WWW FAQs: How do I make my pages more accessible?

2003-07-13: well-written HTML pages can be displayed with great success by the Lynx text-only web browser, which is the most common starting point for browsers for the blind and the vision impaired, provided that you follow these rules:
  • If some of your content is only available in Flash animations, be sure to offer a text-only alternative.
  • If some of your content is only available in PDF files, consider offering a text-only alternative. If you cannot do so, provide a link to access.adobe.com, Adobe's accessible version of Acrobat Reader.
  • If some of your text appears only in the form of images, make sure your <IMG> elements have ALT attributes containing text that conveys the same information:

    <IMG SRC="browseourstore.png" ALT="Browse Our Store">

    These ALT attributes are displayed by text-only browsers and are a must for accessibility.

Keep in mind that following these rules will also increase your site's compatibility with handheld devices, search engine indices such as Google, and other devices that display text primarily or exclusively.

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