The Importance of Web Accessibility

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A keynote on the importance of making your website accessible and how to achieve this.

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  • The Importance of Web Accessibility

    1. 1. The Problem with ACCESSIBILITY
    2. 2. “ It is illegal for a provider of services to discriminate against a disabled personDisability Discrimination Act 1995. (s.3)(19)(1) ”
    3. 3. Achieving Accessibility
    4. 4. “How do I make my website accessibleto somebody with a visual impairment? ”
    5. 5. Web users with full or partial blindness are perhaps most affected by accessibility
    6. 6. Good ways to make websites accessible to visually impairedpeople include:
    7. 7. Good ways to make websites accessible to visually impairedpeople include: Large Print Content
    8. 8. Good ways to make websites accessible to visually impairedpeople include: Large Print Content Alternative Text
    9. 9. Good ways to make websites accessible to visually impairedpeople include: Large Print Content Alternative Text Audio Commentary
    10. 10. Good ways to make websites accessible to visually impairedpeople include: Use HTML <alt> Large Print Content and <longdesc> tags Alternative Text Audio Commentary
    11. 11. Good ways to make websites accessible to visually impairedpeople include: Use HTML <alt> Large Print Content and <longdesc> tags Alternative Text Descriptions for Audio Commentary complex graphics
    12. 12. Good ways to make websites accessible to visually impairedpeople include: Use HTML <alt> Large Print Content and <longdesc> tags Alternative Text Descriptions for Audio Commentary complex graphicsWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines, 1999. W3C
    13. 13. “How do I make my website accessible to somebody with a hearing ” impairment?
    14. 14. Deaf or hard of hearing people areoften excluded from many of the things we enjoy as hearing people
    15. 15. Good ways to make websites accessible to people with hearingimpairments include:
    16. 16. Good ways to make websites accessible to people with hearingimpairments include: Video Captioning
    17. 17. Good ways to make websites accessible to people with hearingimpairments include: Video Captioning Simple English
    18. 18. Good ways to make websites accessible to people with hearingimpairments include: Video Captioning Simple English BSL Interpretation
    19. 19. Good ways to make websites accessible to people with hearingimpairments include: Text-only Websites Video Captioning Simple English BSL Interpretation
    20. 20. Good ways to make websites accessible to people with hearingimpairments include: Text-only Websites Video Captioning Simple English BSL Interpretation Text Transcripts
    21. 21. Good ways to make websites accessible to people with hearingimpairments include: Text-only Websites Video Captioning Simple English BSL Interpretation Text TranscriptsWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines, 1999. W3C
    22. 22. People with hearing impairments often have British Sign Language as a first language and may not understandwritten English as well as everyone else
    23. 23. “ What about making my website accessible to people with other ” disabilities?
    24. 24. There are many other disabilities which restrict access to the Web in the same was as non-disabled people
    25. 25. Examples of other disabilities which restrict Web accessare:
    26. 26. Examples of other disabilities which restrict Web accessare: Parkinson’s Disease
    27. 27. Examples of other disabilities which restrict Web accessare: Parkinson’s Disease Cerebral Palsy
    28. 28. Examples of other disabilities which restrict Web accessare: Parkinson’s Disease Cerebral Palsy Epilepsy
    29. 29. Examples of other disabilities which restrict Web accessare: Motor-Neurone Diseases Parkinson’s Disease Cerebral Palsy Epilepsy
    30. 30. Examples of other disabilities which restrict Web accessare: Motor-Neurone Diseases Parkinson’s Disease Cerebral Palsy Epilepsy Speech impediments
    31. 31. Examples of other disabilities which restrict Web accessare: Motor-Neurone Diseases Parkinson’s Disease Cerebral Palsy Epilepsy Speech impedimentsIntroduction to Web Accessibility, 2005. W3C
    32. 32. It is important to ensure that yourwebsite is accessible to everyone
    33. 33. When designing a website, it is important to include testing foraccessibility. This may include:
    34. 34. When designing a website, it is important to include testing foraccessibility. This may include: Testing with Screen Readers
    35. 35. When designing a website, it is important to include testing foraccessibility. This may include: Testing with Screen Readers Disabled User Focus Groups
    36. 36. When designing a website, it is important to include testing foraccessibility. This may include: Testing with Screen Readers Disabled User Focus Groups Validating for Accessible Browsers e.g. WebbIE
    37. 37. When designing a website, it is important to include testing foraccessibility. This may include: Testing with Accessibility Testing with Plug-ins Screen Readers Disabled User Focus Groups Validating for Accessible Browsers e.g. WebbIE
    38. 38. When designing a website, it is important to include testing foraccessibility. This may include: Testing with Accessibility Testing with Plug-ins Screen Readers Disabled User Focus Groups Validating for Ensuring Appropriate Accessible Browsers Alternative Text e.g. WebbIE
    39. 39. When designing a website, it is important to include testing foraccessibility. This may include: Testing with Accessibility Testing with Plug-ins Screen Readers Disabled User Focus Groups Validating for Ensuring Appropriate Accessible Browsers Alternative Text e.g. WebbIEEssential Components of Web Accessibility, 2005. W3C
    40. 40. Some EU countries have ruled thatinternet access is a human right - soon this may apply to the EU as a whole
    41. 41. Some EU countries have ruled that internet access is a human right - soon this may apply to the EU as a whole“Internet access is ‘a fundamental right’”, BBC.
    42. 42. It is important to build a website which is accessible to all, as you and yourclient could face legal action if it is not
    43. 43. An accessible website is:
    44. 44. An accessible website is: Tested by its designer before release
    45. 45. An accessible website is: Tested by its designer before release One which provides alternative means of communicating its content
    46. 46. An accessible website is: Tested by its designer before release One which provides alternative means of communicating its content Well thought through and considerate to its users’ needs
    47. 47. An accessible website is: Accessible by people with Tested by its designer a wide range of disabilities before release One which provides alternative means of communicating its content Well thought through and considerate to its users’ needs
    48. 48. An accessible website is: Accessible by people with Tested by its designer a wide range of disabilities before release One which provides alternative means of communicating its content Well thought through and considerate to A legal requirement its users’ needs in most EU countries
    49. 49. BIBLIOGRAPHY- Disability and Discrimination Act 1995. Available from UK Parliament or The StatuteLaw Database (http://bit.ly/feBoUM)- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, 1999. W3C. Available at: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/ (Accessed January 26th 2011)- Introduction to Web Accessibility, 2005. W3C. Available at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/accessibility.php (Accessed January 27th 2011)- Essential Components of Web Accessibility, 2005. W3C. Available at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/components.php (Accessed January 24th 2011)- “Internet Access is ‘A Fundamental Right’”, 2010. BBC. Available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8548190.stm (Accessed January 26th 2011)

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