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In Australia and around the world, we are seeing web accessibility take a more prominent role in government and legislation. Sarah will discuss how legislation and policy has influenced the perception ...

In Australia and around the world, we are seeing web accessibility take a more prominent role in government and legislation. Sarah will discuss how legislation and policy has influenced the perception and understanding of web accessibility in different parts of the world. It will also look at whether the “big stick” that is policy and legislation is actually translating into an increase in accessible websites. And is the stick the best method for achieving a Web that is accessible to all? The session will conclude with some practical “carrot” tips for influencing and enacting change within your own organisation.

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#CU11: Web accessibility: are we there yet? by Sarah Pulis #CU11: Web accessibility: are we there yet? by Sarah Pulis Presentation Transcript

  • Web accessibility: are we there yet?
    Sarah Pulis
    Manager, Digital Media and Technology
    Twitter: @sarahtp #a11y
  • What does web accessibility mean to you?
  • What is web accessibility?
    People with disabilities can use the web
    Disabilities include:
    Visual
    Hearing
    Motor
    Cognitive
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • Examples of web accessibility
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
    Alternative text for images
    Keyboard Input
    Caption and/or transcripts for media
    <img alt=“Connecting Up Australia logo” …
  • The case for web accessibility
    Accessibility is a basic human right
    Accessibility supports social inclusion
    Business case for accessibility
    Social responsibility
    Increase audience reach
    Increased usability for all
    Better search results
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • The carrot or the stick?
    Standards, laws and carrots
  • Web accessibility is like tennis
  • Web accessibilityis like tennis
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • Web accessibilityis like tennis
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2
    1.1 Text alternative
    1.2 Time Based Media
    1.3 Adaptable
    1.4 Distinguishable
    2.1 Keyboard accessible
    2.2 Enough time
    2.3 Seizures
    2.4 Navigable
    3.1 Readable
    3.2 Predictable
    3.3 Input assistance
    WCAG 2.0
    4.1 Compatible
  • Overview of Standards and laws
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • Government playing the game
    SECTION 508, UNITED STATES OF AUSTRALIA
  • Civil action
    Jodhan vs. Canadian Government
    How would you feel if...
    You couldn’t apply for employment?
    You couldn’t access statistical data?
    You couldn’t fill out an online census form?
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • Business and individuals playing the game
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • What about everyone else?
    Who should have minimum access requirements?
    How do we encourage more businesses to consider making their website more accessible?
    What are the challenges you face in making your website accessible?
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • Twitter conversation from today…
    @stcaccess @jkiss Unfortunately, businesses require monetary reasons & governments require laws. Just a sad fact. /cc @dboudreau
    @webaxe Is true, but have seen 1st hand uptake by govtmgmt when a11y successes openly acknowledged. @stcaccess @dboudreau @theartofpeople
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • How can I make my own website more accessible?
    Practical tips and tricks
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • Making a case for web accessibility
    Social responsibility factors
    Content is available to all audiences
    Increased general usability for everyone
    Increased findability with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
    Positive image and publicity
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
    Not-for-profit sector
  • Improving your existing website
    Understand the basics, set your targets and communicate your intentions
    Identify accessibility issues and prioritise repairs
    Repair accessibility barriers efficiently and effectively
    Tender love and care for the future
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
    http://www.w3.org/WAI/impl/improving.html
  • Building a new accessible website
    Identify all the players
    Conduct initial assessment
    Develop organisation policy
    Select software that supports accessibility
    Provide training (esp. content managers)
    Develop accessible website
    Promote organisation awareness
    Monitor website accessibility
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
    http://www.w3.org/wai/impl/overview.html
  • 10 tips for a more accessible website
    Use alt tags on images
    Use an ordered layout
    Provide captions and/or transcripts or audio description for media
    Use descriptive link text
    Use accessible text
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • 10 tips for a more accessible website
    Check that the colour contrast in your design is sufficient
    Don’t use colour as the only visual cue
    Allow users to skip to navigation
    Use tables appropriately, and make them accessible
    Ensure CAPTCHAs are accessible
    WEB ACCESSIBILITY: ARE WE THERE YET?
  • Sarah Pulis (@sarahtp)
    Manager, Digital Media and Technology
    sarah.pulis@mediaaccess.org.au
    02 9212 6242