HCW Lab Contributing To The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)Published: Monday, 23 March 2009
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Members of the HCW are active members of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). This group is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.
Simon Harper is a member of the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG). The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines explain to user agent developers how to make their products more accessible to people with disabilities and for increasing usability for all users. This includes defining how browsers, media players, and other "user agents" should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies.
Yeliz Yesilada contributes to both the Education & Outreach Working Group (EOWG) and the Web Content Accessibility & Mobile Web Group. The Education & Outreach Working Group develops strategies and materials to increase awareness among the Web community of the need for Web accessibility and to educate the Web community regarding solutions to Web accessibility. This includes developing strategies, and awareness and training resources, to educate a variety of audiences regarding the need for Web accessibility and approaches to implementing Web accessibility.
The Web Content Accessibility & Mobile Web Group looks into making a Web site accessible both for people with disabilities and for mobile devices. Users of mobile devices and people with disabilities experience similar barriers when interacting with Web content. By understanding the overlap between the two the business case for adopting Web Accessibility and Mobile Web Guidelines strengthens.
Darren Lunn participates in the Web Accessibility Initiative: Ageing Education and Harmonisation Group. This is a European Commission 6th Framework Project with the goal of increasing accessibility of the Web for the elderly as well as for people with disabilities. The group seeks to inform the development of extensions on WAI guidelines and supplemental educational materials which can better promote and meet the needs of people who have accessibility needs related to ageing. This includes providing educational resources focused towards industry implementers, including developers of mainstream technologies, assistive technologies, and Web designers and developers.