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Re: Assistive Technology

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2011 13:22:37 -0600
Message-ID: <4EBAD2FD.2090703@w3.org>
To: "Doreste, Rachel" <r.doreste@unf.edu>
CC: "'site-comments@w3.org'" <site-comments@w3.org>, "'wai@w3.org'" <wai@w3.org>
  Hi Rachel,

W3C's accessibility guidelines cover the needs of users with a wide range of abilities, using a wide range of assistive technologies and adaptive strategies -- including strategies that do not include common assistive technologies. Many of these are described in "How People with Disabilities Use the Web" beginning at http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/people-use-web/Overview.html

The W3C Markup Validation Service <http://validator.w3.org/> checks markup; it does not specifically check for accessibility barriers. Information on evaluating for accessibility is available from http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/Overview.html

The accessibility standard for web pages is introduced in "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview" at http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag.php


Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/

On 11/3/2011 12:53 PM, Doreste, Rachel wrote:
> Good Afternoon,
> I have a question, based on the w3c validator we found errors but then the page was accessible by JAWS (an assistive Technology). What disabilities are effected that make the errors given by the validator? Meaning, what is effected by the errors since JAWS didnít detect any errors? Thank you for your help!
> -Rachel Doreste
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