David Sloan<br />@sloandr<br />24th May 2011<br />Scottish UPA, Edinburgh<br />Engaging industry and the public sector in ...
Outline<br />Developments in Web/ICT Accessibility State of the Art<br />Technical<br />Research<br />Support<br />Challen...
1 DEVELOPMENTS IN ACCESSIBILITY STATE-OF -THE-ART<br />3<br />
New (exciting web) technologies<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />4<br />
Accessibility and Inclusive ICT Research<br />156 Accessibility related projects listed at www.cardiac-project.eu<br />Dav...
Resources<br />For developers<br />WCAG 2, ATAG and associated WAI resources<br />Data on browser/AT support: HTML 5 Acces...
2 A LACK OF PROGRESS AND HOW WE CAN ADDRESS IT<br />7<br />
We’re not there yet...<br />“Previous surveys of European websites to determine progress towards eInclusion and levels of ...
Evidence of limited progress<br />Data from survey results<br />Issues with emerging web content and applications <br />La...
New focus: supporting the commissioning/procurement process<br />“You don’t ask, you don’t get...”<br />Recognition that I...
Aims of BS8878<br /><ul><li>Advice for how to embed accessibility strategically within an organisation
A process which identifies the key decisions which impact accessibility which are taken in a web product’s lifecycle
An informed way of making these decisions
A way of documenting all of this to ensure best practice</li></ul>WebProduct Accessibility Statement<br />Organizational W...
BS8878: decision support<br />16 stage process; consider accessibility at each stage<br />Complements WCAG as it standardi...
Supporting uptake: eAccess+<br />Network of 25 partner organisations from across EU<br />Outreach to industry and public s...
Supporting uptake: eAccess+<br />Key aims:<br />Making people aware of the resources that are already out there<br />Findi...
3 WHAT ARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND VIEWS?<br />15<br />
Engaging with accessibility and usability professionals<br />What are the challenges you experience in promoting and suppo...
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Talk delivered to Scottish Usability Professionals' Association on 24 May 2011, focusing on developments in web and ICT accessibility, barriers to adoption and how these can best be addressed.

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Engaging industry and the public sector in accessible, inclusive design

  1. 1. David Sloan<br />@sloandr<br />24th May 2011<br />Scottish UPA, Edinburgh<br />Engaging industry and the public sector in accessible, inclusive design - do we need to shout louder or smarter?<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />Developments in Web/ICT Accessibility State of the Art<br />Technical<br />Research<br />Support<br />Challenges<br />Why are accessibility barriers still a problem?<br />What do YOU think?<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />2<br />
  3. 3. 1 DEVELOPMENTS IN ACCESSIBILITY STATE-OF -THE-ART<br />3<br />
  4. 4. New (exciting web) technologies<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Accessibility and Inclusive ICT Research<br />156 Accessibility related projects listed at www.cardiac-project.eu<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Resources<br />For developers<br />WCAG 2, ATAG and associated WAI resources<br />Data on browser/AT support: HTML 5 Accessibility<br />Best practice from industry leaders: Web Standards Sherpa, HTML5 Doctor<br />Tools: Inclusive Design Toolkit, AEGIS Personas<br />For people who experience accessibility barriers<br />Fix the Web<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />6<br />
  7. 7. 2 A LACK OF PROGRESS AND HOW WE CAN ADDRESS IT<br />7<br />
  8. 8. We’re not there yet...<br />“Previous surveys of European websites to determine progress towards eInclusion and levels of conformance to published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have revealed disappointing low levels of compliance within government and the commercial sectors ”<br />Declaring Conformance on Web Accessibility: Final Report, 5th May 2011 http://goo.gl/9SNDK<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Evidence of limited progress<br />Data from survey results<br />Issues with emerging web content and applications <br />Lack of engagement of accessibility (as we know it) in wider equality and inclusion movement<br />Existence of flawed design approaches<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />9<br />
  10. 10. New focus: supporting the commissioning/procurement process<br />“You don’t ask, you don’t get...”<br />Recognition that ICT/web commissioning process involves many stakeholders, not just developers<br />European Union: Mandate 376 and 420<br />UK: British Standard BS8878<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Aims of BS8878<br /><ul><li>Advice for how to embed accessibility strategically within an organisation
  12. 12. A process which identifies the key decisions which impact accessibility which are taken in a web product’s lifecycle
  13. 13. An informed way of making these decisions
  14. 14. A way of documenting all of this to ensure best practice</li></ul>WebProduct Accessibility Statement<br />Organizational Web Accessibility Policy<br />WebProduct Accessibility Policy<br />
  15. 15. BS8878: decision support<br />16 stage process; consider accessibility at each stage<br />Complements WCAG as it standardises a process c/f an end product<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />12<br />
  16. 16. Supporting uptake: eAccess+<br />Network of 25 partner organisations from across EU<br />Outreach to industry and public sector<br />Encouraging and supporting uptake of eAccessibility<br />Activities<br />Web accessibility<br />Accessible convergent communications – focus on Interactive digital TV<br />Self-service terminals<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />13<br />
  17. 17. Supporting uptake: eAccess+<br />Key aims:<br />Making people aware of the resources that are already out there<br />Finding out more about resistance/barriers to wider eAccessibility adoption<br />> Informing future EU activity in promoting inclusive ICT<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />14<br />
  18. 18. 3 WHAT ARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND VIEWS?<br />15<br />
  19. 19. Engaging with accessibility and usability professionals<br />What are the challenges you experience in promoting and supporting accessibility to organisations?<br />Lack of awareness<br />Attitude and assumptions<br />The business case; ROI<br />Lack of resources<br />Fit with current Web/ICT strategy<br />Other?<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />16<br />
  20. 20. Resources<br />BS8878 Community of Practice: http://www.meetup.com/bs8878-web-accessibility<br />eAccess+:<br />Project site: http://www.eaccessplus.eu<br />Information Hub: http://hub.eaccessplus.eu<br />Ability Centred Design – an emerging research approach (Wobbrock et al, 2011): http://iis.seas.harvard.edu/papers/2011/wobbrock11abd.pdf<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />17<br />
  21. 21. Acknowledgements<br />Photo on title slide: Flickr user Nathaniel Boehm<br />AJAX photo: Flickr user @skwashd<br />NEWT logo: Rob Winters and Bruce Lawson<br />BS8878 slides: Jonathan Hassell<br />eAccess+ is a Thematic Network funded under The EC ICT Policy Support Programme, ref 250568<br />David Sloan 24 May 2011<br />18<br />
  22. 22. email:dsloan@computing.dundee.ac.uk<br />twitter:@sloandr<br />blog:www.58sound.com<br />work:www.dmag.org.uk --- www.computing.dundee.ac.uk<br />19<br />

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