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Involve Users in Your Web Projects for Better, Easier Accessibility

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 09:19:58 -0600
Message-ID: <4B1FC01E.5010908@w3.org>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

Want to better understand accessibility issues and implement more effective accessibility solutions?
The W3C WAI Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) today published documents to help:
* Involving Users in Web Projects for Better, Easier Accessibility
  http://www.w3.org/WAI/users/involving
* Involving Users in Evaluating Web Accessibility
  http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/users

The documents provide guidance on including real users, covering:
* How involving users early helps
* Finding a range of users
* Working with users
* Analyzing accessibility issues
* Drawing conclusions and reporting
* Note for usability professionals
* Combining user involvement with standards

We encourage project managers, designers, and developers of the following to read these documents:
* websites and web applications
* browsers, media players, and assistive technologies
* authoring tools such as content management systems (CMS), blog software, and WYSIWYG editors
* standards and policies on accessibility
* web technologies and technical specifications

See also the blog post:
* Discover new ways of thinking about accessibility
  http://www.w3.org/QA/2009/12/discover_new_ways_of_thinking.html

These documents were developed and updated by Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) as part of the WAI-AGE Project. WAI-AGE is a European Commission IST Specific Support Action, with the goal of increasing accessibility of the Web for older people as well as for people with disabilities. See: http://www.w3.org/WAI/WAI-AGE/

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

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

Regards,
~Shawn Henry, W3C WAI, 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 Wednesday, 9 December 2009 15:20:01 GMT

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