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4th European eAccessibility Forum

eAccessibility of Public Services in Europe

12/04/2010, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - Paris, France

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Keynote Speech : W3C/WAI Standards for Creating and Displaying Web Content

Jeanne SPELLMAN (Boston (USA))
W3C/WAI - Web Accessibility Initiative

Speaker's information

photo de Jeanne Spellman

W3C/WAI Staff Contact for the Authoring Tool and User Agent working groups.



Accessible web content is one part of building a more accessible Web. A majority of people producing web content today do not understand or are even aware of accessibility needs. To address the challenges of web accessibility in the era of blogging and social networks, the software that produces web content and the browsers that display web content must be made more accessible. Learn how the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines for authoring tools, browsers, and media players work with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the features necessary to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, and impact of the WAI guidelines on the way software is developed and purchased.

People with disabilities produce web content and need to fully participate in the interactive Web with blogs, wikis, web development suites, and social networking sites. The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) specify how authoring tools (software that produce web content) can be made accessible so that people with disabilities can use them. ATAG also specifies how authoring tools must support the production of accessible web content. This enables authors who have little to no knowledge of accessibility to produce more accessible web content. Improvements in the current working draft of ATAG 2.0 include: choosing the most accessible base technology, providing accessible templates, accessible auto-generated content, guidance to authors making accessibility choices, and accessibility checking and repair functions. Learn how to look for these features in the tools that your organization develops or purchases and how these features apply to your in-house content management system (CMS) or other authoring tools.

Some barriers that people with disabilities encounter on the Web could be solved by greater communication between the browser and the assistive technology, or by additional features in the browser supporting specific accessibility features. The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) is another W3C/WAI specification that explains how browsers, media players and other user agent software can be made more accessible to people with disabilities and work more harmoniously with other assistive technologies. Improvements in the newest working draft of UAAG 2.0 include: improved interaction with assistive technology, greater keyboard control, speech input support, and control of video/media players. Learn the features to look for in a more accessible browser or media player, and how you can advocate for greater accessibility in the browsers and players you and your organization use.

Video of the keynote by Jeanne Spellman (on DailyMotion)

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