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Re: Accessibility of Scottish Political Party web sites

From: J <j@simweed.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 23:02:27 +0100
Message-ID: <000701c30d08$b4d0fb40$662fc250@cslmthrfckrs01>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

On a similar vein, Sheffield piloted an e-voting site last year. Despite the
marvellous opportunity to help the disabled exercise their suffrage the site
was less than friendly for AT users. Would anyone care to critique this
year's attempt? www.votesheffield.com


----- Original Message -----
From: "David Sloan" <DSloan@computing.dundee.ac.uk>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2003 5:10 PM
Subject: Accessibility of Scottish Political Party web sites


>
> A review has just been completed of the accessibility of Scottish
political
> party web sites, and found that many disabled voters are likely to have
> significant difficulty accessing on-line policy and manifesto information,
> limiting their ability to use the web to help them make an informed choice
> when they vote.
>
> The 2003 election for the Scottish Parliament takes place on May 1st.
Recent
> UK legislation - the Representation of The People Act - has helped to
ensure
> that the process of voting will be more accessible than ever (for example
> through wheelchair-accessible polling stations, large print and Braille
> voting cards, and provision of assistance to help voters).
>
> What is disappointing is that parties seem to have failed so far to grasp
> the potential of the Web as an efficient way of making their policy and
> manifesto information easily available to the widest audience, regardless
of
> access needs.
>
> The report can be found at http://www.dmag.org.uk/election/
>
> David
>
> -------------------------------
> David Sloan
> Project Lead
> Digital Media Access Group
> Division of Applied Computing
> University of Dundee
> DUNDEE
> Scotland, UK
> DD1 4HN
>
> tel +44 (0)1382 345598
> fax +44 (0)1382 345509
> web: http://www.dmag.org.uk
> -----------------------------
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