Juicy Studio has a high-level overview of the relationship between accessible markup and search engine optimisation.
Latest Accessibility News on Accessify
The presentation was based around a list of questions that Royal Blind Society’s
Adaptive Technology Consultants commonly ask when checking websites for accessibility.
The questions could also be used as an auditing tool for web designers and developers
to assess their sites for accessibility.
Presentation notes and further background information are now available.
Paging through Apple’s .Mac iTour, one wonders why all but one piece of text on the page is an image. Because of this, one wonders why nearly every image on the page is missing an
alt attribute. Apple’s product offering is showing a burgeoning support for other web standards; why is .Mac, a product created for the universal access of information, left out in the cold?
Mark Pilgrim on Gmail Accessibility
Mark Pilgrim has a long blog entry on the Accessibility of Google’s up and coming Gmail service.
DRC Response to Discussion on Accessify Forum
Malarkey from the forum recently identified the use of misguiding sales tactics to win Web Accessibility related business. I’m please to let you know that Mike Abbot took the initiative in letting the DRC know about it, who have now sent a response.
RNIB speaks out following DRC Report
News release: 81% of UK web sites failing disabled people - RNIB says make sites user-friendly
The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) is calling on businesses,
the Government and the web design industry to make their web sites
user-friendly for people with sight problems and other disabilities. The
call follows a report published 14 April 2004 which reveals that 81 per cent
of UK web sites fail to meet even the most basic accessibility requirements
for disabled people.
RNIB warmly welcomes the publication of the report by the Disability Rights
Commission (DRC) which highlights a need for more Government resource to be
directed towards initiatives that help businesses ensure their web sites are
usable by disabled people.
A DRC Investigation studied one thousand sites to arrive at a set of
recommendations on how web sites can be made easier for disabled people to
use. Fifteen recommendations have been published in the report of the DRC
Formal Investigation into Web Accessibility.
Julie Howell, Digital Policy Development Officer at RNIB, said: “Businesses
have a social responsibility as well as a legal duty to ensure that disabled
people can use their web sites. Add to this the compelling business case
(there are 8.7 million disabled people in the UK). The DRC findings would
indicate that there is a need for additional Government initiatives and
resources to make businesses aware of what they must do to reach disabled
The DRC recommendation that the Government should ‘facilitate the
establishment of a code of practice for accessible web site development’ is
being strongly endorsed by RNIB.
RNIB provides resources that help businesses develop an understanding of how
disabled customers can be reached:
- an online Web Access Centre packed with information and guidance
- a web site auditing service
- a consultancy service to help businesses tap into a market with a revenue
potential of £45bn per year
- RNIB’s ‘See it Right’ award, a symbol that indicates that a web site has
been designed to be usable by disabled people.
In response to the DRC report RNIB is announcing additional measures:
- a series of regional seminars for businesses that wish learn about web
accessibility policy, featuring practical demonstrations of the technology
blind and partially sighted people use to read web sites
- RNIB is investigating the feasibility of creating a ’social firm’ that
will provide web site developers with ready access to blind and partially
sighted people to feedback on web site designs.
Julie Howell added, “RNIB urges businesses to consider the practical
improvements that can be made to their web sites to ensure disabled people
can enjoy the same quality of experience on the web as everyone else.”
The report is available for download from the Disability Rights Commission web site at http://www.drc-gb.org/publicationsandreports/report.asp
A web cast of the launch event is available at http://www.drc-gb.org/webcast/
- RNIB helps people with sight problems to live full and independent lives.
We campaign to change society’s actions and assumptions so that people with
sight problems can enjoy the same rights, freedoms and responsibilities as
fully sighted people.
- If you or somebody you know has a sight problem RNIB can help. Call the
RNIB Helpline on 0845-766 9999.
- RNIB Web Access Centre provides the tools and resources needed to plan,
build and test accessible web sites: http://www.rnib.org.uk/webaccesscentre
- Enquiries about RNIB’s ‘See it Right’ award and web accessibility
consultancy services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Details of RNIB Web Accessibility Seminars will be released shortly.
- Further information about RNIB’s ‘Social Firm’ will be released later in
- RNIB’s Technology Helpline can be contacted at email@example.com.
- For more information about the DRC and the Formal Investigation into Web
Accessibility and copy of the report, contact Alyson Rose in the DRC press
office: 0207-543 7044 or Alyson.Rose@drc-gb.org.
More on the UK Disability Rights Commision Report
Also you can still go talk it over in the forum.
New on the DRC (Disbaility Rights Commision) Website
The DRC Website has a new toolkit for businesses minisite. Looking briskly through it Web Accessibility is specifically mentioned under the communication analysis section.
Web Accessibility: What’s the Next Step?
Sorry for the last minute notice, some details here of a Web Cast on Wednesday the 21st of April.
Please join the Disability Law Resource Project at ILRU for the Web cast on Web Accessibility: What’s the Next Step?
On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 the topic will be: “Taking Web Accessibility to the Next Level with an Internet Accessibility Rally (AIR) Program.”
The Web cast will run from 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, 12:00 Pacific, 11:00 Alaska, 9:00 a.m. Hawaii.
This Web cast will discuss the Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) program, the issues it addresses, how it meets community needs, current organizing efforts in Houston, and how you can bring the award-winning program to your city or region.
To link to the first Web cast and download accompanying materials visit:
Get a Good Feed
The topic of RSS feeds came up in conversation the other day, and it
prompted me to remind visitors to this site that there is an RSS feed
available right now (and has been for a long time). If you’re not
sure what this is all about, try the ‘Syndicate’ link and you’ll find
more information about how you can use this RSS feed. Enjoy!
British Standard for recommended best practices and use of accessibility metadata
Taken from Seb Schmoller’s monthly mailing.
BSI has set up a new panel to develop a new standard on e-learning accessibility. Andy Heath of Sheffield Hallam University has been appointed to convene the panel which will oversee the work. According to BSI, the first steps in this work will be to scope the project and prepare a proposal for consideration by BSI. To this end an open meeting is being held at Sheffield Hallam University on Monday 24 May at to begin work on the project. More details are contained in BSI’s summary [160 kB PDF].
Rich Media Accessibility
While searching for the correct media type for a PDF I came across the NCAM Rich Media Accessibility site which looks well built and seems to have a lot of useful information. Never did find the media type for PDF so if someone know please drop me a mail.