Building Accessible Websites

Building Accessible Websites

This book teaches developers of every sophistication and budget level how to improve the accessibility of their Websites so that people who are blind, deaf, or mobility-impaired can get the most out of them. Far from being a dry textbook of how-to information, Building Accessible Websites is written by a seasoned writer with a strong authorial voice over 20 years’ accessibility knowledge.


Some of the advice in the book is now outdated for developers in the 21st century. Most importantly, the use of tables for layout can almost never be justified anymore. When I wrote the book, it was just barely possible to defend tables for layout (if you used exactly one table) because browser support for CSS was so poor. That isn’t the case anymore and you shouldn’t follow the book when it advises the use of layout tables.

As this site is a repository for the text of a book published at a certain historical moment, this is not the place to correct or update the book based on knowledge or facts that did not exist at the time I wrote it. You may view the advice to use tables for layout, and a few other things, as artifacts of a sort.

Table of Contents

  • Why bother?
  • How do disabled people use computers?
  • What is media access?
  • The structure of accessible pages
  • The image problem
  • Text and links
  • Navigation
  • Type and colour
  • Tables and frames
  • Stylesheets
  • Forms and interaction
  • Multimedia
  • Certification and testing
  • Future dreams

Book Details

Author(s): Joe Clark
Publisher: New Riders Press
Format(s): HTML
Number of pages: 432
Link: Read online.

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