Tuesday 19th June, 2012
11:45am to 12:30pm
The University of Southampton embarked on an ambitious plan to investigate
the accessibility of not only their websites but also their in-house behind
the scenes intranets and other web based products. The Web4All project
aimed to encourage web site teams, developers, designers, content managers,
academics, and all those in communications, to work with available
accessibility and usability standards and guidelines such as W3C WCAG 2.0
and BS 8878. However it was found that just attempting to follow check
lists and procedures did not necessarily guarantee the main aim of making
web products "accessible, consistent, efficient and enjoyable to use."
Evaluations showed that recommendations contained 'within' the guidelines
and standards had to be better understood with the provision of initial
training, iterative web product testing, user participation and amendments
to both content and templates provided for the web products.
This talk will discuss the progress of the Web4All project, issues that
have arisen and some of the solutions developed over the past 2 years.
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