty reading or comprehending text
- Users who may not be able to use a keyboard or mouse
- Users who have a text-only screen, a small screen, or a slow Internet connection
- Users who may not speak or understand English fluently
- Users who may have older browsers, or different browsers or operating systems
To sum up: people with sensory, physical, cognitive or software limitations.
Why is this important for libraries?
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Two reasons: we care, and it's the law
"the Department of Justice stated that state, local governments and the business sector must provide effective communication whenever they communicate through the Internet. The effective communication rule would apply to libraries using the Internet for communication regarding their programs and services. "
"When blind people use the internet and come across unfriendly sites, we aren't surfing, we are crawling ....Imagine hearing pages that say, 'Welcome to ...[image].' 'This is the home of ... [image].' 'Link, link, link.' It is like trying to use Netscape with your monitor off and the mouse unplugged. See how far you'll get."
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Two things to focus on
- What users "see" depending on their situation
- How users move from place to place
Special hot spots: use of color, use of images, phrasing of links, "bells and whistles." Some examples from the RFL site...
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Rutland Free Library Site
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- use of color - contrasting, avoiding red/green, white space
- use of images - small, easy to load, ALT text, not used for navigation
- phrasing of links - no "click here", title tags, multiple ways to indicate a link
- "bells and whistles" or lack thereof - easy layout, repeated throughout site. no video, flash, extended PDFs, blinking anything
- other items invisible to most users: access keys, skip navigation, acronyms, no fixed font sizes
Special for Librarians
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- finding aids
any questions or comments?
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Testing Tools & Tips
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