What EVERY web designer should have on his desk
If information is explained through color provide a text alternative
Consider how your page looks to the colorblind.
There is a wealth of information about style sheets available on the Internet.
Dave Raggett (of W3C.org)
CSS Pointers Group (they also have a newsgroups)
There isn't a web site in the world that wouldn't benefit from this!. Indicate when there is a language change in the copy.
<P>And with a certain <SPAN lang="fr">je ne sais quoi</SPAN>, she entered both the room, and his life, forever. <Q>My name is Natasha,</Q> she said. <Q lang="it">Piacere,</Q> he replied in impeccable Italian, locking the door.
If tables contain information that is not layout information (e.g. this page is one table) make sure the columns and rows contain appropriate descriptors.
Although you should use style sheets, make sure your page renders properly without them
If you use Flash, Shockwave or another technology that requires a plug-in, offer alternative information
Put in <NOSCRIPT> tags
Don't use frames
Moving, blinking, scrolling objects should be able to be stopped by the user. Sound should have an off button (in general, sound shouldn't be used on web sites.) Avoid auto-refreshes and redirects (spiders don't like redirects)
Name image maps and program them to work on enter commands
Program mouse over buttons to also be key up buttons
Create a logical tabbed order. At the top of every page I have a space.gif with an <ALT>"Skip navigation" that anchors to my content. Users using readers can click on that to avoid hearing the navigation every time they enter a page.
Make every effort to make your site usable as quickly as possible, as simply as possible. Rename all space images is a start, then rethink things as opportunities appear. The important thing is to NOT DO NOTHING.
Use W3C technologies and guidelines.
Provide context and orientation information.
Provide clear navigation mechanisms.
Ensure that documents are clear and simple.
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