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[Draft] Retrofitting Web Sites for Accessibility

Note: This document is a draft [see change log in progress] and should not be referenced or quoted under any circumstances. This document is under development by the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG), and will be offered to other W3C groups and the public for review.


Fixing the Cause of the Barriers

This section talks about repairing parts of the Web site that cause accessibility barriers rather than repairing the output these parts produce. This is typical for dynamically generated Web content but also applies to some static content (provided there is some sort of commonality in the development).

Settings and Configuration of Authoring Tools

Templates and Web Server Configuration

Enhancing and Upgrading Page Markup

Raising Awareness and Training Developers

Prioritizing Content for Repair

Accessibility Barriers with Higher Impact

Content that is Frequently Accessed

Content that has Significant Importance

Logical Groups of Related Resources

Evolving and Extending Accessibility Features

Once the most important barriers are removed, experienced developers (with respect to Web accessibility) may want to start thinking of enhancing the accessibility features on their Web site. This mainly includes implementing some of the WCAG checkpoint that have lower priority and possibly carrying out usability studies with disabled users. Mention the benefits of using advanced technologies such as XHTML, SVG, or advanced CSS features (Level 3?) that provide more possibilities to accommodate accessibility requirements.