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Accessibility Articles

  1. Accessible Web design - a definition
    Author Chuck Letourneau, Starling Access Services © 1998

  2. Applying the ADA to the Internet:
    A Web Accessibility Standard written at the request of the American Bar Association for their June 1998 national summit on disability law and policy for the next millennium.
    Author - Cynthia D.Waddell

  3. Electronic Curbcuts
    How to Build an Accessible Web Site. Spring 1997-written at the request of CA Association of Post secondary Education on Disability and presented twice at Sixth International World Wide Web Conference and at the International Leadership Forum for Women with Disabilities, a follow-up to the United Nations conference in Beijing, China.
    Author - Cynthia D.Waddell and Leslie M. Campbell

  4. Electronic Curbcuts
    The ADA in Cyberspace
    Author - Cynthia D.Waddell

  5. Electronic Curbcuts
    Universal Access for Everyone
    Author - Cynthia D.Waddell

  6. "For students with disabilities, the Web can be like a classroom without a ramp."
    The Chronicle of Higher Education. 13 March 1998. A31.
    Author - Jeffrey R. Young

  7. The Growing Digital Divide in Access for People with Disabilities:  
    "Overcoming Barriers to Participation"
    This paper was commissioned by the National Science Foundation in connection with the first US conference on the impact of the digital economy convened by President Clinton: "Understanding the Digital Economy: Data, Tools and Research"
    Author - Cynthia D.Waddell

  8. Following is another link to Cynthia D.Waddell's paper on the digital economy.
    The Growing Digital Divide in Access for People with Disabilities: 
    "Overcoming Barriers to Participation"
    This paper is heavily annotated with resources and hyperlinks that should be helpful for understanding U.S. issues, law and policy impacting access to electronic and information technology.

  9. Discussion of Cynthia D. Waddell's Work
    Written by the Silicon Valley Business Journal:
    Author - Katherine Thornberry

Contact Information

Cynthia D. Waddell

Formerly ADA compliance officer for City of San Jose


Web Accessibility

  1. AccessAbility Online Resource
    This Web resource aims to raise awareness of the accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities who wish to use online services.
    Federal Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
  2. AWARE Center
    AWARE stands for Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education, and our mission is to serve as a central resource for web authors for learning about web accessibility.
  3. Designing More Usable Web Sites
    from the Trace Center for R&D.
  4. Designing Web Pages for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  5. EASI
    Equal Access to Software and Information.
    Students and professionals with disabilities must have the same access to information and resources as everyone else!
  6. Federal IT Accessibility Initiative
    Section 508 was established to prohibit barriers in information technology and present new opportunities and promises for people with disabilities. This law impacts upon electronic and information technology purchased by the federal government.
    Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative is a Federal government interagency effort to offer information and technical assistance to assist in the successful implementation of Section 508.
  7. HTML Writers Guild
    International Organization of Web Authors.
  8. How People with Disabilities Use the Web
    This document provides an introduction to use of the Web by people with disabilities.
  9. IBM Accessibility Center: Guidelines
  10. Inclusive Technologies
    Inclusive Technologies provides a full range of consulting services to companies, consumer organizations, researchers, and policy makers on how products can better meet the needs of all users, including users with disabilities and the elderly.
  11. Microsoft
    Accessibility and Disabilities.
  12. Starling Access Services - Accessible Web Design
  13. Top Ten Mistakes in Web Design
    From Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox.
  14. W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative
    W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), in partnership with organizations around the world, is pursuing accessibility of the Web.
  15. Web Access Resource List
    From the National Arts and Disability Center.
  16. Web Accessibility mailing list in German.
    Further information on subscription and the policy list in:  English or  German
  17. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
    W3C Proposed Recommendation 5-May-1999
  18. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
    W3C Working Draft 23 November 2005
  19. WebABLE!
    WebABLE!'s accessibility database lists hundreds of internet based resources on accessibility. The WebABLE! directory is a project of the Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation.
  20. WebAIM - Web Accessibility in Mind
    Web Accessibility "How-To" Site.
  21. Web Pages That Suck
    Biggest mistakes in web design 1995-2015


Is Your Site Accessible?

  1. Is Your Site Accessible?
    Check to find out how your web page measures up against common accessibility guidelines.
  2. A-Prompt Toolkit
    A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt) has been developed to assist Web authors in improving the accessibility and usability of HTML documents.
  3. ALTifier
    Web Accessiblity Enhancement Tool
    Adds alternative text to images(IMG) and other graphical HTML elements.
  4. Lynx Viewer
    This service allows web authors to see what their pages will look like (sort of) when viewed with Lynx, a text-mode web browser.
  5. WebSAT
    WebSAT  uses a subset of usability guidelines and checks the html of a web page to determine "how well" the guidelines have been followed.
    Many guidelines are subjective and it is not possible to automatically judge conformance.
  6. WebXACT
    WebXACT (previously known as Bobby) is a free online service that lets you test single pages of web content for quality, accessibility, and privacy issues.
    Note: Appears to have been shut down by IBM!

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