Monday, January 22, 2007

More 508 news and a developer's guide

I’m back with another post about web site accessibility. This time I've got some news that may be of interest to you and a resource for web developers.

It was just announced that
Blackwell Publishing has redesigned its web offerings.

According to the

“Blackwell Publishing, a society publisher, has announced its newly re-designed online delivery platform, Blackwell Synergy. Blackwell Synergy enables its users to search 1 million articles from over 850 scholarly journals across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and medicine. The redesign is intended to provide easier navigation, faster loading times, and improved access to tools for researchers, as well as meeting the latest accessibility standards (ADA section 508 and W3C's WAI-AA). The new Blackwell Synergy website retains all the benefits that researchers, librarians, and authors value and uses the same URL structure. In addition to a new look and feel, features have been repositioned to highlight options more clearly to users and enable them to make best use of the suite of tools available such as most read and most cited articles, citation alerts, download to reference manager software, and the ability to email the article to a friend. Full-text online access to the journals on Blackwell Synergy is available at thousands of institutions worldwide.”

Kudos to Blackwell Publishing for being a database service that has the initiative to make their offerings accessible.

Also, for web developers interested in making their material accessible, another resource is Dan Hounshell’s book review of
Cascading Style Sheets 2.0: Programmer's Reference
By Eric Meyer.

mr. Hounshell says:
“More than just a CSS book, this book covers the gamut of web standards from CSS to HTML markup to Section 508 and WAIS accessibility. The author is a web standards pragmatist, the book could have easily been part of the Pragmatic Programmer series, rather than a strict zealot. He offers standards options explaining the benefits and detriments of each one, letting you decide how much or how little you'd like to travel down the web standards path, and telling you it's okay to take baby steps - "some is better than none". This alone makes implementing a site built on standards approachable and realistic.”

The next time you run up against a developer who gives you excuses why he couldn’t make the contents of his work accessible, refer him to this handy guide.

Forgive the Section 508-heavy posts of late, but if the law wasn’t worthwhile, then it wouldn’t keep making news.

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