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IWMW 2003: Web Accessibility debate (Brian Kelly, 2)

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Slides used by Brian Kelly in debate on "Web accessibility is difficult to implement" at the IWMW 2003 event held at the University of Kent on 11-13 June 2003.

See http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/workshops/webmaster-2003/debate/#debate-1

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IWMW 2003: Web Accessibility debate (Brian Kelly, 2)

  1. 1. 1 Is Web Accessibility Difficult? Creating An Institutional Web Policy Is Easy The Case For The Motion Brian Kelly UK Web Focus UKOLN B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk
  2. 2. 2 Nobody Said It Would Be Easy "Nobody said it would be easy" – Judy Brewer, head of W3C WAI Some thoughts: • There is a danger that seeking to achieve the best will drive out the good • If 100% accessibility is theoretically impossible and 90% accessibility is too expensive, why not go for 80% accessibility? • We've done this before in many areas (e.g. wheelchair accessibility for listed Victorian buildings)
  3. 3. 3 Let's Build A Policy (in 3 mins) Foo University Web Accessibility Policy: The University has a commitment to accessibility and well- established policies, procedures and support (see Disability Office for details). This commitment also applies to University Web sites. The University Web site must comply with W3C AA guidelines. The Web Accessibility Officer is responsible for providing support, monitoring compliance, … Web sites which do not comply are liable to be removed or access denied through blocking by the University firewall A simple, clear policy which is linked to related policies, has a support infrastructure and the policy has teeth But …
  4. 4. 4 Another Web Policy Bar University Web Accessibility Policy: The University has a commitment to accessibility … In addition the University seeks to ensure that its publications are authoritative understandable, usable, accurate & up-to- date. This commitment also applies to University Web sites. University Web sites (*.bar.ac.uk) must seek to comply with W3C A guidelines, with university visual identity guidelines and with usability guidelines. Departmental Web contacts are responsible for producing appropriate QA guidelines and for establishing monitoring procedures. Annual reports on compliance must be submitted as part of department's annual reports.
  5. 5. 5 A Third Web Policy FUBAR Department's Web Accessibility Policy: The FUBAR Dept has a commitment to Web accessibility and open standards. The Dept.'s browser policy if Netsoft v6 The Dept will ensure that its templates, training, etc. adhere to best W3C practices. Significant new Web services will go through systematic usability testing, which will include usability for people with disabilities. We will ensure that teaching resources to be used by registered disabled students will be tested. If they are not accessible we will seek to ensure that we can provide an equivalent real-world learning experience. We will take a risk and make our DHTML learning resources freely-available. If external disabled users complain, we will move them to our Intranet.
  6. 6. 6 Conclusions To conclude: • Creating the basics of a Web accessibility policy shouldn't be difficult • Remember we have a culture of sharing, so we can bounce ideas around • We don't need to solve all problems!
  7. 7. 7 Discussion We invite comments from the floor
  8. 8. 8 A New Motion The speakers wish to propose a composite motion: Although implementing Web accessibility in large institutions may be challenging the house believes that institutions should seek to address these challenges Although implementing Web accessibility in large institutions may be challenging the house believes that institutions should seek to address these challenges

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