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Relationship Between Web Accessibility and Usability

From: Suzette Keith <S.Keith@mdx.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 19:00:22 +0000
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>, public-wai-age@w3.org
Cc: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Message-id: <45272C367897174E94DEE1D40C5F0CA709B9917B@MDX-CLX-DC1.uni.mdx.ac.uk>
Dear EOWG and WAI-AGE

The ISO series covering usability includes ISO 13407 which is being redrafted as ISO 9241-210 Human-centred design for interactive systems - the draft is available for 10[1]. It makes significant references to accessibility.

There are also 3 new ones from the 9241 series which cover various aspects of accessibility published last year:
ISO 9241-20:2008 Accessibility guidelines for information/communication technology (ICT) equipment and services.
ISO 9241-171:2008   Guidance on software accessibility
ISO 9241-151:2008  Guidance on World Wide Web user interfaces

They may be helpful on giving the outside perspective on the relationship between usability and accessibility and opportunities for harmonisation.

Hope this helps
Suzette

[1]http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/ProductDetail/?pid=000000000030186636
Received on Thursday, 29 October 2009 19:01:36 GMT

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