[Accessibleweb] WebAIM Newsletter (fwd)

Jennifer Ward jlward1 at u.washington.edu
Tue Feb 17 13:23:49 PST 2004

Has anyone used the program developed at UI for accessible Microsoft
Office-generated pages? If it's pretty straightforward I know several of
my staff who could benefit from it.


Jennifer Ward
Head, Web Services
Information Technology Services
University of Washington Libraries
phone: 206.685.3121

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On Target!
A monthly Web accessibility newsletter from WebAIM

February 2004

Captioning your Audio
A WebAIM article

Abstract: Captions are text versions of the spoken word. On the Web, synchronized, equivalent captions should be provided any time audio content is present. This obviously pertains to the use of audio and video played through multimedia players such as Quicktime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player, but can also pertain to such technologies as Flash, Shockwave, or Java when audio content is a part of the multimedia presentation. Full Article: Captions http://www.webaim.org/techniques/captions/

On Target Tip

Have you checked your site for color?

When checking your site for accessibility, remember to think of those that have color deficiencies. Roughly 10% of the male population suffers from some form of color blindness. Web site design should incorporate colors that have sufficient contrast that allow people with visual impairments and color blindness to easily access your content. Besides considering color contrast, color should never be used as the sole method for conveying content. Good color design is good usability for everyone. See WebAIM's tutorial on color-blindness for more information. http://www.webaim.org/techniques/visual/colorblind

Other Resources

Vischeck - http://www.vischeck.com/vischeck/
A program that will simulate what your images or web page would look like to a person with various types of color-blindness. The service is available for free either online or for download. It is a quick and easy way to see if your color scheme is accessible.

ColorMatch Remix - http://color.twysted.net/
ColorMatch Remix has put together an online colorpicker that can generate color schemes for you. For those of us that have a hard time getting just the right colors for our web pages or are trying to put together an accessible color scheme this is a great place to start. The site mentions that the colorpicker is compatible with most browsers and has the ability to export your color scheme in various formats.

On Target Resource

Web Publishing Accessibility Wizard for Microsoft Office - http://cita.rehab.uiuc.edu/software/office/overview.html

The Illinois Center for Instructional Technology Accessibility has created an accessibility wizard that will simplify and automate much of the process of converting standard Microsoft Office documents to accessible HTML. The wizard can convert Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations, and Excel charts that are imported into either Word or PowerPoint. If you use Microsoft Office and want to have accessible HTML versions of those documents this is a great way to simplify the process.

WebAIM Discussion Forum

Subscribe to the WebAIM discussion forum - http://www.webaim.org/discussion/

View the WebAIM discussion forum archives - http://www.webaim.org/discussion/archives

Selected recent threads

Layout and colour issues http://www.webaim.org/discussion/mail_thread.php?thread=1764
Math Symbols http://www.webaim.org/discussion/mail_thread.php?thread=1758
Interactive Graphing Tool http://www.webaim.org/discussion/mail_thread.php?thread=1757
JAWS and Labels http://www.webaim.org/discussion/mail_thread.php?thread=1756
Text Size Changers http://www.webaim.org/discussion/mail_thread.php?thread=1755

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