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Accessibility for project managers

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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” :

http://www.cli.nsw.edu.au/optionkeys/guidelines/plan.htm  .

Other accessibility information and reviews are also available at Andrew Downie’s Accessibility Blog: http://accessiblecli.wordpress.com/ .


Written by Evan Bailey

October 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

WCAG2 notes updating – PDFs and accessibility

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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

Written by Evan Bailey

June 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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Accessibility standards and Government 2.0 — adulterated?

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The Commonwealth Government’s Govt 2 task force produced a report, called Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0   http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/gov20taskforcereport/index.html , which was published by the Chairman, Nicholas Gruen, on 22 December 2009.

The recommendations on Accessibility could be read IMHO to water down the normal mandatory requirements to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.  
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Written by Evan Bailey

April 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm

WCAG2 is here for Australia — don’t panic.

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Yesterday, the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Bill Shorten, said the Commonwealth Government had endorsed new website accessibility standards, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
The new standard replaces WCAG 1.0, which has been in operation since 2000. Transition arrangements will be announced soon.
The AFLF e-standards Expert Group have already produced a report from Roger Hudson of Webusability on ‘WCAG2 evaluation for the VET sector’, which reports on the key differences and implications for Vocational Education and Training in Australia from the introduction of WCAG2.

See also Roger Hudson’s blog
http://www.dingoaccess.com/accessibility/wcag-2-dont-panic/ for more detail.

Written by Evan Bailey

February 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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WCAG2 Accessibility update

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A very good update on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines ver 2 — affectionately known as ‘WCAG2’ — has been provided by Kristina Gladman, see:
http://blog.linkaffiliates.net.au/2010/02/04/becoming-clear-changes-forecast-for-australian-web-accessibility-requirements/#more-422 .
Apologies for cross-posting but this is an excellent summary of the state of play in Australia.

Written by Evan Bailey

February 23, 2010 at 5:18 am

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