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Accessibility in a Digital Environment: Links

Last month, we covered how to create accessible Microsoft Office files and how to create accessible documents more generally. Today I’d like to share a few helpful accessibility resources I recently came across: the first two are aimed at creators of content for the Web, the third is for people with disabilities who would like to learn more about using their computer.

Dennis E. Lembree, with “25 Ways To Make Your Website Accessible,” provides a generous list of specific suggestions that should prove helpful for beginners and experts alike. (Lembree is perhaps best known for WebAxe, his “podcast and blog on practical web design accessibility tips.”)

In “Keyboard Accessibility,” Jonathan Snook offers a thoughtful consideration of the challenges and rewards of designing keyboard shortcuts–which are quite useful to users who are blind or visually impaired–in a Web application like Yahoo Mail. (Remember Cory’s post about his “Access Keys” plugin for WordPress?)

And taking a different approach, My Web My Way – Making the Web Easier to Use, from the BBC, “provides accessibility help, enabling users to make the most of the internet whatever their ability or disability.” It’s a user-friendly guide aimed at consumers of information–rather than producers–and it doesn’t assume that you already own specialized assistive hardware or software. (Via the Twitter account of the Royal National Institute of Blind People.)

How about you? Do you have any accessibility links to share? Please let us know in the comments!

[Image created using a Creative Commons-licensed flickr photo by Patrick Hoesly]

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