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Online Accessibility

April 8, 2011

The Stanford Online Accessibility Program (SOAP) is a resource that provides guidance for the creators of online material. It’s main goal is to make sure that online material is equally accessible for users with “cognitive difficulty or impairment”. This umbrella term includes people with vision and hearing impairments and those with impaired dexterity, even if the impairment just a broken wrist that makes it difficult to type. This website provides information and tips for web designers and online instructors to help make sure that their materials are easily accessible to all users.

Accessibility and usability are some of th most important parts of web design, and according to SOAP the minority of users who have these cognitive difficulties are often overlooked when designing online materials.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2011 10:36 am

    As information professionals we couldn’t stress this enough, it boils down to accessibility for all. We must remember when creating and using these technologies that anyone must be able to access the information, not just a chosen few. Thank you for providing this resource!

  2. tierneyh permalink
    April 8, 2011 12:07 pm

    I like this resource because it provides easy tips that web developers can use to make their pages more accessible.

  3. April 8, 2011 12:38 pm

    Oh this is great! I really like the article they have on adding captioning to videos. I hope they are able to give a tutorial for Windows users soon.

  4. April 8, 2011 3:38 pm

    Yes this is a great thing and I really like it. SJSU’s library has a similar training program on campus and in the library. I’m not sure if their program reaches to online patrons, though. Hopefully it will if it isnt already.

  5. Stephanie Hardy permalink
    April 8, 2011 8:16 pm

    Your point about accessability comes in a wide a variety of contexts is a good one. We do take accessibility for granted- a few years ago my cousin broke both his wrists (showing off his skateboarding skills to his son!) It was difficult for him to work using the computer for several weeks, and the rest of us in the office became very aware of how much we needed those hands!

  6. mvlee86 permalink
    April 8, 2011 8:26 pm

    I agree with everyone else – this is a website that everyone interested in web design should check out! I think that I’m going to keep this in mind in my future web design career (if one exists…)

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