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Accessibility Tips:
[*] Designing Accessible Tables Part 1
[*] Designing Accessible Tables Part 2
[*] Let JAWS Taste Your Site

CSS Tips:
[*] Cover Your Tables With Style Sheets
[*] Cover Your Tables With Style Sheets
[*] Netscape Ate My Style Sheets!

JavaScript Tip:
[*] Fun With The Referrer Property
[*] Generate Excitement With A Countdown

Designing Accessible Tables Part 1 - To understand table data, you have to know how the individual cells fit into the overall table content. A quick glance at the Web page is usually all the orientation a sighted visitor needs, but people with visual disabilities need more. With just a few changes, you can make your tables accessible to all visitors. In this two-part series, we'll show you how.For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/accessibility_no16.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Designing Accessible Tables Part 2 - Web sites that use tables to control layout often look great and are easy to interpret visually. Still, the complex structure of some layout tables causes problems for visitors using assistive technologies like screen readers. Carefully structure your layout tables and add navigation cues to make them accessible to all visitors. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/accessibility_no17.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Let JAWS Taste Your Site - It's easier to understand the importance of designing accessible Web sites if you're familiar with the types of tools disabled people use to access the Internet. These assistive and adaptive technologies filter Web page content and present it to the user in an understandable format. Learn more about them to find out how they present your site to disabled visitors. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/accessibility_no14.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Cover Your Tables With Style Sheets - Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) were supposed to make layout with tables obsolete. But because of browser incompatibility problems, most Web designers still use tables instead of style sheets to control layout. This means that style sheets and tables coexist on the same Web sites. That mixture leads to unexpected problems in some browsers. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/css_no15.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Cover Your Tables With Style Sheets - Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) were supposed to make layout with tables obsolete. But because of browser incompatibility problems, most Web designers still use tables instead of style sheets to control layout. This means that style sheets and tables coexist on the same Web sites. That mixture leads to unexpected problems in some browsers. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/css_no15.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Netscape Ate My Style Sheets! - Web designers who avoid using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) frequently cite browser incompatibility as the reason. As you may already know from bitter experience, pages that look great in Explorer may not display at all in some Netscape versions. We'll look at some common browser incompatibility problems and show you how to avoid them.For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/css_no17.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Fun With The Referrer Property - People come to your site from search engines, links on other sites, and emails. Use JavaScript's referrer property to find out where your visitor came from. Include that information in a friendly greeting, redirect visitors, or use it to serve up a special page. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/javascript_no14.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]

Generate Excitement With A Countdown - Web site visitors like to quickly jump from one Web site to the next looking for information and entertainment. But there's so much to choose from on the Web that visitors who leave your site may never return.
__ Encourage visitors to sign up for special offers or make reservations for events by using a countdown script. The script generates a sense of urgency that helps persuade visitors to take immediate advantage of your appeal. For full story, GO TO: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol4/javascript_no12.htm. From: Net Mechanic Newsletter, Sept 29, 2001. [top]



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