Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers

Free book Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers

You’ll find the complete text and illustrations from the printed book here under “Access by Design” online. The online version also offers links to texts and tutorials that support and expand on the concepts covered in the book. Visit About the site to learn about the purpose and process of posting the book online.


The Web is dynamic and its purpose evolves as the technology grows and changes. Defining purpose depends on whether we are talking about functionality—what makes the Web work; interface—how users interact with the Web; or content—what users do with the Web. Defining best practices depends greatly on how we define our users—are we talking about “typical” users, cell phone users, blind users, adult users, Google?

Given the complexity of the tool, its dynamic nature, and the diversity of its users, what do we use as a basis for making design decisions when designing Web sites? This book will attempt to answer that question, and will provide guidelines for making design decisions that work for the greatest number of users.

Table of Contents

  • Fundamentals
  • Document Structure
  • Text
  • Images
  • Data Tables
  • Layout Tables
  • Frames
  • Lists
  • Forms
  • Links
  • Color
  • Audio and Video
  • Interactivity
  • Editorial Style
  • Page Layout

Book Details

Author(s): Sarah Horton
Format(s): HTML
Number of pages: 288
Link: Read online.

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