- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (March 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430241942
- ISBN-13: 978-1430241942
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 (www.techrecord.net).
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It is insufferably wordy, there are errors in the few code examples, and - even worse - the descriptions of useful concepts (e.g., the platform accessibility APIs) are not handled well. (Try the "Look Inside" feature to read Chapter 4 API and DOM for confusing concepts, and Chapter 5 for abstruse verbose rambling.)
That said, I did find a kernel of good material here. I was assigned to get a web application to play nicely with the JAWS screen reader, and this book had a few pointers on how to get started.
Just be wary of the other reviews for this book - it is nowhere near as magical as they would lead you to believe. (I unfortunately took them at face value.)
And this is why I think this book is so useful and important. HTML5 is currently the hot new thing in the world of web, and -- while many of the accessibility best practices we gleaned when using HTML4 can be carried confidently over to HTML5, there are a host of new features in HTML5 that present new accessibility challenges.
This book tells you everything you need to know about HTML5 in the context of making HTML5 features accessible, both in terms of conforming to the WCAG, and on the flip side, maintaining good usability and design sense. Chapter 1 gives a useful summary of where the book is going; Chapter 2 provides a very nicely written summary of the common disability groups you need to cater for as a web developer, and the tools they use to aid their usage of the Web.
Chapters 5-8 then provide a thorough reference to all the new HTML5 features, and how they can be made accessible, starting with HTML5 semantics (including more WAI-ARIA information), and moving on to <canvas>, multimedia, tables and forms. It is really great to see some of the really cool HTML accessibility goodies, like the <track> elements for attaching text tracks to video/audio, given some good coverage.
The last two chapters then round the book off nicely with useful tips on user-centred design, user testing, and the best tools with which to test the accessibility of your web projects.