Book on Universal Design

April 27, 2009

O’Reilly is one of the most important publishing companies out there right now. They print the books that techies read and refer to in order to keep the world’s IT systems, networks and applications running. Their Linux books were a godsend when I was in grad school.

Here is a new book in their product line:

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And a website for the book.

I hate, hate, hate web things that use Flash for navigation, or buttons that are gif images without alt-text—and I don’t have a disability. Imagine trying to use a such a site with a sip-and-puff switch, or read it with a text-to-speech reader. It doesn’t work. And this can make it miserable for people trying to buy things online, research information, or participate in 21st century social/cultural events (which are increasingly virtual in scope).

Web designers should read this book and O’Reilly is commended for publishing it. I hope they expand and improve it for a second edition in the future, even.

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