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Library Web Accessibility at Kentucky's 4-Year Degree Granting Colleges and Universities (09 Sep 2004)
Web sites designed to be accessible to all, using the principles of Universal Design, are not just a good idea, they are mandated by law. While Web accessibility has become a well-established topic in library literature, reaching back to at least 1996, there seems to be a disconnect between recommendations for and implementation of accessible design [1]. Many articles on the topic of Web accessibility refer to Universal Design (UD), which seeks to produce "products and environments useable by all people, to their greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design" [2]. According to the principles of UD, this outcome should be accomplished with little or no additional expense. For Web designers, the nuts-and-bolts of implementing UD are defined by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that, when implemented completely, result in sites as accessible as user agents allow.
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