Web Accessibility Guidance, Evaluation Methodologies, and Research Explorations

Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C/WAI

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Web Accessibility Initiative - Cooperation Framework for Guidance on Advanced Technologies, Evaluation Methodologies, and Research Agenda Setting to Support eAccessibility (WAI-ACT)
European Commission Support Action Project, 7th Framework Programme:

Project Objectives

WAI-ACT builds on and extends WAI processes to address the following needs:

Expanded Cooperation

Expanded cooperation in Europe and internationally on the development of accessibility solutions:

Accessibility Guidance

Authoritative guidance on the implementation of accessibility in advanced web technologies:

Harmonized Methods

Internationally harmonized methodologies to support evaluation of websites for accessibility:

Research Coordination

Common visions and contribution to a coordinated eAccessibility research agenda:

Project Highlights

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Accessibility Support

Goal: To provide a public repository of information on accessibility support in web technologies

Status: Infrastructure in active development

Application Notes

Goal: To provide authoritative guidance to support web accessibility implementators

Status: Active discussions and planning in the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG)

Workshop on Adoption

Goal: To hold a W3C Workshop on Referencing and Adopting WCAG 2.0 in Practice

Status: Exploring potential venues

Website Evaluation

Goal: To develop and internationally harmonized website accessibility evaluation methodology

Status: Active development in the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force (Eval TF)

Research Topics

Goal: To develop and annotated catalogue of eAccessibility research topics and resources

Status: Active development in the Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)

Research Explorations

Goal: To hold regular teleconference seminars to explore eAccessibility research topics

Status: Agenda, registration, and logistics available on the symposium website

Thank You

Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C/WAI
Activity Lead, WAI International Program Office

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