http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/conferences/w4a-2008/. About This Paper: This paper builds on previous work on holistic approaches to Web accessibility. The need for a user-centred, rather than resource-centred, approach is described.
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About This Paper:
This paper builds on previous work on holistic approaches to Web accessibility.
The need for a user-centred, rather than resource-centred, approach is described.
Application of this approach in various contexts, including Web 2.0, is described.
One World, One Web ... But Great Diversity
University of Bath
Liddy Nevile, EA Draffan and Sotiris Fanou
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Paper argued need to focus on the accessibility of the learner’s needs, rather than the e-learning resources.
Developing A Holistic Approach For E-Learning Accessibility, Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2004, Kelly, B., Phipps, L and Swift, E. Vol. 30, Issue 3.
Forcing Standardization or Accommodating Diversity? A Framework for Applying the WCAG in the Real World, Kelly, B., Sloan, D., Phipps, L., Petrie, H. and Hamilton, F. W4A 2005
Contextual Web Accessibility - Maximizing the Benefit of Accessibility Guidelines. Sloan, D, Kelly, B., Heath, A., Petrie, H., Hamilton, F & Phipps, L. W4A 2006 Edinburgh, Scotland May 2006
What do you see? Is the answer to be found in the resource or in the reader’s interpretation ?
Accessibility 2.0: People, Policies and Processes. Kelly, B., Sloan, D., Brown, S., Seale, J, Petrie, H., Lauke, P. and Ball, S. W4A 2007
“However, we recognize that standards are slow, and technology evolves quickly in the commercial marketplace. Innovation brings new customers and solidifies relationships with existing customers; Web 2.0 innovations also bring new types of professionals to the field, ones who care about the new dynamic medium. As technologies prove themselves, standardizing brings in the universality of the benefit, but necessarily follows this innovation. Therefore, this paper acknowledges and respects Web 2.0, discussing the issues and real world solutions.”
Accessibility of Emerging Rich Web Technologies: Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web. Cooper, M. W4A 2007
“Do you think that this will be a really useful tool for people who are unable to get around, who have problems of mobility in real life?”
“Yes, because you can have friends without having to go out and physically find them”.
The danger is that organisations will ban SL as they feel if fails to comply with accessibility guidelines.
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