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World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.

The Web Standards Project

Devoted to adhering to W3C standards in Web page design.

Oklahoma Information Technology Accessibility Standards

The contents of this document include the Information Technology Accessibility standards to comply with the law passed by the Oklahoma Legislature and signed by the Governor of Oklahoma in 2004. The standards apply to all state agencies, as defined. As such, they apply equally to all state employees, contractors or any entity that deals with the State of Oklahoma. The Office of State Finance will communicate the standards to all state agencies. In turn, all agencies are required to review the Policy and make all staff members aware of their responsibility.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual’s ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers (page authors and site designers) and for developers of authoring tools. The primary goal of these guidelines is to promote accessibility. However, following them will also make Web content more available to all users…

Resources

Designing With Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman

“Designing With Web Standards is for every web professional who wants to reach more users on more browsers, platforms, and devices – including wireless and hand-held devices – with less work, less maintenance, and at lower cost. It’s for designers, developers, site owners and managers who seek to end the costly spiral of obsolescence, where each new browser or Internet device means a whole new coding cycle and another line item on the budget. Few organizations today can afford the merry-go-round of coding and re-coding that has characterized web development until now.”

A web standards checklist by Max Design Australia

The term web standards can mean different things to different people. For some, it is ‘table–free sites’, for others it is ‘using valid code’. However, web standards are much broader than that. A site built to web standards should adhere to standards (HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, XSL and XSLT, DOM, MathML, SVG etc…) and pursue best practices (valid code, accessible code, semantically correct code, user–friendly URLs etc…).

Developing With Web Standards by Roger Johansson

This document explains how and why using web standards will let you build websites in a way that saves time and money for the developer and provides a better experience for the visitor. Also discussed are other methods, guidelines and best practices that will help produce high-quality websites that are accessible to as many as possible.

Web Standards Solutions by Dan Cederholm

“I wrote a book. It’s filled with standards–compliant solutions intended to give web designers and developers ammunition – to make the best choices with markup and style.”

Tools

Section 508 Compliance

HiSoftware® Cynthia Says™ Portal

“The HiSoftware Cynthia Says is a web content accessibility validation solution, it is designed to identify errors in your content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines.”

Markup Validator (HTML/XHTML)

“This is the W3C Markup Validation Service, a free service that checks Web documents in formats like HTML and XHTML for conformance to W3C Recommendations and other standards.”

CSS Validator

“…a free service that checks Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in (X)HTML documents or standalone for conformance to W3C recommendations.”

Link Checker

http://validator.w3.org/checklink/

Text–based Browsers

Lynx – Text–based Browser