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5. Thou shalt not use Java applets, because many people browse with Java switched off.
Basically, people are so fed up of waiting for slow loading, jerky applets that usually contribute little to our enjoyment of either life or your website. And as for that java applet of a shimmering lake, if I never see that again...
6. Thou shalt use tables only as a last resort.
Tables are meant to hold 'tabular data', not entire webpages.
7. Thou shalt design thy website using divs and CSS wherever possible. But remember to ensure that your pages can be used without CSS as some people browse with style sheets switched off.
Basically, you should try to design your website in such a way that end user can resize your text and, if desired, they can use their own style sheet instead of yours. Yes folks, whole idea of spending hours and weeks of your precious time designing a beautiful website, is so that people can decide they want it to look like something completely different.
8. Thou shalt not use WAV, midi or other sound files because many people browse with sound switched off.
Using sound files often means people need to use a plug-in. If this applies to your web page, remember to provide a link to somewhere that plug-in can be downloaded. If you use a small image as link to plug-in website, remember to use an 'alt' tag in image because many people browse with images switched off.
9. Thou shalt not use Flash.
Admit it, you're just showing off aren't you
10. Thou shalt throw up thy hands in despair and rent thy style sheet asunder.
There are too many rules. It's just not worth it. How many allowances do you have to make for way people use Internet anyway? Why not just print out copies of your web page and post them out on request instead? For all I know, many people probably browse without a computer or with electricity switched off or something and we don't want them to miss out as well do we?
By way, if you do decide to distribute printed copies of your web pages, don't forget to produce a Braille version and a foreign language edition as well.
Note: this article is intended for entertainment purposes only. No offence is intended to anyone involved in field of Web accessibility. This article will be made available in a special Morse code edition early next year.
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