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Accessible Web Page Design for the Visually Impaired: A Case Study

Michalska, Anna M. and You, Cindy X. and Nicolini, Ariana M. and Ippolito, Vincent J. and Fink, Wolfgang (2014) Accessible Web Page Design for the Visually Impaired: A Case Study. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 30 (12). pp. 995-1002. ISSN 1044-7318. doi:10.1080/10447318.2014.925771.

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Section 508 of the Rehabilitations Act of 1973 states that federal agencies are required to maintain accessible web-based information for persons with disabilities, namely, visual impairments. Studies spanning over 1 decade conducted by The American Foundation for the Blind and Towson University’s Universal Usability Lab investigated federal home pages for Section 508 violations. Both studies concluded that numerous university, corporate, federal, and federal contractor websites are largely inaccessible to people with disabilities—specifically in terms of clarity, consistency, and fidelity to standards. Due to inconsistencies across federal agencies, constant website updates, and webmaster turnaround, there is a need for practical guidelines for web page design compliant with Section 508, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, with particular focus on the visually impaired.

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Additional Information:© 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Accepted author version posted online: 30 May 2014. Published online: 13 Oct 2014. This research was supported by National Science Foundation Grant EEC-0310723.
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