Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Everybody Loves Cake Especially if its Accessible and Usable Cake

Can you have accessibility and usability at the same time? Sure, as long as you code your site carefully. In the article Let Them Eat CakebyAaron Gustafson Aaron shows us with some examples how we can use DOM, in connection with JavaScript and CSS to make a site extremely usable. He walks us through the process step by step, but to be completely hones I wasn’t sure exactly what DOM was, so I looked it up and found out it stands for Document Object Model, which for short means that it is a programming language that interacts with html xhtml,. It will do for this article, so using it he breaks up a webpage which is his article (Original html of his article site) Using DOM and JavaScript he shows us how to be able to get this single page, to be broken down into sub categories so you can skip to what section you want easily without having to scroll up and down. To be hones I would have made a dumb mistake of having multiple web pages for what he was able to accomplish in this single page. So after he gets the functionality down, he is able to turn the original html for his article site into (Into this finished site) You can definitely see the CSS difference, but if you have ever wanted to make multiple section website that also prints as the original.

Gustafson’s article can work like a tutorial to help you accomplish the bridge between accessibility, and usability. The article inspires me to keep learning and looking for ways to combine both accessibility and make it usable for the visitors to. Sometimes we never give the users any credit they are smarter then we think, but we need to be careful not to make our site a chore to navigate, because in the end content will drive visitors, and helping them get there is the web developers job. In the end this article helped me understand how HTML and CSS is just the bread and condiments of your web sandwich, there are many different meats and toppings out there. Making the sandwich delicious is a different topic, but always keep looking for new knowledge.

To get some JS and DOM knowledge check out this book
Murach's JavaScript and DOM Scripting (Murach: Training & Reference)

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