Building more accessible content does not mean you have to delete complex and/or rich media sites. Or by offering a text-only based site alternative.
The W3C supports and encourages a accessibility program (www.w3.org/WAI/. This site provides guidelines and standards to build ore accessible web content. Some tips you will find at this site:
- Images and animation – use the alt attribute to describe the function of each visual
- Multimedia – Provide captioning and transcripts of audio ad descriptions of video
- Hypertext links – Use text that makes sense when read out of context.
- Page organization – Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS layout and style where possible.
- Scripts, applets, and plug-ins – provide alternative content in case active features are inaccessible
- Tables – make line-by-line reading sensible and summarize
- Validity – check design ad validate code using validators from W3C.
- For physically challenged visitors validate site by using Bobby (www.cast.org/bobby) -recently sold to IBM or similar web-based tools offered by W3C for checking accessibility guidelines.