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Access guidelines, training, planning in University

From: Jim Byrne <j.byrne@gcal.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 16:01:26 +0000
To: W3c_Access <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B8A161D5.EA6E%j.byrne@gcal.ac.uk>

I am looking for some thoughts about the following.

I have been promoting Web accessibility in my university for a number of
years and people have now started listening. Not only are they listening I
have been asked to say what needs to be done to ensure current and future
university Web sites are accessible.

This is looking to me like a major task involving at least some of the

* auditing sites, 
* providing training for Web designers and those updating sites,
* putting together style guides(?)
* advocating adoption of standards.

In common with other universities there are hundreds of individual campus
Web sites, for many different purposes; managed learning environments,
public relations, departmental and individual lecturers sites etc.
Prioritization is probably the key.

Has anyone on the list tackled such a job? Does anyone work within a
university where building accessible Web sites is the normal procedure. If
so can you tell me how you got to that point? What do your think needs to be
done? What should the first steps be? Should training be seen as a key part
of the strategy - or are guidelines enough?

Jim Byrne Project Director, The Making Connections Unit, Glasgow Caledonian
University, Glasgow G4 OBA, 0141 331 3893

Everything you need to know about publishing accessible information on the

Services: Website Accessibility Audits, Accessible Web design, Accessible
Website Management Training.

The Making Connections Unit: http://www.mcu.org.uk/
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