Style Switchers for Accessibility

I’ve been working on a Disability information website, aptly called Disability Information Zone: http://www.disabilityinformationzone.co.uk/.

Based in Coventry UK, I’m in the process of amassing a database (well, not exactly a database, but a page of published data) detailing an assortment of disability information for Disabled People in Coventry & Warwickshire. This can be found at: http://www.disabilityinformationzone.co.uk/directory.html and makes use of the excellent JQuery data-sorting tool footables.js.

A style-switcher script is essential when thinking of accessibility – especially for visually impaired people. Whilst looking for a good style-switcher script, I came across the following:

I chose just the three different styles for the DIZ website, and this is the minimum required really. A ‘regular’ style of black-lettering on white background; a ‘contrast’ style of black-lettering on a yellow background and an ‘inverse’ style which is white lettering on a black background.

If you’d like to read more about making documents more accessible to visually impaired people then take a look at: “A Guide to Making Documents Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired” by Jennifer Sutton.

And here is a good website about technology and Accessibility: http://www.knowbility.org/

And also: Tips & Tricks to Improve Web Accessibility

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