Designing beneath the surface of the web

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Designing beneath the surface of the web
At its most basic, the web allows for two modes of access: visual and non-visual. For the most part, our design attention is focused on making decisions that affect the visual, or surface, layer — colors and type, screen dimensions, fixed or flexible layouts. However, much of the power of the technology lies beneath the surface, in the underlying code of the page. There, in the unseen depths of the page code, we make decisions that influence how well, or poorly, our pages are read and interpreted by software. In this paper, we shift our attention beneath the surface of the web and focus on design decisions that affect nonvisual access to web pages. Categories and Subject Descriptors H.5.4 [Information Interfaces and Presentation (e.g., HCI)]: Hypertext/Hypermedia—Navigation, User issues. General Terms Design, Human Factors, Standardization Keywords Accessibility, Usability, Universal Usability, Universal Access
Sarah Horton
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Updated 14 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2006
Where W4A
Authors Sarah Horton
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