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Need For Web Accessibility Final

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This paper talks about need for web accessibility and what Yahoo! is doing; presented at Techshare India 2010 on 16th February, 2010

This paper talks about need for web accessibility and what Yahoo! is doing; presented at Techshare India 2010 on 16th February, 2010


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  • 1. Need for Web Accessibility in Developing Countries Yahoo! Initiatives
    By Srinivasu ChakravarthulaAccessibility Manager
  • 2. Internet and its usage
    Applications
    Education Research Business
    Travel
    Shop Entertainment Social Networking Music Matrimony
    Users:
    Student, parent, teacher, professionals, government, senior citizens… and everyone!
  • 3. Users of internet also
    includes people with
    special needs
  • 4. Statistics…
  • 5. Some facts…
    As per WHO, there are about 600 million people with disabilities across the world
    In India alone, there are about 70 million
    There is a rapid development in the area of assistive technology industry!
  • 6. Disability and types of disabilities
    Unable to perform a particular task
    It can be a temporary or permanent
    Can occur either by birth or by accident
    Situational Disability
    Oops! My mouse stopped working
    Text is too small on this webpage
    Functional Disability
    Visually impaired
    Mobility impaired
    Hard of hearing
    Learning disability
    Autism, CP
  • 7. How People with Disabilities Use Computer
    Screen readers
    Screen magnifiers
    On-screen keyboard
    Track ball
    Switch
    Ergonomic Keyboard
    Refreshable Braille Display
  • 8. Web is more useful
    to people with
    disabilities
  • 9. Deepa Narasimhan, Graphic Designer, EMC
    As far as I use the On screen
    keyboard, its easy on all website.
    Maybe we need a better voice
    recognition software which can
    use on computers for typing &
    browsing websites. Which would
    help people with sever
    conditions, as few people with no
    hands (amputees) will find this
    great way to browse the internet.
  • 10. Case studies continued… Artur Ortega
    The internet allows me as a blind person
    to get access to services and information
    without any help by anyone which
    wouldn't be even be possible or very
    difficult in a physical world. The internet
    creates new opportunities and creates a
    full new independency for persons with
    disabilities.
    I really miss the approach of a great part
    of the private sector to embrace
    accessibility. Only some very innovative
    companies like Yahoo! are taking the first
    steps to even make web 2.0 applications
    accessible and breaking into new
    dimensions of accessibility. I would love if
    more and more companies would follow
    this great example.
  • 11. Yahoo! Initiatives
  • 12. Why Yahoo! cares for accessibility?
    Yahoo! is a global web company
    Around 600 million users visit Yahoo!
    Approximately 200 million world wide and 76 million from India visit our properties related to Emerging Markets.
    Yahoo!’s presence include
  • 13. Our mindset…
    We think for all!
    We sensitize our teams
    We train our teams in the area of assistive technology and accessibility
  • 14. Accessibility Lab
    Accessibility Labs at Sunnyvale and Bangalore are equipped with different assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, Track ball, Refreshable Braille Display, Big Twist Switch, Voice Recognition software etc.
  • 15. Our Team
    Alan Brightman, Sandeep Datar, Victor Tsaran, Srinivasu Chakravarthula and Artur Ortega
  • 16. Accessibility Task Force and SIG
    Core Accessibility team
    Accessibility Task Force includes members from
    User Experience Design
    Quality Engineering
    Front End Engineering
    SE & O
    Learning and Development
  • 17. Accessibility is considered right at the design stage
  • 18.
  • 19. What we do?
    Conduct user studies
    Involve people with disabilities in our accessibility testing
    Develop Accessibility Guidelines and Checklists for Yahoo!
    Evangelize about accessibility in and outside Yahoo!
    Run a public mailing list (coming soon)
  • 20. With full effort to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
    Use of ARIA for dynamic modules like Yahoo! Search
    Closed captioning for videos
    YUI components that are accessible, like ARIA enabled Drop down menus etc.
    Audio CAPTCHA in Yahoo! Groups
    We Design…
  • 21. Accessibility Testing - Automated
    Internal Automation Open Source Tool Yselinium to test for high level accessibility issues
    WAVE – http://wave.webaim.org/toolbar
    Firefox Accessibility extension
    Add-ons of Mozilla Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=accessibility&cat=all
  • 22. Manual Testing
    Screen Readers
    NVDA – http://www.nvda-project.org
    JAWS for Windows – http://www.freedomscientific.com
    Screen Magnifiers
    ZoomText Xtra – http://www.aisquared.com
    Dolphin Supernova – http://www.yourdolphin.com
    Alternate Input devices –
    Track ball and switch – http://www.ablenetinc.com
    Dragon Naturally Speaking
    http://www.nuance.com
    Talks – a screen reader for mobile S60 phones
    http://www.nuance.com/talks/
  • 23. Outreach…
    Present in Accessibility
    Workshops around the country
    Part of awareness
    programs for other
    organizations
    Evangelize through Hack days
  • 24. Thank You

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