Accessibility

A Note from Sanjay Cherubala (Web Developer)

Accessibility, in the context of a web site, refers to the practice of making the contents of a web site usable by people of all abilities and disabilities. This includes people with visual, hearing or mobility impairments. A well-designed accessible site includes the following at a minimum:

  • Simple consistent page layout
  • Sufficient contrast between background and foreground
  • Adherence to the latest HTML/XHTML standards
  • Inclusion of text descriptions for images and labels for form fields
  • Using a design that allows for resizable fonts
  • A "skip navigation" link at the top of the page
  • Separation of content and presentation using CSS (cascading style sheets)

Additional information about this concept can be found in the article on Web Accessibility on Wikipedia.

This website has been designed with accessibility in mind. The original version of this site was visually compelling but was not built to be compliant with the WAI and WCAG guidelines. This version of the website is not as "snazzy" as its predecessor, but I have tried to retain some of the elements of design as laid out by the original designer Luke Hughett, such as framing and color palette. Most important, however, is that there is clear separation of content and presentation and I have done my best to keep the content itself semantically "correct".

I see this as my first attempt at building an accessible site and even though the final product is not very complex, I have learned a lot about accessibility considerations. This alone has made the process worthwhile.

I took inspiration and ideas from the book "Web Accessibility" compiled from articles by a whole bunch of people and I am grateful to the publishers, Friendsofed, for bringing out this excellent compilation. I also sought and received the help of friends in the web business, especially Michael Paige who has been exceptionally knowledgable and patient!

If you have any comments or questions about this site's accessibility, or requests for further accommodations, please feel free to drop me a line using the feedback link at the bottom of this page.

Thanks,

Sanjay Cherubala (Web Developer)

PS: Thanks to Luke Hughett for his assistance with the original version of this site. The current design is a little different from his original work, but the color scheme is the same.