About The Workshop Presentation
Brian Kelly and Lawrie Phipps (TechDis)
gave a joint presentation on "A Holistic Approach To Web Accessibility" at
a workshop on "Assistive technology
Disabled people accessing digital services".
The workshop took place from 12:15-13:00 on 1st February 2005 in London and
was repeated on 28th February 2005 in Leeds.
The workshop is part of the
Framework for the Future Digital
Citizenship Workshop Series 2005.
- A Holistic Approach To Web Accessibility
- [HTML format] -
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format]
- Developing A Holistic Approach For E-Learning Accessibility
- Developing A Holistic
Approach For E-Learning Accessibility, Kelly, B., Phipps, L. and Swift, E.
Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2004, Vol. 30, Issue 3.
- Developing and Publicising a Workable Accessibility Strategy
- Developing and Publicising a Workable Accessibility Strategy,
Phipps, L., Harrison, S., Sloan, D. and Willder, B. Ariadne, Issue 38.
- How To Evaluate A Web Site's Accessibility Level
- Briefing 12
- Use of Automated Tools For Testing Web Site Accessibility
- Briefing 02
- Accessibility Testing In Web Browsers
- Briefing 57
- Compliance with HTML Standards
- Briefing 01
- Use Of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
- Briefing 34
- A URI Interface To Web Testing Tools
- Briefing 59
- Summary of the QA Focus Methodology
- Briefing 57
- Top 10 Quality Assurance Tips
- Briefing 37
- Implementing Your Own QA
- Briefing 58
Feedback From Discussion Groups
Brian led one of the discussion groups. Participants were asked to audit their
current position already underway, review plans for the future and list priorities
and concerns on barriers within the context of support for people with disabilities.
The following issues were raised.
There is much valuable work currently in progress amongst the participants.
The following concerns and challenges were identified:
- Resource issues: This included finding and training staff with
the required skills. It was felt that there was a need to ensure that support staff
have good people skills as well as the technical skills needs to advise patrons.
It was noted that technical support could be provided in several ways: by staff
employed by the library service; by support from council IT services departments or by
out-sourcing support work (which could include both profession IT organisations
and groups such as local disability charities, etc.)
- Environment: Sharing experiences concerning the layout of
PCs. For example, centralised location for PCs which can help peer-to-peer support,
etc. versus distributed locations, which may provide better privacy for patrons.
- Promotion of services: Strategies for promoting the services
to the community.
- Technical challenges: Such as reconciling the need to
allow users to create and store personal profiles and the use of software such as
DeepFreeze to manage the desktop environment.
- Security versus Publicity: Reconciling the conflicts
between making services openly available in order to encourage their use and
the need to prove a secure environment in order to avoid misuse, theft, etc.
It was felt important to continue the culture of sharing best practices
and advice across the community through participation in events such as this one,
mailing lists such as the lis-pub-libs JISCMail list, etc.
Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus, provides a Web advisory service to the UK
cultural heritage and higher and further education communities. Brian
works for UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information
management which is located at the University of Bath. UKOLN is funded
by MLA and the
JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee).
Brian became active in Web development in the early days of the Web, having
helped establish a Web site at the University of Leeds in January 1993. He
immediately saw the potential of the Web and became a early pioneer and advocate
of the Web. Brian joined UKOLN in 1996 and has been active in promoting use of
Web standards and best practices since then, initially within the higher and
further education communities, but now also to the cultural heritage sector.
The meeting on Tuesday 1st February 2005 was held in London at the
Engineering Employers Federation, Broadway House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NQ
(see Multimap or the
location details on the EEF Web site).
Note that 50 participants were booked on this workshop.