Overhaul for email newsletter standard TEN

And another one from the Headstar E-Access Bulletin:

The latest version of the Text Email Newsletter (TEN) Standard, drawn up by the publishers of E-Access Bulletin as a blueprint for creating email newsletter layouts that are easy to navigate by people using special access technology such as screen readers, has been released.

The revised standard (http://www.headstar.com/ten) draws on the most recent feedback from a range of leading organisations which have signed up to endorse its principles and apply the standard to their own communications.

Signatories now include the UK government’s Department of Work and Pensions; two local authorities, The London Borough of Brent (http://www.brent.gov.uk) and Tunbridge Wells (http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk); and overseas groups including the library of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (http://www.cnib.ca/library) and The European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (http://www.e-accessibility.org).

Version 1.1 of the TEN guidelines includes new suggestions on font styles, the best use of upper and lower case text, and the most accessible ways of embedding web links into text. There is new guidance on how to structure a newsletter to enable easy navigation, with suggestions on where to place contents listings and background information, and how to begin and end sections of an email newsletter.

Filed under: Accessibility
Posted by Patrick H. Lauke on Tuesday, August 17, 2004

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