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Archive for March, 2009

5 Easy steps to web accessibility.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Many people starting out in web development can be easily overwhelmed by all the terminology. Just look at the following sentence…

Just ping the API using PHP and SOAP, parse the XML and apply the correct XSLT to generate valid XHTML and apply your CSS.

Add in terms like WAI, WCAG, and US Section 508 and a beginner, and even mid-level programmer, can easily get lost.

To help budding developers, and those who want to learn more about accessibility and implement it into your web site, I’ve put together this list of 5 easy steps to help you get on the right path.

Ultimate Dropdown Menu 4.5

UDM is a fully-featured and accessible DHTML dropdown menu, that provides useable content to all browsers - including screenreaders, search-engines, text-only browsers and any web enabled device such as PDAs, iPhones ®, and Blackberrys ®. But having a dropdown menu that makes use of the key benefits of accessibility shouldn't mean compromise, and so UDM includes a sophisticated range of design and usability controls, to give you a tool with unique capabilities:

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Server-Side Frameworks

UDM is available in a range of server-side frameworks, that generate CSS and scripting on the server, and can bring the total filesize to only 20K!

Recent articles

Initialization trigger element
Defining a trigger element allows the menu script to initialize before window.onload!
The implications of initializing before window.onload
Any scripting you do which is tied into the API "Ready" event (event "010") may need to be checked to make sure it still behaves correctly.
Setting the character-match value for allowed filenames
The file path in the PHP configuration can now contain "\" (backslash) and ":" (colon), for greater compatibility with Windows server paths.
Refreshing the tree after dynamic changes
Using the um.refresh method, you can add or remove items after page load, or populate the menus using AJAX.

Popular extensions

"You are here"
Tells you where you are in the navigation tree.
Load XML
Use an XML document as your menu data source.
Scrolling Menus
Adds up/down scrolling behavior to overlong menus.

See all available extensions


UDM 4 is valid XHTML, and in our judgement, meets the criteria for WAI Triple-A conformance.