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Re: Accessible web content services.

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.ac.be>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 09:32:11 +0200
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At 21:14 28/07/2004, Tina Holmboe wrote:
>   The GAWDS state as one of
>   their goals:
>    "To promote the use of web standards and encourage their adoption."
>   For creating accessible websides we have a standard; or as close as
>   one as makes no practical difference: WCAG 1.0. Selecting which bits
>   and pieces to use based on a local idea of "where appropriate" is
>   fine; but then the standard isn't followed.

We do not only need a standard such as WCAG, we also need harmonisation
of the methods used to evaluate Web accessibility.

>   Hard-headed and inflexible ? No, not really. GAWDS are free to take
>   whichever pieces of the WCAG they wish and apply those to their site;
>   but perhaps they then shouldn't work for standards adoption.
>   This all said, what bothers me more is what I found on
>   http://www.gawds.org/show.php?contentid=58
>   The need for a trusted "root" is still present.

I think setting up such an organisation is one of the eams of the
SUPPORT-EAM project of the EuroAccessibility consortium.
On <http://www.euroaccessibility.org/project_summary.php>, they state
as one of their goals:
"Setting up an European Authority and accredited regional helpdesks in Europe,
in co-operation with the EdeAN network."
On of their other goals is "Harmonising of the methodologies for
evaluating Web Accessibility (single-site or large-scale)".
As far as I know, the project starts in September or October,
so they can't yet provide a list of "reputable" people.



>  -    Tina Holmboe                    Greytower Technologies
>    tina@greytower.net                http://www.greytower.net/
>    [+46] 0708 557 905

Christophe Strobbe
K.U.Leuven - Departement of Electrical Engineering - Research Group 
on  Document Architectures
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Received on Thursday, 29 July 2004 03:48:12 UTC

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