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What does ‘accessibility’ mean?. Alistair Garrison Accessinmind Limited. Different things to different people. When talking about the World Wide Web, the term ‘accessibility’ means different things to different people. It depends on: Who you are; What you do; What you use; - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • What does accessibility mean?

    Alistair Garrison Accessinmind Limited

  • Different things to different people...When talking about the World Wide Web, the term accessibility means different things to different people.It depends on: Who you are; What you do; What you use; Your environment; and Your society.

  • A blind userTo me Web Accessibility meansAccess to certain banks, home shopping, news, dictionaries, travel agents, etcBut, only those which: work with my screen-reader (assistive technology); provide additional information to cover the fact that I cannot take in purely visual information.

  • A blind userTo me Web Accessibility meansAccess to certain banks, home shopping, news, dictionaries, travel agents, etcThose which: work with my assistive technology; provide additional information to cover the fact that I cannot take in purely visual information.Technical Accessibility

  • A user with epilepsyTo me Web Accessibility meansConfidence that a web page does not contain harmful flashing content.

  • A user with epilepsyTo me Web Accessibility meansConfidence, that a web page does not contain harmful flashing content.

    Health & Safety

  • An elderly userTo me Web Accessibility meansBeing able to increase the text size in a page; Consistent navigation which allows me to remember my way around;Provision of a site map or table of contents.

  • An elderly userTo me Web Accessibility meansBeing able to increase the text size; Remembering my way around;Provision of a site map or table of contents.

    User considerations

  • A non-disabled userTo me Web Accessibility meansLess irritating websites without pop-ups;Faster loading times;The possibility to use my PDA to view pages.

  • A non-disabled userTo me Web Accessibility meansLess irritating websites without pop-ups;Faster loading times;The possibility to use my PDA to view pages. Better User Experience

  • Internet Software Developers To me Web Accessibility meansValid code: as mistakes are removed at the authoring stage.More time for other things: The time spent correcting poor code could be spent on support for new technologies.User Agents, Assistive Technologies, Accessibility evaluation software, etc

  • Internet Software Developers To me Web Accessibility meansValid code: as mistakes are removed at the authoring stage.More time for other things: The time spent correcting poor code could be spent on support for new technologies.Valid CodeUser Agents, Assistive Technologies, Accessibility evaluation software, etc

  • A Website OwnerTo me Web Accessibility meansLegal responsibility; WCAG 1.0;Possible decision on which level of WCAG 1.0;Implementing WCAG 1.0;Staff training;Maintaining chosen level of accessibility.Public Websites, Websites which provide goods and services, etc

  • A Website OwnerTo me Web Accessibility meansAccepting the fact that people with disabilities will use the website; Deciding which level of WCAG 1.0;Implementing WCAG 1.0Staff training;Maintaining chosen level of accessibility.Conformance to WCAG 1.0Public Websites, Websites which provide goods and services, etc

  • Procurement ManagerTo me Web Accessibility meansIncorporating accessibility into all tenders and contracts:Precise technical specifications;Evaluation procedures for assessing the accessibility of delivered products, either internally or by a third-party.

  • Procurement ManagerTo me Web Accessibility meansIncorporating accessibility into all tenders and contracts:Precise technical specifications;Evaluation procedures for assessing the accessibility of delivered products, either internally or by a third-party. Precise definition of accessibility& an evaluation mechanism

  • Web Designer / DeveloperTo me Web Accessibility meansUnderstanding WCAG 1.0;Understanding and applying supporting WCAG techniques.Identifying tools which help me (the developer) to generate WCAG conformant content minimizing development time.Making web content which works on different platforms and in different browsersEvaluating finished content using tools and WAI checklists.

  • Web Designer / DeveloperTo me Web Accessibility meansUnderstanding WCAG 1.0;Understanding and applying supporting WCAG techniques.Identifying tools which help me (the developer) to generate WCAG conformant content minimizing development time.Making web content which works on different platforms and in different browsersEvaluating finished content using tools and WAI checklists.

    Techniques & Tools

  • LawyerTo me Web Accessibility meansUnderstanding legislation to determine peoples rights and duties;Seeking independent advice about what is reasonable in terms of accessibility.Using accessibility experts to evaluate whether or not a reasonable level of accessibility has been provided;When defending a client whos being sued for an inaccessible Website, or suing the owner of an inaccessible Website.

  • LawyerTo me Web Accessibility meansUnderstanding legislation to determine peoples rights and duties;Seeking independent advice about what is reasonable in terms of accessibility.Using accessibility experts to evaluate whether or not a reasonable level of accessibility has been provided;When defending a client whos being sued for an inaccessible Website, or suing the owner of an inaccessible Website.Independent Expert Advice

  • Disability Rights GroupTo me Web Accessibility meansEqualisation of opportunities;Universal adoption of standards;

  • Disability Rights GroupTo me Web Accessibility meansEqualisation of opportunities;Universal adoption of standards;Equalisation of Opportunities

  • PoliticianTo me Web Accessibility meansMaking a more inclusive society through policy;Setting standards & benchmarks;Promoting the widespread adoption and use of guidelines;Measuring progress and showing visible results.

  • PoliticianTo me Web Accessibility meansMaking a more inclusive society through policy;Setting standards & benchmarks;Promoting the widespread adoption and use of guidelines;Measuring progress and showing visible results.

    Visible sign of accessibility adoption

  • All these things are relatedConformance to WCAG 1.0Technical accessibility Health & safetyUser considerationsBetter user experienceValid codeTools & techniquesPrecise definition of accessibility & an evaluation mechanismIndependent expert adviceEqualisation of opportunities Visible signs of accessibility adoption

  • ThroughConformance to WCAG 1.0Technical accessibility Health & safetyUser considerationsBetter user experienceValid codeTools & techniquesPrecise definition of accessibility & an evaluation mechanismIndependent expert adviceEqualisation of opportunities Visible signs of accessibility adoptionAdoption of W3C / WAI RecommendationsEuropean e-Accessibility Implementation Policies&

  • Conclusionas they are all valuable parts of Europes strategy for Web Accessibility. Making, the World Wide Web far more accessible for everyone