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2009: Maturing in accessibility - a brief BBC history
 

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Presentation given by Jonathan Hassell (Head of Audience Experience & Usability for BBC Future Media & Technology) at Media Trust Digital Inclusion conference in 2009. ...

Presentation given by Jonathan Hassell (Head of Audience Experience & Usability for BBC Future Media & Technology) at Media Trust Digital Inclusion conference in 2009.

Covers: how to use the Employers Forum for Disability Maturity Model for accessibility to assess your organisation's maturity, and how the BBC has measured itself against it

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  • Thanks Nicola. This is the last presentation – so start thinking of questions for the end…
  • I ’ ve been working in accessibility for years … And this is where we started …
  • I ’ ve been working in accessibility for years … And this is where we started …
  • The web isn ’ t so much about information any more. It ’ s so much more than that …
  • I ’ ve been working in accessibility for years … And this is where we started …
  • The DDA requires “ reasonable adjustments ” – unfortunately with no case-law yet, this is an ambiguous term Does the standard help? – remember, this is about audiences… Make sure it is practical to apply/uphold the standard within your production processes
  • The BBC commissioned Systems Concepts to do a survey of bbc.co.uk ’ s accessibility in 2001. We made the report public in Feb 2002, to share our knowledge with the industry. The DRC Formal Investigation into Website Accessibility Report from last year is also good. But neither is anywhere near as good as third parties testing your site and feeding back specific suggestions about how it could be improved. The BBC, together with AbilityNet, produced and rolled-out a BBC-specific awareness course to 250 BBC web production staff in 2003/04 Send all your staff on the course – incl. decision-makers and technical, design staff experience of assistive technologies is reinforced if the course is presented by a trainer who has some form of impairment
  • The DDA requires “ reasonable adjustments ” – unfortunately with no case-law yet, this is an ambiguous term Does the standard help? – remember, this is about audiences… Make sure it is practical to apply/uphold the standard within your production processes
  • in 2003, Molly Holzschlag rubbished the bbc.co.uk for its conformance to standards the new BBC homepage should change her mind now how JavaScript can sort screenreader problems – an example of how complex accessibility is (often JavaScript is seen as an accessibility problem not a solution)
  • The DDA requires “ reasonable adjustments ” – unfortunately with no case-law yet, this is an ambiguous term Does the standard help? – remember, this is about audiences… Make sure it is practical to apply/uphold the standard within your production processes

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