Web Accessibility: Putting People and Processes First
By Brian Kelly. E-Access Bulletin Live, May 29th, 2012. "For many web authors, developers and policy makers, the issue of accessibility to disabled people is addressed mainly by trying to ensure that their sites conform with the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) maintained by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium...
However, ... Are web developers and web authors who have embraced WCAG guidelines unknowingly creating barriers for people with disabilities?” This question could also be asked of government policy makers. There is a need for an alternative approach which caters for the limitations of policy based solely on WCAG conformance...""
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Last updated: 4 June 2012
Aversive Disablism, Web Accessibility and the Web Developer
Posted by Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) on 1 May 2012. "... My contribution will be to explore the question: 'are web developers and web authors who have embraced WCAG guidelines unknowingly creating barriers for people with disabilities'..."
Forcing Standardization or Accommodating Diversity? A Framework for Applying the WCAG in the Real World
by Brian Kelly, David Sloan, Lawrie Phipps, Helen Petrie, Fraser Hamilton. Paper was accepted by the International Cross-Disciplinary Workshop on Web Accessibility held in Chiba, near Tokyo, Japan on 20th May 2005. "Abstract: Since 1999 the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have provided a solid basis for implementation of accessible Web design. However it is argued that in the context of evaluation and policymaking, inappropriate reference to the WCAG may lead to serious practical difficulties in implementation and monitoring of an effective accessibility policy. There is a pressing need for a framework that guides appropriate application of the WCAG in a holistic way, taking into account the diversity - or homogeneity - of factors such as context of use, audience and audience capability, and access environment. In particular, the current promotion of W3C technologies at the expense of widely used and accessible proprietary technologies may be problematic, as is the apparent reliance of the WCAG on compliant browsing technology.
In this paper, a holistic application of the WCAG is proposed by the authors, whereby the context of the Web resource in question and other factors surrounding its use are used to shape an approach to accessible design. Its potential application in a real world environment is discussed..."