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Accessibility early & often [was: 3 comments on Conformance Evaluation Methodology]

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:45:26 -0500
Message-ID: <50859446.4000302@w3.org>
To: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>, "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
CC: public-wai-evaltf@w3.org
Phill wrote:
... one are that is not cover with the methodology and not in the additional resources is doing an 'accessibility evaluation during the design phase' (not just during development) but actually evaluating wireframes, visual mock-ups, information architecture, and design choices where there may or may not be any code running in a browser yet. Another area NOT covered is doing an 'accessibility evaluation on implementation choices', where various UI tool kits (e.g. jQuery, Dojo, etc.), custom widgets, template layouts, and basic HTML choices are evaluated BEFORE implementation begins.  This is often a very useful step when doing a 're-design' of an existing website.

Hi Phill,

EOWG is exploring providing such a resource. Initial notes, including links to related information already on the WAI site, is at: <http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/wiki/Eval_in_process>

We plan to work on that over the next few weeks and appreciate comments at any time.


Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
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Received on Monday, 22 October 2012 18:45:36 UTC

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