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Trip report - WebXTutti, Italy

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2002 12:45:37 -0400 (EDT)
To: WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Dear all,

I spoke at the WebxTutti (Web for All) conference in Italy last week, and
thought I would send my trip report here.

This is a personal impression, not a formal report.

The event was well-organised - instead of the anticipated 100 people there
were over 200 in the audience. The event was hosted by the Ministry for
Communication in Rome, was free, and was advertised as providing a full day
of presentations on accessibility. The conference was in Italian, as is the
Web site launched there - http://www.webxtutti.it - which is good news for
the Italian speakers of the world...

The presentations were of a high quality, covering a good range of important
topics. Particular personal highlights included:

 "No Accessibilty without Usability" Because that seems to me such an
important idea. I don't believe that accessibility guidelines can be replaced
by user testing for most people, because most developers cannot afford the
time or money to find a test audience covering the huge range of users they
are trying to cater for, and then do their own interpretation of their

 A presentation on (among other things) the XML Accessibility Guidelines -
http://www.w3.org/TR/XAG - which is a document I intend to produce an updated
draft of shortly.

 Several presentations on assessing accessibility of different sites using a
combination of methods including automatic testing and user testing.

 The announcement of "Torquemada" - http://www.webxtutti.it/testa.htm -an
online accessibility testing tool (downloadable version promised soon) in

Presentations are available from the site - http://www.webxtutti.it/convegno.htm
- although mostly in Powerpoint or Word format.

Thanks to the organisers of the conference.


Charles McCN

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