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Methods and Technology
Today the Center is using HTML and standard search and presentation methods to present the resources we are collecting. The resources are being collected and stored in such a way that they will be usable with future presentation and retrieval methods. The Center is currently concentrating on gathering resources related to disabilities. This is being done on a worldwide basis. The Center expects to have the largest collection of disability resources anywhere in the world.
You may register your site through our Registration page. Enter your information and the Center's staff will put your organization in our database If your organization does not have a presence on the Internet the Center can create a page for you. Please go to the Create page and enter the information about your organization. the Center's staff will put your organization in our database and create a web page for you on our site.
The Center has begun to implement the use of style sheets, HTML 5 and a Content Managemet System(CMS) for easier maintenance to improve the accessibility of the site. Watch for more improvements in the future.
Many of the methods that the Center will use are not confined to people with disabilities, but are usable by many people in different circumstances. For example, surfing the web via sound is something many people may have a need to do. If you are driving a car and need information or you eyes are otherwise occupied you will find you have a need to listen to a web page, not view it. If you are using a device with a small screen auditory surfing may be the best choice for you. The methods developed and used here have many uses some of which have not even been imagined. Follow some of the links below to learn more about the basic technology that will be used by the Center.
Web Technology Resources
Best WordPress Hosting is an excellent guide to create a simple, manageable and accessible blog on WordPress - a platform with thousands of plugins available to improve accessibility for those with disabilities.
WebAIM - is an excellent resource for learning about and implementing Web accessibility and good design. It is found at http://webaim.org/
ARIA - ARIA stands for Accessible Rich Internet Applications and helps to provide accessibility for the ever evolving World Wide Web. The main page about ARIA on the W3C site is located at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/aria.php The WebAIM site also provides an excellent article about ARIA at: http://webaim.org/techniques/aria/
HTML 5 - Below are some resources for those who would like to learn about HTML 5 and Accessibility.
- Accessibility in HTML5 By Clarissa Peterson
- Designing Accessibility in HTML 5 By Rajesh Lal
- W3C HTML 5 Specification
WAVE - The WAVE is an excellent tool for helping to analyze Web pages for accessibility. It can be launched from the web at http://wave.webaim.org/. There is also a toolbar for Firefox which can be installed. This is available at: http://wave.webaim.org/toolbar/
W3C Schools - To learn the basics of developing Web pages as things stand today, the W3C Schools are an excellent resource.
W3C WAI - is W3C Web Accessibility Initiative the main pageis found at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/ and an excellent page of resources to implement web accessibility is found at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/guid-tech.html
Wordpress -The Home site for Wordpress is located at: http://wordpress.org/. Wordpress is an open source content managment system(CMS) and can help manage a web site.
Drupal - The Home site for Drupal is located at: http://drupal.org/. Drupal is an open source content managment system(CMS) and can help manage a web site.
NVDA - NVDA is an open source screen reader for the blind. it is located at: http://www.nvda-project.org/ . It is well done and it is available to all. It is a good way to test a web page for accessiblity, especially for making those who cannot see will be able to access web pages.