From the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, this page includes links to the legal issues surrounding accessibility on the web.
AWARE stands for "accessible web authoring resources and education." The HTML Writers Guild has created a wonderful resource for web authors to learn about web accessibility. Be sure to read Why Does It Matter? Arguments for Accessible Web Design.
Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Everything you ever wanted to know about accessibility on the web. If this site tends to overwhelm you, focus on the links listed under Resources > Guidelines, Checklists, Techniques in the colored bar to the right.
Test your web site with Lynx Viewer! Enter your web site address in the box provided on this page. You will see how people using the web with a text-only browser.
This tool allows you to see your web site as someone with colorblindness would see it.
Here is a brief list of materials you may find helpful.
Loads of information and helpful tips on a variety of web design topics. Includes: help for pros; tips for Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and Photoshop; HTML; graphics; legal issues.
Safe Color Chart
Consult this chart for RGB or hexcodes for web safe colors. You may also want to try exploring Web Safe Color Combinations - just choose a background color then choose a text color, and a page will be rendered with your selections so you can see how the combination looks online.
OCLC Digitization & Preservation Services
OCLC has collected some great information about digitization and preservation, including information about grants assistance. Use the resources page to locate funding sources, digitization grant writing guides, standards and best practices, and discussions groups.
2,500 free stock photos are available for your use. If you use an image, you will need to include a credit to this site. See "About Us" for more information.
Free backgrounds, bullets, animations, and other web elements. Mediabuilder also provides free products like GIFWorks and 3D Text Maker. Give them a try!
Design Gallery Live
Dreamweaver Support Center
Use the menus in the column to the right to find help on your topic of choice.
Need to ask a web development question of a larger group? Sign on to this email discussion list to hear what other library webmeisters are working on and to ask questions you need help with.
"The web developer's resource." Another site with loads of information and nice tutorials. There's a lot here, so start by selecting your expertise level - beginner, builder, or master.
Wide Web Consortium
W3C includes information on HTML, accessibility, CSS, XHTML and more. For those webmeisters trying to stay on top of the latest developments in web technologies.
Metadata is, quite simply, cataloging for web sites. While we haven't done much with metadata at OWLS yet, it is something to keep in mind for the future as our web sites grow.
WebXACT will examine your web site and give you a report of how your design has done in relation to accessibility standards. Don't be surprised if your site doesn't pass muster - it's very picky!
This site offers testing tools to buy, but you can try most of them out before you order. The Webmaster tips page has some good information on everything from promotion to design.
This site is maintained by the well-known usability expert, Jakob Nielsen. The Alertbox includes his bi-weekly column, and Reports includes more good info. Be sure to read his books (a list is included on this page) - they're great!
"Usable Web is a collection of links about information architecture, human factors, user interface issues, and usable design specific to the World Wide Web. Value adds: descriptions, multiple organizational schemes (by date, topic, destination, author, popularity), search engine queries to even more resources."
for the Web
Writing for web sites should be very different than writing for a print product. This article from Jakob Nielsen will help you see why.
This online newsletter from the Software Usability Research Laboratory at Wichita State University includes excellent reports on fonts, online reading styles, and more. A good place to read up on current web trends and studies in usability.
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