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For those unfamiliar with accessibility issues pertaining to Web page design, consider that many users may be operating in contexts very different from your own:
- They may not be able to see, hear, move, or may not be able to process some types of information easily or at all.
- They may have difficulty reading or comprehending text.
- They may not have or be able to use a keyboard or mouse.
- They may have a text-only screen, a small screen, or a slow Internet connection.
- They may not speak or understand fluently the language in which the document is written.
- They may be in a situation where their eyes, ears, or hands are busy or interfered with (e.g., driving to work, working in a loud environment, etc.).
- They may have an early version of a browser, a different browser entirely, a voice browser, or a different operating system.
It is worth walking down through each one occasionaly and see where you can do better with your own pages. I know, it is difficult in this flashed out tricked up web world of 2001, but there are little things you can do. The three biggies:
- proper usage of alt tags.
- making sure your html validates.
- not basing basic navigation on visual elements (js, shock, java).