Find out about how to make websites that work for everyone, including people with disabilities.
Web Accessibility Initiative
The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative works with a number of organisations and through public contribution to develop guidelines and resources aiming to make the web accessible to most disabled people.
The current reference guidelines remain 1999’s WCAG 1.0, however work is drawing towards completion on a revised set of guidelines (WCAG 2.0) which are currently available in working draft form.
In addition to content guidelines for web developers, WAI also produces guidance for the developers of user agents, authoring tools and in relation to the development and implementation of rich media and dynamic Internet applications.
WebAIM provide web accessibility guidance, training, and tools.
Their site contains a considerable collection of excellent free tools and guidance. The site is also an excellent source of up to the minute information and external accessibility links.
Adobe Accessibility Resource Centre
This section of the Adobe site details techniques which enable the creation of accessible PDF documents and sets out a framework to approach accessible design using Adobe Flash.
Visit the Adobe Accessibility Resource Centre
RNIB Web Access Centre
The RNIB’s Web Access Centre website provides considerable web accessibility guidance with particular, though far from exclusive, focus on the needs of the visually impaired audience.
Visit the RNIB Web Access Centre
Juicy Studio is the UK website of accessibility consultant, Gez Lemon. The blog style site provides a great deal of independent web accessibility guidance, debate and reference materials.
Visit Juicy Studio
Mencap – accessibility guidelines
Mencap are the largest UK charity concerned with the needs of people with intellectual disabilities (they use the term learning disabilities).
Mencap produce guidelines in PDF format entitled “Making your website accessible for people with a learning disability” which can be found in the resources relating to learning disability section.
Jim Thatcher is an accessibility consultant, developer and author with a long history in accessibility, having developed one of the first screen reader applications for IBM way back in the mid 1980s.
His site provides excellent reference materials, example techniques and summaries of accessibility guidance.
Visit Jim Thatcher's website
UIAccess is the homepage of Shawn Lawton Henry (Outreach Coordinator of the WAI) the focus of the main site is user interface design and usability.
Thanks to industry sponsorship, the site also hosts an online copy of Shawn’s latest book Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design.
456 Berea St
456 Berea St is the busy and vibrant blog of Swedish web developer, Roger Johansson. The blog is an excellent and well maintained source covering web standards, accessibility and more.
Visit 456 Berea St