Text-Only Alternatives: Are They Right for Your Site?

Text-Only Alternatives: Are They Right for Your Site?

Jody Condit Fagan (Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-107-0.ch004
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Providing a text-only version of a Web site is one way that Web developers can meet the accessibility guidelines suggested by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Text equivalents need to communicate the same information as non-text content. This flexible format allows content to be accessible to assistive technology, to new devices such as handheld computers, and to text-only Web browsers. Examples of all three are described in this chapter. One way the text-only challenge can be met is to use proper HTML coding to provide text equivalents to non-text items. This chapter reviews the applicable W3C guidelines and technical support documents and provides examples of their implementation. Another way to meet the challenge is to create a text-only version that reproduces the same content. The most efficient and accurate way is to use a parsing program that converts HTML pages into text-only equivalents on-the-fly. Two case studies are described in the chapter outlining examples of this process. By offering a text-only version, developers can ensure that their Web content is accessible to the widest range of users.

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Table of Contents
Mary Hricko
Chapter 1
Holly Yu
Through a series of federal and state laws and standards, the legal foundation concerning Web accessibility that impact people with disabilities and... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility and the Law: Issues in Implementation
Chapter 2
Mary Hricko
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act mandates that federal agencies must ensure the provision of accessible electronic and information technology.... Sample PDF
Understanding Section 508 and Its Implications for Distance Education
Chapter 3
Barbara A. Frey, Ashli Molinero, Ellen R. Cohn
This chapter addresses the current status of Web accessibility and usability in higher education. As post secondary institutions strive to expand... Sample PDF
Strategies to Increase Web Accessibility and Usability in Higher Education
Chapter 4
Jody Condit Fagan
Providing a text-only version of a Web site is one way that Web developers can meet the accessibility guidelines suggested by the World Wide Web... Sample PDF
Text-Only Alternatives: Are They Right for Your Site?
Chapter 5
Sheryl Burghstahler
Web-based distance learning programs promise learning options anywhere, anytime, to anyone. However, some individuals with disabilities are locked... Sample PDF
Web-Based Distance Learning and the Second Digital Divide
Chapter 6
Robert Luke, Laurie Harrison
Providing educational opportunities within online environments, while beneficial, also has the potential to exclude a significant portion of the... Sample PDF
Inclusion in an Electronic Classroom: Courseware Design and Implementation
Chapter 7
Maggie Lynch, Patti DeWitz
Currently, 24% of the population has experienced significant vision loss. Though there has been some progress on developing accessible Web pages... Sample PDF
Web-Based Teaching and Learning for Blind and Visually Impaired Faculty
Chapter 8
Axel Schmetzke
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that library programs and services must be accessible to people with disabilities. In an era in... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility at University Libraries and Library Schools: 2002 Follow-Up Study
Chapter 9
Amy Metcalfe
The number of students with disabilities who attend college is rising, which may be one of the many positive outcomes of the Americans with... Sample PDF
Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Web Accessibility in Higher Education: A Case Study
Appendix A: Resources for Further Information
Appendix B: Selected Bibliography for Further Reading
Appendix C: Pull and Push: A Select Webibliography of Products Serving Section 508
Alice Bedard-Voorhees
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