Integrating accessibility in the organization's web development lifecycle
by AccessibilitéWeb on May 16, 2012
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Web accessibility standards introduce inclusion concerns for people with disabilities that disrupt traditional patterns within organizations. These standards challenge development practices that are ...
Web accessibility standards introduce inclusion concerns for people with disabilities that disrupt traditional patterns within organizations. These standards challenge development practices that are often considered to be tried and true. Introducing these guidelines to a web development team leads to changes in practices that may jeopardize a project's profitability. While accessibility principles are generally not difficult to implement, the amount of details to consider while doing so is significant and therefore, the risks of falling into certain traps abound. Based on a theoretical workflow model anyone can relate to, this training session will explain how Web accessibility, unlike other Web-related practices, is characterized by the fact that it influences every aspect of the web development lifecycle. This means that accessibility is not just another specialist the project manager needs to squeeze in the traditional process. Rather, web accessibility requires every member of the team to understand the requirements that may affect the work they do in order to ensure that proper decisions are being made at the best possible time in the project. The training session will conclude with a distribution of WCAG 2.0's success criteria, based on the responsibilities each individual holds within the development team. Sharing these requirements between team members will ensure the success of the accessibility goals in all phases of production.
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