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Design Accessible Web Sites
by Jeremy J. Sydik

Pragmatic Bookshelf, November 2007

review by
Jerry Singleton, June 2008

Definitely mandatory reading for professionals who are creating or managing websites. I say "professionals," because this book has a lot of meat, and though it would be useful for anyone creating a website, it's a lot to consider for those who simply want to play around. This is heavy reading. (My brain still hurts!)

But it is very useful reading. Accessibility means many different things, and though you should do the right thing because it's the right thing to do, an incentive would be the laws you might be flaunting by not following these guidelines. Yes, laws are covered. And also specific considerations for accessibility not only from various devices, but also by various people with particular challenges.

The key is to make your website accessible no matter what the law says, no matter what browser is being used (text, graphics, other), no matter what additional software is being used (i.e. text to voice), no matter what platform is bing used (i.e. PDA, cell phone, laptop), etc. This book will give you the guidelines and the tools to get the job done.

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