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

vivienne trulock vivienne at ilikecake.net
Wed Aug 23 08:12:13 IST 2006


Hello

I am teaching students web design & accessibility to diploma level.
They would benefit greatly from seeing real users using assistive
technology etc as this is an area I am unable to cover in class. Would
it be possible to bring them along? There are about 14/16 of them.

Vivienne

On 22/08/06, Mark Magennis <Mark.magennis at ncbi.ie> wrote:
> > I will admit that there is a part of me that would enjoy seeing a room
> > full of embarrassed webmasters
>
> The aim is not to embarrass them Brendan! I imagine that would be
> counterproductive. It's like the email I have received from time to
> time from people saying "I notice your website is completely
> inaccessible and total crap. I can fix it for you for a small fee".
> Even if I agreed with them, I certainly wouldn't be giving them my
> business! No, we want it to be a more of a cozy loved-up get together
> kind of thing.
> >
> > 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.
>
> Yes, but it is often more than just the webmaster who comes to these
> things. We invited a large semi state in the other day for one of our
> 'user experience' sessions. Three of them came along - the Corporate
> Affairs Manager, the Access Officer and a webmaster/developer.
> Anyway, I guess the point of having a number of different events is
> that the different events can be targeted at people in different
> positions.
>
> Mark
>
> >
> >
> >
> > 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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