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CSC932: User Accessibility Links

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To help you find information about the topics covered in the User Accessibility part of the course, there are lots of references listed below. You aren't expected to read all these references! But if you have time and would like to read further on topics that interest you, you are encouraged to do so, and hopefully all these links make it a bit easier.

Design

Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd ed) by Steve Krug, link to the e-book from the University Library.
Bad Human Factors Designs
a fun scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow good design principles.
Principles of Universal Design
provided by The Center for Universal Design, NC State University
Universal Design, Principles and Guidelines
provided by Trace, a research and development centre concerning technology and disability
useit.com
Jakob Nielsen's comprehensive site about usability and web design, including articles from his Alertbox column, in particular
Marginalia of Web Design
International Usability
Universal Usability
a universal approach to web usability by Sarah Horton
Yale Style Guide
an excellent comprehensive site about good web page design
The Lightbulbs movie from lecture 2

Accessibility

AbilityNet - Adapting Technology
U.K. charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.
Accessibility - the DRC
how the Disability Rights Commission makes their web pages accessible.
Alliance for Technology Access
devoted to increasing diabled peoples' use of standard, assistive, and information technologies. Publishers of the book "Computer Resources for People with Disabilities".
The Web Delivers Light in a Sightless World
an article from the New York Times
Websites "failing" disabled users
a recent news article from the BBC about Web accessibility.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
explains how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities, by the W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium) explains how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities.
W3 guide to Accessibility policy round the world.
Webcredible
UK-based consultancy service that provides lots of very useful information about web accessibility on their website.
WebAIM - Web Accessibility in Mind
A site from Utah State University which contains lots of information about accessibility for the web.
WAVE
free tool for web page authors to help them identify accessibility problems with their web pages (provided by WebAIM).
Practical accessibility an article by Sarah Horton, provided by Dartmouth College
Making Educational Software Accessible: Design Guidelines Including Math and Science Solutions
this article by the National Center for Accessible Media contains a lot of generally useful information, including their accessibility tips.
Effective Color Contrast - Designing for People with Partial Sight and Color Deficiencies
an article by Lighthouse International
Screen reader simulation
provided by WebAIM
Software for Students with Dyslexia
part of a report on the Disabil-IT? conference
Accessibility Statement by www.dyslexic.com, contains tips on web page design for dyslexics
useit.com
Jakob Nielsen's site also has specific information about accessibility, in particular these articles from his Alertbox column:
Beyond Accessibility: Treating Users with Disabilities as People
Accessible Design for Users with Disabilities
Disabled Accessibility: The Pragmatic Approach

Disabilities

A Brief Introduction to Disabilities
provided by Trace.
Designing for the Color-Challenged
this article by Thomas Wolfmaier describes colour blindness in more detail
The British Dyslexia Association
has lots of useful information about dyslexia.

Disability Information/Discussion

Thirty-Something (Million): Should They Be Exceptions?
provided by Trace.
Reader's Guide to the Sydney Olympics accessibility complaint
www.disability.gov.uk
contains Government information about disabilities, including a guide to the Disability Discrimination Act
Disability Rights Commission provides many downloadable documents, including codes of practice and a booklet entitled:
Disability in Scotland - Key Facts and Figures 2004
More detail is given in Disability in Scotland - Executive Summary. The full report Disability in Scotland - A Baseline Study is also available.
Web Accessibility and the DDA
an article in the Journal of Information, Law and Technology by Martin Sloan
Recent Government Laws Relating to Disability and Product Design
gives an overview of American legislation, and is provided by Trace.

Page last updated on 27th February 2007