Archive for the ‘Standards’ Category
There is a very good description of this process and summary of actions at:
http://www.spotlessinteractive.com/articles/accessibility/accessibility-for-project-managers.php from a UK group, Spotless Interactive.
This is a major issue for developers of learning resources, and this summary provides many good points about planning for accessibility in projects. A subsequent article promises to look at the role of Information Architect in producing accessible websites.
Similar points about project management are made in the OptionKeys accessibility website at: http://www.cli.nsw.edu.au/optionkeys/ , especially under “Guidelines: Plan for accessibility” :
Other accessibility information and reviews are also available at Andrew Downie’s Accessibility Blog: http://accessiblecli.wordpress.com/ .
The W3C WAI has announced a Call for Review of updates to two supporting documents for Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0. Note that this is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document, see: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/ .
The supporting documents (W3C Notes) are very useful and practical documents which are updated periodically to reflect current practices and technologies. These draft updates include addition of techniques to help make PDFs more accessible.
The draft updates are available for review as Editors’ Drafts, and the changes are highlighted in tracked-changed versions at:
• Techniques for WCAG 2.0 Editors’ Draft : http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/2011/WD-WCAG20-TECHS-20110621/complete-diff.html
• Understanding WCAG 2.0 Editors’ Draft : http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/2011/WD-UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20-20110621/complete-diff.html
If you are interested in this topic see also an item about PDFs on the Accessibility blog by Andrew Downie at: http://accessiblecli.wordpress.com/latest-news-2/#pdftechniques
This report Mobile Touch: a guide to implementing e-learning in your organisation is available at http://trainingo2.net/eli/10164/SUQ%20Mobile%20Touch%20Case%20Study.pdf .
It is aimed at Vocational Education trainers, but also has generic standards information. It includes best practice recommendations and technical considerations. Useful standards information includes HTML5, and its improved mobile video format (p16). Issues discussed include screen size for mobiles; various mobile browsers and operating systems.
The report appears to have been completed in late 2010, but content and links are still relevant.
This paper [PDF 5p] from Link Affiliates describes how ‘technical standards enable an education delivery scenario that would not have been possible a few years ago’. The paper provides examples of how Australian involvement in technical standards has been directly beneficial to Australian education initiatives. The paper comes from a DEEWR-funded ‘Technical Standards for Digital Education’ project which reported earlier in 2010. Irvin Flack and Evan Bailey were among the representatives from CLI.