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Five Layers, Questions, Adobe Encourages, Great Basics

The 5 Layers Of Web Accessibility
Great slide deck on Slideshare. In addition to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Dirk Ginader adds “CSS for JavaScript” and ARIA.

Is Your Web Site Accessible?
Great questions a web designer and developer should continually ask oneself.

Adobe encourages the European commission to use WCAG 2.0
Boring, but important.

Accessibility Basics
A great beginning-level article from Opera. Topics include:

  • What is accessibility?
  • Designing with accessibility in mind
  • Interoperability requirements
  • Features of an accessible web page
  • Standards for accessibility
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Webinar, Partnership, and Easy Apps

Flash and PDF Webinar

You have two more chances to view the webinar The Paciello Group and Adobe Present WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Webinars for Flash and PDF. They will be March 31 and April 1, at 12 noon Eastern Time.


Recently, there was a partnership announced between WebAIM and The Paciello Group. The two are teaming up to provide web site owners with full accessibility testing and professional services (by The Paciello Group) and additionally receiving the WebAIM Accessible Site Certification.

Easy Apps

Below are two web applications which make Web 2.0 site mores accessible and usable. They are both from “DOM God” Chris Heilmann.

  • Easy SlideShare – Convert slide presentations from SlideShare to easy-to-read text.
  • Easy YouTube – super simple interface for viewing YouTube videos.


  • Fixed the Easy YouTube link above.
  • Also try QuietTube!
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Podcast #67: WCAG2, events, CS4, John Slatin

Download Web Axe Episode 67 (WCAG2, events, CS4, John Slatin)

News & Events

WCAG 2.0 nearing completion

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 was published as a W3C Proposed Recommendation on 3 November 2008. This means that the technical material of WCAG 2.0 is complete and it has been implemented in real sites. The next stage is the final publication, which is expected in December 2008.

Podcasts from Accessibility Conference last spring

CS4 Accessibility

John Slatin Fund Project

Matches accessibility experts with companies wanting a brief accessibility audit of their websites. In return for the audit, site owners will contribute a minimum of $500 to help fund the medical expenses incurred by John’s family during his long illness.”

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Acrobat 9 and Accessibility

As you may know, Acrobat 9 has recently been released. Fortunately for all, making PDFs accessible is even easier than ever.

There’s some good information on the Acrobat 9 accessibility FAQ page, and many accessibility features are explained. Here are the highlights:

  • Acrobat has an OCR text recognition feature that allows you to apply OCR to the scanned pages.
  • The form tools in Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended allow you to automatically recognize form fields in PDF files and Microsoft Word documents.
  • Several tools can create tagged PDF files automatically, including: Microsoft Office applications when Acrobat is installed; the most recent versions of Adobe FrameMaker®, InDesign®, LiveCycle Designer ES, and PageMaker®; the Web Capture feature in Acrobat.

Podcast on creating accessible PDFs

[update June 6] Refresh Detroit’s next meetup will feature a presentation on this topic. Acrobat: Features, accessibility, and version 9 – June 18, 2008

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Podcast #53: Interview with Andrew Kirkpatrick

Dennis and Ross speak to the renowned Andrew Kirkpatrick, a leader in accessibility and product development for Adobe.

Download Web Axe Episode 53 (Interview with Andrew Kirkpatrick)

Andrew Kirkpatrick is An Event Apart speaker, technical editor for A List Apart, and he’s co-authored a few books. Topics in the conversation include:

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