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IWA Italy Accessibility Project

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 08:37:08 -0700
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 From the IWA-HWG Newsletter; can be freely distributed.


New IWA Italy Activity Spotlights European Accessibility

IWA Italy (<http://www.iwa-italy.org>http://www.iwa-italy.org), the 
Italian chapter of the IWA-HWG under the leadership of Roberto Scano, 
has launched a new project to support the W3C's Recommendations and 
the Web Accessibility Initiative's Guidelines for Web Content 
Accessibility (<http://www.w3.org/WAI>http://www.w3.org/WAI). 
Coordinated by Miss Patrizia Bertini and with the support of key 
Italian accessibility resources such as Bazzmann.com, IWA Italy has 
formed a working group to create a new Web site, 
<http://www.webaccessibile.org>www.webaccessibile.org, that will be 
the starting point for Web accessibility information in Italian.

The webaccessibile.org site will support IWA members in meeting the 
Triple-AAA level of accessibility according to the W3C's Web Content 
Accessibility Guidelines, as measured by accessibility tools such as 
Bobby (<http://www.cast.org/bobby/>http://www.cast.org/bobby/). The 
Italian chapter, supported by Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, will also 
promote a new tool for testing accessibility, called Torquemada 
that can be used for free international testing of Web sites' 

The success of webaccessibile.org will also support the creation of 
an international version at 
<http://www.webaccessible.org>www.webaccessible.org coordinated by 
Kynn Bartlett through the IWA-HWG AWARE Center. The AWARE Center will 
also be working with other accessibility groups and agencies on the 
creation of a Web accessibility syllabus and other standards for Web 
accessibility education.

IWA Italy members are working to support the Italian Public 
Administration in the creation of accessible Web sites: one of the 
first regional government sites in Europe to reach level Triple-AAA 
of accessibility will be the Regione Veneto site, created by IWA 
Italy members.

On 21 June 2002, IWA Italy held a meeting in Bologna to discuss 
accessibility and standards 
and will be presenting a workshop at an upcoming important even in 
Italy, Webbit 02 

Accessibility is becoming very important for all Webmasters in Europe 
and elsewhere, especially for government and other public sites, and 
IWA-HWG is working to support our members in following the W3C's Web 
Accessibility Initiative guidelines and the HTML, XHTML, XML and CSS 

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                 http://kynn.com
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