Pro HTML5 Accessibility

Pro HTML5 Accessibility

by Joshue O Connor

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Pro HTML5 Accessibility by Joshue O Connor

Pro HTML5 Accessibility helps designers come to grips with building exciting, accessible and usable web sites and applications with HTML5. The book covers how to use HTML5 in order to serve the needs of people with disabilities and older persons using assistive technology (AT). It aims to be a useful ‘go-to’ guide, providing practical advice. It takes several approaches, including a look at the new semantics of HTML5 and how to combine its use with authoring practices you know from using earlier versions of HTML. It also demonstrates how HTML5 content is currently supported (or not) by assistive technologies such as screen readers, and what this means practically for accessibility in your web projects.

The HTML5 specification is huge, with new APIs and patterns that can be difficult to understand. Accessibility can also seem complex and nuanced if you have no experience interacting with people with disabilities. This book walks you though the process of designing exciting user interfaces that can potentially be used by everyone, regardless of ability. Accessibility is really a quality design issue, and getting it right is often more a matter of approach than having sophisticated, cutting-edge tools at your disposal.

This book will be your companion in your journey to understand both HTML5 and accessibility, as the author has many years of experience as a designer and web developer working directly with people with all types of disabilities. He has been involved with the development of HTML5 from an accessibility perspective for many years, as a member of the W3C WAI Protocols and Formats working group (which is responsible for ensuring W3C specifications are serving the needs of people with disabilities) as well as the HTML5 Working Group itself.

  • Introduces the new HTML5 specification from an accessibility perspective
  • Shows how incorporating accessibility into your interfaces using HTML5 can have benefits for all users
  • Explains how HTML5 is currently supported by assistive technologies like screen readers, and how to work around these limitations when developing

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781430241942
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 03/22/2012
Edition description: 1st ed.
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 7.52(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joshue O Connor is senior accessibility consultant with NCBI's Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT) and is a leading expert on accessibility and digital inclusion. He is skilled in the design and development of accessible websites/applications due to many years of experience working with people with disabilities. He is a member of several W3C working groups and has written research papers on topics relating to accessibility and web development as well as a book on the open source CMS Joomla!, called Joomla Accessibility. He has a master of science degree in computing (assistive technology and universal design). When not playing some jazzy guitar, cooking vegetarian Indian food or twiddling in his recording studio, he drums and sings with The Cookie Monsters (

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to HTML5 Acessibility
  2. Understanding Disability and Assistive Technology
  3. JavaScript Isn't a Dirty Word, and ARIA Isn't Just Beautiful Music
  4. API and DOM
  5. HTML5, the New Semantics and New Approaches to Document Markup
  6. Images, Rich Media, Audio and Video in HTML 5
  7. HTML5 and Accessible Data Tables
  8. HTML5 and Accessible Forms
  9. HTML5, Usability and User-Centered Design
  10. Tools, Tips, and Tricks: Assessing Your Acessible HTML5 Project
  11. WCAG 2.0 Client-Side Scripting Techniques
  12. Definition of WAI-ARIA Roles

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Pro HTML5 Accessibility 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HerbiePopnecker More than 1 year ago
I did not find it more useful than materials freely available online. The formatting for the nook tablet was also really bad, but my rating would be the same if the formatting was better.