New guidelines boost web access http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7789622.stm.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced a new standard to make sites more accessible to older and disabled people.
Version 2.0 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) will apply to text, images, audio and video. It also covers web applications and is said to give developers more flexibility than the old guidelines. According to the consortium, WCAG 2.0 should also be easier to understand and use. The guidance is designed to address barriers encountered by people with visual, hearing, physical, cognitive and neurological disabilities and older people with access needs.
WCAG 2.0 explains how to make content:
- Perceivable – including descriptive text for images, audio captions, flexibility of layout and color contrast
- Operable – making sites usable with keyboards and improving navigation
- Understandable – making content easier to read and input more logical
- Robust – ensuring that content and applications are compatible with assistive technology such as screen readers and magnifiers
The videos are very interesting as they show how people with different types of disabilites navigate the sites we build, along with the issues they have trying to access information.
Video 1 (Shopping online for blind people)
Video 2 (How dyslexia affects e-shopping)
Video 3 (How limb pain limits web surfing)