Accessibility for Everybody: Understanding the Section 508 Accessibility Requirements / Edition 1

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Overview

In today's rapidly changing technological world, it is increasingly important that web and desktop applications be accessible to everyone, including those of us with special needs. However, the legal requirements for accessibility are often convoluted and diffucult to understand, making it impossible for most developers to comply with the laws. In the first book on the market to address the topic, Author John Paul Mueller leads you through the maze of Section 508—the congressional law ensuring that all Americans have access to information technology—and offers comprehensive guidance on how to quickly and easily update your applications to conform to Section 508 requirements.

To begin, Mueller outlines the Section 508 requirements that are relevant to web and desktop application developers, and explains the laws in language you can understand. Using extensive and varied program examples, Mueller continues on to teach you to write web and desktop applications that not only conform to Section 508 standards, but look forward to ensure long-term universal accessibility for all types of computer users. Specific topics include writing accessible web applications and desktop applications using Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET, developing special application capabilities, using Microsoft and other third-party tools to develop accessible features, developing accessible scripting solutions, and more. The book even includes a directory of helpful organizations, agencies, and resources to help you with any further accessibility concerns you may have.

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Meet the Author

John Paul Mueller is a hands-on programmer and author who has written 56 books and over 200 articles on topics ranging from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads-down programming. His books include Web Matrix Developer's Guide from Apress, several C# developer guides, a small business and home office networking guide, a book on SOAP, and Windows XP user guides. John has provided technical-editing services to more than 30 authors, as well as both Database Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. He has additionally contributed articles to SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, and Visual Basic Developer. He edits the .NET electronic newsletter for Pinnacle Publishing. Sign up for John's free newsletter, .NET Developer eXTRA, at http://www.freeenewsletters.com/. For updates and other book information, visit John's website at http://www.mwt.net/~jmueller/.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
About the Author
About the Technical Reviewers
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 An Overview of Section 508 Accessibility 1
Ch. 1 What Is Section 508 Accessibility? 3
Ch. 2 Understanding the Section 508 Requirements 41
Ch. 3 Hardware, Resources, and Training 75
Pt. 2 Writing Accessible Desktop Applications 145
Ch. 4 Developer Guidelines That Make Sense 107
Ch. 5 Desktop Application Essentials 147
Ch. 6 Using Microsoft Active Accessibility 183
Ch. 7 Adding Usage Cues to Desktop Applications 237
Ch. 8 Developing Special Desktop Application Capabilities 273
Pt. 3 Writing Accessible Web Applications 307
Ch. 9 Web Site Essentials 309
Ch. 10 Designing Easily Maintained Web Sites 349
Ch. 11 Adding Usage Cues to Web Applications 381
Ch. 12 Developing Special Web Application Capabilities 407
Ch. 13 Accessible Scripting Solutions 443
Pt. 4 Glossary and Appendixes 461
Glossary 463
App. A 52 Tips for Creating Accessible Applications 491
App. B Six Best Web Sites for Accessibility Ideas 499
App. C Helpful Organizations and Agencies 507
Index 513
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