[Irl-dean] U N e-accessibility Day, dec. 3rd

brendan spillane brendan at ilikecake.net
Fri Aug 18 15:15:19 IST 2006

>We can bring in a few web users with disabilities to demonstrate how
>they use the web with their assistive technologies and go through the
>webmasters' own sites with them.

I will admit that there is a part of me that would enjoy seeing a room
full of embarrassed webmasters, preferable the kind who don't thing
that accessibility is the way to go.

There is of course the problem that it is usually a manager further up
the chain that decides if the website is to be redeveloped, but that
is a fight for another day. Educating webmasters is certainly a great
first step.

On 18/08/06, Mark Magennis <Mark.magennis at ncbi.ie> wrote:
> On 15 Aug 2006, at 12:00, Eoin Campbell wrote:
> > What about an informal practical workshop focusing on Irish public
> > sector websites,
> > and how they might be improved. Invite webmasters to come along and
> > subject their own sites to
> > constructive criticism and suggestions.
> This is a great idea. How about giving it a "meet the users" slant.
> We can bring in a few web users with disabilities to demonstrate how
> they use the web with their assistive technologies and go through the
> webmasters' own sites with them. We've done this in CFIT and it's a
> great way of demystifying accessibility and getting people in touch
> with what it is all about on a practical level.
> On 17 Aug 2006, at 15:35, brendan spillane wrote:
> > I definitely thing this is a great idea, maybe split it up into
> > different levels of workshop.
> We could run a number of events at different locations aimed at
> different audiences. CFIT would be interested in running a "meet the
> users" day in our user testing facility. Donal could launch the new
> guidelines at the NDA. We could also run some kind of workshop in
> conjunction with the Irish Internet Association. I've spoken to
> Fergal O'Byrne in the IIA recently and he is very interested in
> running accessibility events. In particular, I would like to do an
> event about accessible IT procurement, although Donal will be
> launching the Procurement Toolkit as part of the new guidelines
> content. Maybe we could hold a procurement seminar at the NDA after
> the guidelines launch?
> Mark
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