|The use of technologies and standards that will enable
users to access and utilize all aspects of the resource.
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.
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.
does the resource require proprietary software to
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)?
to look for:
can the information be accessed if the user has keyboard-only navigation
standard multimedia formats
<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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