People Using Assistive Technologies
The primary goal of the guidelines in this section is to promote accessibility for people using
assistive technology. However, following them will make Web content more available to all
users, no matter what platform they are using or the conditions in their current environment.
Following these guidelines also helps to ensure that overall usability increases, and that people
find the information they are seeking rapidly.
The W3 Consortium provides guidelines that explain how to make Web content accessible to
people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers (page
authors and site designers) and for developers of authoring tools. These guidelines do not
discourage content developers from using images, and video, but rather explain how to make
multimedia content more accessible to a wide audience. W3C also maintains an entire second
site, the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) to examine this question.
The HTML Writers Guild's Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education (AWARE)
Center intends to act as a central resource for publishers that wish to learn about web
accessibility. This page features a comprehensive list of important resources.
WebABLE is a leading provider of Web accessibility technology, consulting, and training. The
WebABLE! library is a collection of books, press releases, white papers, articles, plans,
standards, reference guidelines, and journals that focus on accessibility, assistive and adaptive
technology for people with disabilities. They also invite readers to contribute to this library.
Access Adobe is a resource designed to help people with visual disabilities work more
effectively with Adobe Acrobat software and PDF files. It provides tools to help visually
disabled users whose screen reader software is not compatible with the Adobe Acrobat Reader
5.0. These online tools convert Adobe PDF documents into HTML or ASCII text, which can
then be read by a number of common screen reading programs that synthesize text as audible
speech (these tools may also be of use to general developers who want to convert documents into
open formats for other reasons). The site also includes white papers and FAQs in HTML format
and links to other useful resources on the Web.
In 1988, Microsoft became involved in accessibility issues and since then, has worked hard to
improve the accessibility of products as well as create new and better technologies that others
can use. This page of guidelines lists news & events, training programs, products and aids,
IBM's Accessibility Center provides guidelines, checklists and techniques for a variety of web-
development related issues.