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RE: New: Perspectives on Accessibility

From: Laura Keen <lkee@loc.gov>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:48:15 -0400
Message-ID: <20091020T084815Z_B30900000000@loc.gov>
To: "John Foliot" <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, "'Phill Jenkins'" <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>, "'Roger Hudson'" <rhudson@usability.com.au>, "'WAI Interest Group'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

In my position as the UI/accessibility developer at the Library, I forward news and resource links about accessibility to my co-workers often.  Usually I get no response.  A good percentage of developers still think about accessibility as an after thought.  When I forwarded Roger's video I received enormous positive response from almost everyone I sent it to.  It allowed me to reinforce that accessibility is a requirement like an other that they may care about.



Laura Keen
Office of Strategic Initiatives
Library of Congress
202.707.4722 


>>> "John Foliot" <jfoliot@stanford.edu> 10/19/2009 11:46 PM >>>

Apologies for Top Posting

For what it's worth, I totally agree with both Phil and Roger.  Ensuring
engaging content for all users should be a firm goal - yes it is sometimes
more challenging, but think of it as showcasing that it *CAN* be done:
correctly, engagingly, and appealingly to all users.

I particularly like Roger's example of providing videos of users simply
interacting; a perfect opportunity to also demonstrate that captioning is
useful, achievable and affordable. We need to prove the theory and not
just teach or preach.

As Marshall McLuhan noted: "The medium is the message."

Cheers!

JF

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From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Roger Hudson
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 4:11 PM
To: 'Phill Jenkins'; 'WAI Interest Group'
Subject: RE: New: Perspectives on Accessibility

I agree the new look is better and easier to use, but like Phil I think it
would be good if it didn't rely so much on text.

Not only pictures I would like to suggest the use of videos and animation.
I can't believe how many people have contacted me about the video I did a
while ago showing Bruce Maguire using a refreshable Braille device
(http://www.dingoaccess.com/accessibility/refreshable-braille-and-the-web/

. Many people said they really liked seeing the Braille machine being used
for a real task like buying a book rather than only having someone just
demonstrating it. I am hoping to do something similar with a screen
magnifier in the near future and other ATs after that.

I think it would be great if the WAI site could have videos of people with
disabilities using the web for everyday things - shopping, playing online
games, booking tickets etc. Maybe also some videos of people struggling
with things like CAPTCHA or some of the new interactive social networking
sites/tools (or maybe not?)

Regards

Roger

Roger Hudson
Web Usability
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Email: rhudson@usability.com.au
Web: www.usability.com.au
Blog: www.dingoaccess.com  
 
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encounter with her uncle, Elliott Price.
http://www.dingoaccess.com/freezer/freezer-ep-31-dinner-with-uncle-elliott

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From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Phill Jenkins
Sent: Tuesday, 20 October 2009 3:55 AM
To: WAI Interest Group
Subject: Re: New: Perspectives on Accessibility


OK,
I like the discussion, we just need more pictures to explain it and not so
much text.  

I was reviewing the site with a large retailer's Web development team and
they immediately commented about how much TEXT was on the pages and they
couldn't just get the jist by seeing the high-level picture first.  They
told me its kind of like shopping - you want to know if you are looking
for shoes or furniture - then drill down to the size and dimensions.
 Maybe we could learn from retailers on how they "sell their stuff" -
 which is one aspect of the business we are in - selling accessibility -
so to speak.

Regards,
Phill Jenkins,

Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Sent by: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org
10/14/2009 03:30 PM
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WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Subject
New: Perspectives on Accessibility







Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

Along with the redesigned W3C website, we have a new Accessibility page
that introduces the what, why, where, and how of web accessibility. Read
what it says about how the impact of disabilities can be radically changed
for people using the Web when websites, web technologies, and web tools
are properly designed. See:
   Accessibility - W3C
   http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility


Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid
cross-postings where possible.

Regards,

~Shawn Lawton Henry
WAI Outreach Coordinator, Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG)
Chair


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Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
Received on Tuesday, 20 October 2009 12:49:47 GMT

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