What is accessibility?
The web is of course a wonderful medium, but there are certain groups of users that desire special attention:
- The blind
- Blind users can use assistive technologies such as screen readers. Screen readers will read a page to a user and rely heavily on well-structured markup. I've tried to use the most semantic markup I could come up with, in order to provide blind users with a well-structured, logical document.
- The visually impaired
- Being visually impaired does not always mean one can't see at all. It might be someone's colour blind, or might need a higher contrast layout. For this group I have provided an additional, high-contrast stylesheet, which can be selected from the preferences column on the right.
- People with mobility issues
- There are people using the web that never touch a mouse, but rely on a keyboard for their every action. Just as screen readers, these people need a well-structured document for quick navigation using, for instance, the Tab-key. In addition, almost every link on my website can be accessed using an accesskey (use ALT-accesskey (Windows) or Control-accesskey (Mac) to activate the corresponding link). The following keys are in use:
- The homepage
- The accessibility-page (where you are now)
- The searchbox
- Submit comment to an article
My website does exactly that. It uses a bit of scripting to spice up the site's behaviour, or enhance the usability, but it will never rely on these techniques.
Web professionals hate the line
Optimized for Internet Explorer on 1024 * 768. So do I. I've tested this website in the following browsers on different screen resolutions:
- Mozilla (although there is one tiny bug that I'm going to fix as soon as I find the time)
- Internet Explorer 5.0 (for Windows)
- Internet Explorer 5.5 (for Windows)
- Internet Explorer 6.0 (for Windows)
- Internet Explorer 7.0 (for Windows)
- Netscape Navigator
Note: there are of course more browsers in use, but I haven't gotten my hands on them yet. When I do, I'll make sure to test in them too.