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Re: New: Perspectives on Accessibility

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 17:35:12 -0500
Message-ID: <4ADCE9A0.9080800@w3.org>
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
EOWG,

About the new Accessibility page at: http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility
there is the following comment to the WAI IG list:

"I like the discussion, we just need more pictures to explain it and not so much text.  
I was reviewing the site with a large retailer's Web development team and they immediately commented about how much TEXT was on the pages and they couldn't just get the jist by seeing the high-level picture first.  They told me its kind of like shopping - you want to know if you are looking for shoes or furniture - then drill down to the size and dimensions.  Maybe we could learn from retailers on how they "sell their stuff" -  which is one aspect of the business we are in - selling accessibility - so to speak."

Please comment on the WAI IG list or the EOWG list as appropriate.

Thanks,
~Shawn


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: New: Perspectives on Accessibility
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 17:32:04 -0500
From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
To: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
CC: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
References: <OFDE76118E.D650A528-ON86257654.005C39EC-86257654.005CF010@us.ibm.com>

Thanks for the feedback, Phill.

Of course it's easy to have relevant pictures for a shopping website. A high-level picture to convey the gist of web accessibility is challenging - especially when considering the range of disabilities and the approach that EOWG wanted to take with this page.

We'll talk about this some more in the WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG). Ideas welcome!

~Shawn



Phill Jenkins wrote:
> 
> OK,
> I like the discussion, we just need more pictures to explain it and not 
> so much text.  
> 
> I was reviewing the site with a large retailer's Web development team 
> and they immediately commented about how much TEXT was on the pages and 
> they couldn't just get the jist by seeing the high-level picture first. 
>  They told me its kind of like shopping - you want to know if you are 
> looking for shoes or furniture - then drill down to the size and 
> dimensions.  Maybe we could learn from retailers on how they "sell their 
> stuff" -  which is one aspect of the business we are in - selling 
> accessibility - so to speak.
> 
> Regards,
> Phill Jenkins,
> 
> 
> 
> *Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>*
> Sent by: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org
> 
> 10/14/2009 03:30 PM
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> 	WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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> 	New: Perspectives on Accessibility
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> Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,
> 
> Along with the redesigned W3C website, we have a new Accessibility page 
> that introduces the what, why, where, and how of web accessibility. Read 
> what it says about how the impact of disabilities can be radically 
> changed for people using the Web when websites, web technologies, and 
> web tools are properly designed. See:
>    Accessibility - W3C
>    http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility
> 
> Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid 
> cross-postings where possible.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> ~Shawn Lawton Henry
> WAI Outreach Coordinator, Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) Chair
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> 
> -----
> Shawn Lawton Henry
> W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
> e-mail: shawn@w3.org
> phone: +1.617.395.7664
> about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
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