How the British Standards on Web Accessibility - BS 8878 - Can Help Your Website Appeal to Its Widest Possible Audience

A session at Technical Communication UK 2012

Tuesday 2nd October, 2012

2:30pm to 5:00pm (GMT)

Accessibility is all about checklists, HTML and assistive technologies. Its only impact on Technical Communications is to require words to be written in Plain English, even if the site’s primary audience are black, urban taggers who regularly reinvent the English language for their own needs and identity. Sometimes, you'd be forgiven for thinking that those two statements are true. Professor Jonathan Hassell has spent much of his last three years disproving them, both at the BBC and in other organisations, and coding how accessibility should be seen in the context of user-centred design into BS 8878. In this workshop, he'll show how BS 8878 provides a framework for helping web communications professionals embed accessibility considerations into their work and the work of the other members in a website production team, how it can empower and free them from onerous constraints, how it can challenge them to be more creative, and how the results can benefit all users, not just those with disabilities.

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Jonathan Hassell

Award-winning digital inclusion thought-leader & accessibility consultant. Lead-Author of BS8878. http://www.hassellinclusion.com

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Time 2:30pm5:00pm GMT

Date Tue 2nd October 2012

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