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I think iPad apps like Flipboard may turn out to be one of the best things to happen to accessibility in quite a while. Not because they are accessibility tools themselves, because they are not. No, this is a bonus for accessibility because it will let users who would never think about accessibility see the consequences of bad code. Good semantic code with all the style controlled by CSS looks wonderful when it's pulled into Flipboard. Poorly written code using inline styles, spaces, and other tricks to control the design don't fair so well.

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The obvious followup question to 9 Reasons Why Accessibility Matters is "How do I do that?" It's not really as difficult as it might seem. Answer these nine questions, and see how your site's accessibility can be improved.

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I was putting together a list of resources that I regularly use for someone, and I thought it might be helpful for someone else.

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I'm still using the CSS Menu Writer that I got to evaluate. I have to say it's very slick. I'm working on a WordPress site that I hope to reveal soon, and it came in very handy. I've worked on tabbed navigation with CSS before, but this was relatively painless. A few quick menu adjustments and it gave me a set of beautiful tabbed menus. Of course it's never quite that easy.

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If you are a site designer, or a site owner, you will at some point need to evaluate a site. Do the bones of the site stand up, or it is a screaming wreck hidden behind a pretty facade? The first thing I do is look at the source code.  Beautiful code isn't the final answer on site testing, but it's a place to start.  Is it table based, or a CSS layout? A table based layout should put up a warning flag. Table based layouts are outdated... you can do better. You want CSS. It's more adaptable, and more accessible to a wide range of technologies.

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Have you noticed the attribute "ilo-full-src" appearing in your code when when working in WordPress with Firefox? You likely have the ImgLikeOpera extension installed. Disable it and everything should work fine. I don't know why it's causing the addition of this odd bit of code, but it seems to be doing just that.

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I just thought this was interesting, and yes, I didn't know a browser could render some of those. 7 Character Sets You Didn’t Know Your Browser Could Render

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Should you use bold or strong, italic or emphasis? It's all in the context. Strong <strong> and emphasis <em> are logical tags, and are the correct tags to be using in html to add emphasis to content. They can be read differently by screen readers, and their purpose is just that. They make your site more understandable to the portion of your audience that isn't using a browsers to get your content. Italic <i> and bold <b> are font characteristics, and while commonly associated with Strong and Emphasis, don't have to be.

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456 Berea Street has a nice post on Guidelines for creating better markup today. I the classitis suggestion the best.

Avoid classitis. Does every element you want to style with CSS have a class attribute? They almost certainly do not need to. Use descendant selectors instead.

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How often do you visit a website and find that it isn't functioning properly? Lack of functionality is a very common problem that I see. A site needs to function reliably and consistently, regardless of the platform and browser choices of the viewer. Too many designers seem willing to sacrifice functionality in exchange for one web gimmick or another. Building a website is more than just slapping the pieces together and praying. Test, test test, and then do it again. Here is a short list of things that need to be checked. It is by no means complete.

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