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Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Andrew Kirkpatrick, Patrick H. Lauke, Jim Thatcher, Shawn Lawton Henry, Cynthia D. Waddell, Bruce Lawson, Michael R. Burks, Christian Heilmann, Mark Urban, Richard Rutter, Bob Regan

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4 OVERVIEW OF ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGIES

by Andrew Kirkpatrick

Web technologies aren't accessible by chance. When a new technology is developed, inattention to accessibility translates most often to inaccessible technology. The fact that the Web and the technologies used to interact with it are ever-changing means that it demands constant monitoring in order to ensure that the needs of users with disabilities are not ignored. More often than not, even with constant monitoring, access to new technologies lags well behind their large-scale adoption—a fact that is not lost on users with disabilities.

The excitement felt and expressed by many developers about a new strategy or technology is infectious. Articles and blog entries are churned out by the ...

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