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Web Accessibility: A Broader View

John T. Richards & Vicki L. Hanson

The authors state that although accessibility standards and guidelines have been formally introduced, agencies other than governments are unlikely to follow them due to high costs and time with little added benefits.  With an application originally intended for older adults, they integrate a settings option directly into the users browser.  It offers accessibility options already available in many operating systems and browsers but without having to dig through menus and dialog boxes to find them.

Tests show that not just senior citizens can benefit from these various settings, and accessibility becomes more about usability.  Any user can modify a page using preferences that initially they may have been unaware of until given the option.

Accessibility of Alabama government Web sites

Andrew Potter

Evaluating the accessibility of Alabama Government sites.  Evaluation was performed with Watchfire Bobby.  Found that although the state’s sites are getting better in regards to accessibility, they still have a ways to go.

Follow up:

Watchfire Bobby (Watchfire, 2002) (Chilson, 2002) (Stein, 2002)

– Many cited studies outdated