ILI 2005 Conference - A Holistic Approach To Web Usability, Accessibility And Interoperability

The following workshop was given at the Internet Librarian International 2005 Conference to be held at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, on Sunday 9th October 2005.

Please note that three other contributions were given at the conference.

Workshop On 'A Holistic Approach To Web Usability, Accessibility And Interoperability'

A Holistic Approach To Web Usability, Accessibility And Interoperability
There can dangers that simplistic approaches to accessible Web design will fail to take into account wider usability issues, and vice versa. Similarly there can be dangers that addressing accessibility and usability issues can fail to technical interoperability factors.
This workshop aims to provide a holistic approach to Web usability, accessibility and interoperability issues. By the end of the workshop delegates will have gained a understanding of usability, accessibility and interoperability issues and of methodologies for developing accessible, usable and interoperable Web sites, even for those on limited budgets. Specific areas which will be addressed include WAI accessibility guidelines - their strengths and weaknesses; usability testing include use of multiple browsers and configurations, structured usability testing; and interoperability issues such as use of standards. A quality assurance framework will be described which can help to ensure that best practices are correctly implemented.
The workshop will consist of presentations and group discussions.
Delegates will receive a workshop pack containing the workshop materials.
The workshop facilitators, Brian Kelly from UKOLN and Lawrie Phipps from TechDis, are experienced presenters and have run many workshops on Web design, accessibility and interoperability issues throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.
Date And Time
The workshop was held on Sunday, 9th October 2005 from 14:00-17:00.


The draft timetable is given below:

Time Topic Summary
14:00-14:20 Introduction Brian Kelly will give an introduction to the workshop
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format] (4 slides)
14:20-14:40 Web Rage Lawrie Phipps will invite participants to describe examples of 'Web rage'
14:40-15:00 Tools That Can Help Brian Kelly will describe tools which can help identify problem areas
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format] (12 slides)
15:00-15:15 Accessibility And Usability Lawrie Phipps will provide a context to usability and accessibility
15:15-15:35 TEA
15:35-15:50 What About Interoperability? Brian Kelly will address the importance of interoperability
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format] (8 slides)
15:50-16:05 A Holistic Framework Brian Kelly will introduce the holistic approach which has been developed by UKOLN and TechDis
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format] (8 slides)
16:05-16:40 Applying The Holistic Framework Lawrie Phippps will describe how the holistic approach can be applied
16:40-17:00 Conclusions Workshop conclusions and general discussion



The following handouts are available which relate to the content of the workshop.