Archived Web Design Contests
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Maintained by: Marja-Riitta Koivunen & Jim
Last updated January 7, 2000
The goal of this page is to help people who are planning to organize a
contest where Web pages are evaluated and one criteria is the accessibility of
the pages. Interesting information is for example:
- evaluation criteria used
- how the WCAG were used as part of the criteria
- who was doing the evaluation
- was there user evaluation included
- who nominated the pages - how to prevent too few or too many
- good ways for preliminary filtering of the sites
- how to give benefit to sites with more multimedia i.e. sites that are
more difficult to make accessible
The rest of the page will contain discussions of some good ideas, possible
tools that can be used, for instance, to help the evaluation or for
preliminary filtering of the pages. Last, there is a list of sample contests
and a brief explanation of how they were implemented.
Here are some ideas that may help the organizing and the evaluating of a
- 1. Provide evaluation sheet when submitting a page
- When a Web page or site is submitted to the contest we could have a
Web form that also gathers the accessibility information seen from the
submitter's point of view. We will need space for free form comments and
questionmark when something is not clear. (This info might even be a
part to the evaluation criteria if it is the page designer who submits
the page.) Submittable Web form for WCAG
checklist is needed as a tool.
All the tools
evaluating accessibility may help. Most interesting issue here is how to use
them to help the evaluation or preliminary filtering of pages. Also tool ideas
for contest use are needed.
- 1. Web form for WCAG checklist
- We could have a Web form or a toolkit for creating a Web form for the
WCAG checklist so that it is easy to submit an evaluation of a page.
This will most probably be needed for the Gallery anyway.
- 2. List of tools
- Bobby, html validator, lynx, HTR, pwWebSpeak,
Sample Contests with Accessibility Criteria
- AIR-Austin, Texas (Jim
- AIR is an annual event in which members of the high tech community
compete to build accessible web sites for local nonprofit organizations.
This year (1999), more than 175 people on 22 teams participated in
AIR-Austin, the annual web competition sponsored by IBM, Powershift
Group, Infotec, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, and Applied Materials.
AIR-Austin pairs non-profit organizations with web design houses to work
collaboratively develop new or redesign existing sites in a friendly
competitive contest. Points are awarded for accessibility (52%),
functionality, appropriateness, and aesthetics. Awards are publicly
presented at the annual ChariTech convention.
- Link explaining how evaluation was done.
- Det Gyldne @, Denmark
- The award is related to a conference on accessible web-design held on November
10. 1999 in Copenhagen. During February 2000 a working group of
experts and users are evaluating the accessibility of the websites of
100 big danish corporations. The corporations are divided into 10
The basis for the examination is the guidelines on accessible Web
Content from the W3C "Web Accessibility Initiative". In addition, the
websites are rated on a 1-5 scale by blind and low vision users. The
practical testing is being done using the screenreader (JAWS) and
speech-synthesis on one hand and a screen-magnification program (ZOOMTEXT) on the
List of Design Contests
AIR-Austin Texas (Jim
Det Gyldne @,
Denmark (Frans Storr-Hansen)
Awards, best newspaper online awards (Rob)
Masters of The Web Contest (Caryn
Math Web Site
Design Contest, criteria (Rob)
Sidar Awards, Spain (Charles may have a link)
The Webby Awards, criteria (Rob)
Web Awards for Web
Marketing Association (Rob)
Websites, criteria (Kathleen)
Accessibility Internet Rally - Dallas - Fort Worth