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practical and easy accessibility resources

From: Catherine Roy <ecrire@catherine-roy.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:12:03 -0500
Message-ID: <511BD773.2000706@catherine-roy.net>
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi all,

Next February 23rd is International Open Data Day 
(http://opendataday.org/) and we are having a big hackothon in Montreal 
to celebrate. This is not a disability related event but a mainstream 
codefest where people of various sectors, mostly developers, interested 
in open data will spend the day creating or further developping 
applications using open data, mostly provided by the city of Montreal.

So for example, it could be an app enabling citizens to consult which 
skating rinks are open on a given week-end or one that gives citizens an 
opportunity to provide input on how the budget should be spent on 
publics services in their burrough, etc. While many will be web apps, I 
suspect a fair amount will be mobile apps as well. Most of the people 
there will have only a marginal awarness of accessibility, if any. 
Obviously, my interest in this context is to try to get the developpers 
to at least consider making their app with basic accessibility and 
considering the context, this will be a challenge.

I am not sure yet if I will be able to attend but either way, I would 
like to dissimenate some accessibility resources within the local open 
data community ahead of time. So I would appreciate suggestions that are 
practical and easy, resources that will give the basics, practical 
things that are quick to consult, easy to understand and fairly easy to 
implement in the kind of context we are talking about. I will include a 
few of the introductory material available on the WAI site but hopefully 
there is more out there and I would love to hear about your favourites. 
Your input is welcomed and you may reply off-list if you prefer.

Finally, if you are aware of any local events organised in your part of 
the world for Open Data Day, I invite you to reach out to the organisers 
and the communities to help make the citizen applications, many of which 
are usually quite awesome, accessible to all.



Catherine Roy
Received on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 18:12:35 UTC

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