10 Ways To Make Your Site Accessible Using Web Standards

Smashing Magazine’s latest article 10 Ways To Make Your Site Accessible Using Web Standards

Without argument, one of the most important things to consider when creating a website is that it be accessible to everyone who wants to view it. Does your website play nice with screen readers? Can a user override your style sheet with a more accessible one and still see everything your website has to offer? Would another Web developer be embarrassed if they saw your code? If your website is standards-compliant, you could more confidently answer these questions.

The article lists 10 ways to improve the accessibility of your XHTML website by making it standards-compliant. They include:

  1. Specify the correct DOCTYPE
  2. Define The Namespace And Default Language
  3. Supply Proper Meta Tags
  4. Use Accessible Navigation
  5. Properly Escape JavaScript
  6. Properly Escape HTML Entities
  7. Use Only Lowercase Tags And Attributes
  8. Label All Form Input Elements
  9. Supply Alternative Content For Images
  10. Use The "id" And "class" CSS Attributes Correctly

You can read the entire article 10 Ways To Make Your Site Accessible Using Web Standards

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