5th European eAccessibility Forum
Benefits and costs of e-accessibility

28/03/2011, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 - Paris, France

 
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Reducing costs throughout the production chain

Jean-Marie d'Amour (Longueuil, Quebec)
Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille
jean-marie.damour (at) rrsss16.gouv.qc.ca

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photo Jean-Marie d'Amour

With a Master in Education, it is in 1996 that J.-M. D'Amour discovers the web potential for blinds. He is the author of an handbook on JAWS and Windows-Eyes Computing et of an on-line training on e-Accessibility. After 10 years as an adapted computing trainer, J.-M. D'Amour is now working on accessibility in research and teaching fields.

 

Summary


Warning : The short papers of this conference have been prepared by BrailleNet who accept any responsibility for them. But presentation materials provided for download (full-papers or slides) have been provided by the authors themselves.

A key parameter of success in an accessible development project is its cost. The cost of a project as a whole but more specifically the cost of the accessibility oriented part of this project. Without neglecting accessibility objectives, it is important to minimize this part as much as possible in order to avoid a rejection of the accessibility project or its strict limitation. Being a new parameter on the Web, accessibility can’t hope to mobilize too much resources. Being, furthermore, mainly addressed to a minority of users, accessibility must justify its costs.

By looking at practical examples of projects (small or large size), it appears that costs reduction requires to take into account accessibility from the very beginning of the project conception. Choices made during the first stage of the project must be done carefully in order for the project to attain its objectives.

It is important that the decision-makers as well as the project manager and its team understand accessibility benefits and its methodological requirements, including an active and permanent participation to each stage of the decision process.

It matters as well that each key-actors are correctly trained, since more than one person must take care of it.

Finally, each actor responsibilities must be clearly defined and accessibility monitoring be integrated at each step of the project development in order to avoid costly retrofitting.

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