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Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
By John M. Slatin,, Sharron Rush
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Chapter 10.  Forms of Participation: Designing HTML Forms for Maximum Accessibility


In this chapter, we've worked through the process of redesigning the AIR judging form to provide better support for contest judges who have disabilities. We began by thinking through the features and the organization of the existing form and the challenges they posed not just for people with disabilities but for everyone. We then restructured the form, using the <fieldset> element to define top-level logical structures. Then we looked at different ways to handle the scoring, deciding on pull-down menus using <select> and <option> elements in favor of radio buttons. Finally, we added navigation links to allow judges to jump quickly to any item on the form.

The result is a form that works well with screen readers and talking browsers, but it isn't much to look at. We'll address these visual issues in Chapter 15 on Cascading Style Sheets. But we have a number of other issues to take care of first. In the next chapter, we'll take up the challenge of designing accessible tables, using bus schedules like the ones we discussed in Chapter 5 as our examples.


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    Maximum Accessibility(c) Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
    Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
    ISBN: 0201774224
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2002
    Pages: 128

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