Appropriate Technologies

The use of technologies and standards that will enable users to access and utilize all aspects of the resource.

Quality warning!

Internet standards and technologies are continually under development and can often affect the level of access that users with different hardware and software can take advantage of. Criteria in this section may therefore need to change and develop in line with the technologies and the connectivity of the users.

Worst case scenarios:

The Web offers the ability to transcend many traditional barriers to information and interaction that have been faced by the disabled community. However without the proper thought or adherence to accessibility guidelines many Web sites are completely unusable by this community of users. For example, a Web site relying solely on an image map for navigation purposes excludes sight impaired users from accessing the site.

Detecting Appropriate Technologies

Questions to ask:
  • does the resource require proprietary software to be used?
  • does the resource use proprietary extensions to HTML which some browsers will not be able to recognize?
  • does the format restrict the availability of the resource for certain users (eg sight impaired)?
  • can the information be accessed if the user has keyboard-only navigation capabilities?
Clues to look for:
  • validated HTML
  • standard multimedia formats
  • metadata
  • <ALT> tags for images (providing alternative text when images are switched off)
  • text captioning for audio material
  • links and downloading instructions to any software that is required to use the resource
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