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What is This Site For?
This is the Accessible Techcomm website. This website aims to provide resources, information, and support to technical communicators with accessibility needs and to help technical communicators make the products they create accessible to end users with accessibility needs.
How to Find What You're Looking For
The information we provide is in the form of blog posts. Notification about each blog post is sent to our Twitter feed and to our Facebook page. You may also subscribe to receive notification about a new blog post sent to your email address.
There are several ways to find what you're looking for on this site.
- For an alphabetical list of all articles on the website, look at the Posts section of the Site Map for Humans. The list of blog posts is also available in the sidebar's Contents section.
- In the sidebar:
- Use the Search box to find one or more key words.
- Use the LAST UPDATED list to note which posts have been updated recently.
- Use the RECENT POSTS list for the newest information added to the site.
- Use the CATEGORIES selection list for everything in the site for a specific category.
- Use the ARCHIVES to find all articles for a specific month and year.
The Accessible Techcomm website is maintained by the following team:
- Cynthia A. Lockley, Website Designer and Web Diva
- Karen Mardahl, Site Manager and Assistant Web Diva
For questions about or to report a design / navigation problem with the website, send a message to the website team.
- Karen Mardahl
- Cynthia Lockley
Input for the site has been provided by several people including: Karen Mardahl, Lori Gillen, Jodie Gilmore, George Hoerter, Connie Kiernan, Paula Kimbrough, Gail Lippincott, Andy Malcolm, Helen Marty, Kim McConnell, Gloria Reece, Judy Skinner, Karen Steele, Fabien Vais, and many others.
Site Design & Navigation
At Accessible Techcomm we aim to provide a website that is 100% accessibile. We use cascading style sheets (CSS) instead of tables for the page layout. All navigation menus are text links styled by CSS: no graphic buttons are used in the menus. We are using a theme for WordPress specifically designed to be accessible: Aaron. For more information, see the Accessibility features page.
This website has a menu navigation bar at the top for finding goal-oriented topics of the website. The top level of the menu bar may contain subitems the user can click on to go to. Each page is composed of a column of the main content for the topic and a column called a "sidebar" that is a directory to specific information on the website that provides additional features of the website such as a photo album, other ways to follow the organization through social media, a list of pages, a list of recent posts, and other items not directly related to the main content of the topic of the page or to the overall topic of the website. The sidebar items do not need to be included in the organizational structure of the menu bar. The sidebar is repeated on each page for ease of use. Additional sidebars are contained in the footer of each page to provide contact information, copyright information, and similar items of interest also not directly related to the main topic of the page or the website. A laptop or desktop user will use the scrollbar to move from the top to the bottom of a page and can click on the "To Top" button to return to the top navigation menu bar.
Infinite scrolling is a web-design technique that loads content continuously as the user scrolls down the page, eliminating the need for pagination. Once on the desired page, the user can use infinite scrolling to view all the information on the page. The basic functionality is that, as the user scrolls through content, more content is loaded automatically. Infinite scrolling offers an efficient way to browse information on a page without having to wait for "continued on" pages to load. This gives the user a responsive experience whether they are using a mobile device or a desktop device.
On a mobile device, mobile themes move all the sidebars below the main content. Infinite scrolling will continue past the main content through all the material in the side and bottom sidebars. The user does not have to continue scrolling through all the sidebars once they are familiar with their contents or do not want to go to one of these side topics or down to the copyright information, which is contained at the bottom of each page.
Accessibility Design and Features
The Accessibility design and features page describes the navigation, fonts, style sheets, colors, website conventions, and other items used to make this site an enjoyable and useful experience for people with special needs.
PDF file information
Some hypertext links may take you to Portable Document Format (PDF) files you can view in your Web browser. PDF file links are marked by by noting the size of the PDF with the.pdf file extension at the end of the link (250 KB .pdf). PDF files are extremely compact, platform-independent, and easy to create. They offer design control, print-ready documents, and an endless array of authoring applications. PDF is an extension of the Encapsulated PostScript format that allows hypertext linking. Some PDF files may contain hypertext links that take you to another location in the PDF file or to another Web page. The hypertext links are indicated by a hot spot in the PDF file where the cursor changes to a hand with a pointing finger. Use the Back button to return to previous pages in the Web browser or to return from the PDF viewer to the HTML viewer.
If you can't view the PDF files or you get an error message, download and install the latest version of the FREE Acrobat® Reader™ plug-in for your browser: http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/. Some PDF files are saved with accessibility and search capabilities for screen readers. The Acrobat Reader, full version has accessibility and search capabilities.
Access Plug-in Note: If you are using a screen reader, download the Access plug-in as well: https://www.adobe.com/accessibility.html. The Access plug-in allows you to convert the PDF file to an ASCII Text format.
Disclaimers and Copyrights
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