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The Disability Information Portal (DIP) is a Web 2.0 site for disabled people, developed by Leonard Cheshire Disability. Through the site, users can create and share content, tag content and network. This session explained how the site was been developed and, in particular, the accessibility issues that have had to be overcome.
by Mike Davies, Kath Moonan, Julie Howell, Dr. Panayiotis Zaphiris and Bim Egan
Our panel will feature speakers from throughout the day and experts such as Mike Davies (Yahoo), Bim Egan (RNIB), Jonathan Hassell (BBC), Kath Moonan (AbilityNet) and Dr Panayiotis Zaphiris (City University).
Christian outlined some of the technological solutions companies find for accessibility matters. He also explained how they constitute a mixture of cheating yourself and positive discrimination and what really brings more accessibility to your solutions.
by Jeremy Keith
There is a growing trend towards open data. The idea of information being stored at a single resource is eroding. Instead, the data we publish is increasingly portable and subscribable. This bodes well for accessibility (and more broadly, universality). Instead of relying on individual points of publishing that can so easily become bottlenecks to accessibility, the Web is turning into a sea of information with the same data available in multiple formats or mashed up in unexpected ways. Information wants to be free ...and anthropomorphised. Is this a utopian vision of power to the people or is this the inevitable result of network effects?
by Antonia Hyde
Rich media content, such as audio and video, has become an increasingly important part of Web 2.0. Antonia demonstrated how rich media can enhance understanding and the user experience for people with learning disabilities, if it's presented in an accessible way.
Ian Forrester from BBC gave us an overview of some of the current trends and new technologies that encompass Web 2.0. From mash ups to API's Ian will be choosing the apps and tools he thinks we should watch for and those which should be currently avoided. Sadly we had to cut this presentation short
One of the greatest challenges facing web application owners is how to encourage users to create accessible content. This presentation outlined some of the issues and emerging solutions.
25th April 2008