6.3. Accessibility in Tools
In addition to educating web developers, the WAI works with software and hardware developers to ensure accessibility in the tools used to create and utilize web content.
6.3.1. Content Creation
WAI works closely with web authoring tool developers to ensure that their tools make it easy for web content authors and designers to create accessible and standards-compliant code. In addition, it is necessary for these tools to be accessible themselves.
Web technology companies are keenly aware of the importance of accessibility on the Web, and they are also proud of their efforts to comply. The bigger players publish manifestos on their efforts to make their products and proprietary technology available to as wide an audience as possible.
6.3.2. Browsing Devices
The WAI also works to coordinate the efforts of developers of assistive technologies. Users with disabilities use a whole range of approaches for browsing. There is a useful list of alternative devices and assistive technologies on the WAI site at http://www.w3.org/WAI/References/Browsing. It contains lists of browsers specifically designed for people with disabilities, screen readers that can read content from standard browsers, existing browsers with accessibility features, voice browsers that can interpret web content from a direct telephone connection, and a variety of other access methods. In addition to links and descriptions of each tool, some also feature demonstrations so you can get a feel for what it is like to browse pages with alternative methods.
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