Looking To The Future: Web Accessibility, Ageing, and Emerging Web Trends

Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C/WAI
Sophia-Antipolis, France

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Hypothesis #1

The Web is becoming increasingly ubiquitous:

Hypothesis #2

The Web is becoming increasingly complex:

Hypothesis #3

The Web is becoming increasingly essential:

Accessibility Challenges

Example: Blog Tools

Blog software is essentially an authoring tool

The Problem is...

Opportunity: Business Case

Added benefits of implementing accessibility is a better reach to:

(there are many other benefits too)

Mobile Web Users

WCAG - MWBP Overlap

If you have already implemented...

Elderly Web Users

WAI-AGE Project

Objectives of the project:

Literature Review

Over 100 scientific papers and articles reviewed:

Finding #1

Many requirements are indeed similar:

Finding #2

Many requirements are general usability:

Finding #3

Some requirements could be enhancements:

Finding #4

Some requirements are more common:

Potential Results

Literature review could contribute to the discussion of:


When surfers become authors and designers:

Before I close...

More information on the WAI-AGE Project:

Thank You!

Shadi Abou-Zahra
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)