Accessibility Links & Resources

The following is not an exhaustive list, but is intended to provide a broad range of the types of resources available. The reader is encouraged to perform web searches if additional information on a specific subject is required.


The Federal government's online resource for Section 508 information.

- Web Accessibility Initiative
The Accessibility home page of the W3C.

- The Web Standards Project
The Web Standards Project has been assisting web developers and browser manufacturers with bringing their projects into conformance with W3C standards. This is an excellent resource for standards-based design techniques.

- Standards Schmandards: Browsing Habits of Screen Reader Users

- Assistive Technologies for Computers and Printed Materials

- Testing for Accessibility
A rather annoying but informative online slide presentation.

- VoiceOver and Safari: Screen Reading on the Mac
VoiceOver is built-in to Mac OS X – a free screen reader!

- Techniques for WCAG 1.0
Links to examples and techniques for satisfying the requirements defined in “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.” Much of the material for this training course was based on this document. Note that some of the markup in the examples is incorrect! Caveat emptor.

- Accessify Forums
A community of web developers and accessibility experts covering a wide range of topics.

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General Information

- A List Apart
Many excellent articles on standards-based and accessible web design.

Excellent information on a broad range of web standards and accessibility topics, like Javascript and CSS.

- Standards Schmandards: Working with content to increase accessibility

A great resource for the latest web design scoop, including standards and accessibility news.


- W3C: XHTML 1.0
The W3C specification.

- New York Public Library Online Style Guide
A great resource for those looking to upgrade existing content to standards-based markup.

- Deprecated Elements and Attributes
Elements and attributes that have been deprecated in the most recent version of XHTML, XHTML 1.0.

- HTML Tidy
Dave Raggett's HTML TIDY is a free utility that provides an automatic way to fix HTML coding mistakes and to tidy up sloppy editing into nicely laid-out markup.

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- CSS Design: Size Matters
An article about the complexities of units and sizing.

- Elastic Design
How to make scaleable (zoom-able) websites.

- Em Calculator

- CSS Positioning

- Introduction to CSS Layout

- Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition, by Eric Meyer (O'Reilly Publishing)

- CSS Accessibility Standards and Links

- W3C: Cascading Style Sheets
The W3C CSS project home page.

- CSS Zen Garden
A demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based design.

- Why Avoiding Tables Is Important
A great write-up on the reasons for using CSS Positioning instead of tables to lay out your pages.

- The Noodle Incident
An invaluable resource for working around known browser bugs.

Molly E. Holzschlag is a well-known web standards advocate, instructor, and author. She is Group Lead for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and an invited expert to the HTML and GEO working groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

- css / edge
A cutting-edge guide to cutting-edge CSS design.


- Box of Chocolates: Javascript and Accessibility
A discussion of the accessibility of Javascript.