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We had our first IACG meeting recently, after our break from the summer. It reminded me yet again how interesting I find this web-mapping accessibility “problem” AND the fact that other people find it interesting too!

Two different groups gave presentations on the status of the web-mapping accessibility solution in their groups. It was nice to see that we are all basically on the same track. It was also clear that some departments have certain areas of strength and expertise that will definitely be helpful to draw upon.

We are splitting up into three different task forces to address specific problems regarding web-mapping accessibility:

  1. To establish a set of best practices associated with developing accessible interfaces that deliver web-mapping for use on the World Wide Web.
  2. To establish a set of best practices associated with the accessible description of map content delivered for use on the World Wide Web.
  3. To provide a consultative forum for the federal geomatics community on accessible web-mapping issues.

I’ll be giving a presentation at next month’s meeting to share what EC has done with our web-mapping applications. Everyone seemed very interested in my research at uoft, so I will present that next month as well. It will give me a chance to strengthen my presentation skills…not something I enjoy flexing. I do think that the committee will take a lot from it, and probably contribute greatly as they are all the subject matter experts from various government agencies.