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Content Accessibility

If you wanted another reason why you should download my Movable Type templates, then here’s one: they should all be WCAG AAA and 508 compliant. Which means that they should be viewable by people with impaired vision and who are using a text-to-speech or text-to-braille browser, or who need to adjust font sizes, for example. (If you’re wondering about the names of the standards, one is the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the other is Section 508, a US government document which sets out guidelines on how to make government web sites accessible for all its citizens).
The main index has been thoroughly checked with Watchfire’s Bobby tool and with Cynthia Says, which Jeffrey Zeldman recommends over Bobby for the reasons given in his article.
The templates are also valid XHTML 1.1 and CSS2, however if you are not the sort of person who gets a buzz whenever the validator says ‘no errors’ you may want to modify the DocType down to XHTML 1.0 Transitional. That will give you a little more room to breathe, particularly if HTML isn’t your forte.

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