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6.2. Accessibility in Web Technologies

Accessibility -- addressing both the needs of the disabled and the growing usage of alternative and mobile browsing devices by the general public -- has been a guiding force in the evolution of the technologies we use to create web content. Under the supervision of the WAI, both the HTML 4.0 and CSS2 specifications feature many methods for increasing access to web sites.

6.2.1. HTML 4.01 Features

The HTML 4.01 specification incorporates a number of new attributes and tags aimed specifically at making web documents available to a broader audience. This section lists only a broad summary of accessibility features in HTML 4.01. For a more detailed listing, see the WAI's HTML Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/. Or tackle the HTML 4.0 Specification yourself at http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/. Accessibility features of the Specification include:

6.2.2. CSS2 Features

The latest Cascading Style Sheets recommendation, CSS Level 2 (or CSS2), also provides mechanisms for improved interpretation by nongraphical and nonvisual devices. The following is just a summary of features. For more information, read the WAI's review at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-CSS-TECHS/ or look at the CSS2 Recommendation directly at http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/. Improvements include:

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