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Designing Accessible Applications

Visual Studio .NET 2003

Your customer base probably includes many people with disabilities, whether you are aware of it or not. According to government figures, one person in five has some functional limitation, and eight percent of all users on the Web have disabilities. In the United States alone there are more than 30 million people with disabilities who can be affected by the design of computer software, and worldwide the number is much higher. Many countries/regions, including the United States, have laws that mandate accessibility at some level.

In This Section

Basic Principles of Accessible Design
The five basic principles of accessible application design
Implementing Accessibility
Deciding what accessibility features to implement
Accessibility Design Guidelines for Software
Guidelines for designing accessible software
Accessibility Design Guidelines for the Web
Guidelines for designing accessible Web sites
Active Accessibility
An introduction to Microsoft Active Accessibility technology

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Walkthrough: Creating an Accessible Web Application
Describes how to create an ASP.NET Web application that is optimized for different accessibility issues
Walkthrough: Creating an Accessible Windows Application
Describes how to create a Windows application that is optimized for different accessibility issues