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Re: fyi:Fwd: Accessible Ranking of Web Sites, Survey Needs Participants

From: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 09:59:19 -0500
To: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Cc: wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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My thoughts:

Please make sure that the research design, observation, and results are 
separated by all the stake holders.  Namely; the way the study is 
conducted needs to be able to differentiate between the issues with the 
content itself, issues with the choice of browser, issues with the 
assistive technology utilized, and the level of training the user has had 
the internet in general, the browser and assistive technology, and common 
type of web sites. 

Studies like this are only useful is they help correctly identify the real 
source of the problem, not just describe the symptoms,  In other words, 
just ranking which sites are more accessible than others is NOT useful 
unless it answers the questions Why? and Who (developer, browser, AT, or 
end user) should best fix what to make it better.

Phill Jenkins
IBM Worldwide Accessibility Center

David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com> 
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08/31/2005 09:28 AM

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fyi:Fwd: Accessible Ranking of Web Sites, Survey Needs Participants

Thoughts anyone?

Jonnie Apple Seed
With his:
Hands-On Technolog(eye)s

Begin forwarded message:

From: Steve Pattison <srp@bigpond.net.au>
Date: August 31, 2005 9:45:51 AM EDT
To: Access L <access-l@icomm.ca>
Subject: Fwd: Accessible Ranking of Web Sites, Survey Needs Participants

To: nfbcs@nfbnet.org
From: David Andrews dandrews@visi.com


  My Name is Matthew Webb and I and a Student at Portsmouth 
University. I am
  doing a study into web page accessibility for blind people. A PhD 
  has conducted some research and devised some algorithms to rank web 
  I have implemented these algorithms, and created a search engine that
  ranks the results of a web search by how accessible they are.

  I require blind participants to take part in a trial of  the search 
  that has been created, to establish how useful it is for blind 
people. The
  participants will be asked to look at 3 sets of web pages generated 
by the
  different search engines, and then score each web page by how 
  they find it.

  Would it be possible for you to ask your members if they would like to
  participate, in this study.

  To take part please go click on the link below and follow the


  If you have any problems please email me.


  Matthew Webb

David Andrews and white cane Harry.

Regards Steve,
Email:  srp@bigpond.net.au
MSN Messenger:  internetuser383@hotmail.com
Skype:  steve1963

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