The Ethics of Web Design: Ensuring Access for Everyone

The Ethics of Web Design: Ensuring Access for Everyone

Jack S. Cook (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA) and Laura Cook (State University of New York, USA)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-286-7.ch004
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Abstract

Web accessibility is really not a technological issue but rather a cultural problem. A Web site is said to be Web accessible if anyone, regardless of capabilities or disabilities, using any kind of Web browsing technology to visit the site has full and complete access to the site’s content and has the ability to interact with the site if required. If properly planned from the start, a Web site can be functional, accessible and aesthetically pleasing. This chapter focuses on ensuring access to information available on the Internet. The overall objective is to increase awareness of Web accessibility issues by providing rationale for why Web designers should be interested in creating accessible sites. Specifically, this chapter identifies some of the emerging digital barriers to accessibility encountered by those with disabilities. Current efforts to address these barriers legally are identified and their effectiveness for breaking down barriers is discussed. The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is discussed, followed by a study of the 50 most visited Web sites. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the importance of this topic and future developments.

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Acknowledgments
Marian Quigley
Chapter 1
Barbara A. Schuldt
This chapter introduces ethical considerations that are especially relevant for the current networked world. It discusses the use of a mnemonic... Sample PDF
MAMA on the Web: Ethical Considerations for Our Networked World
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Chapter 2
Helen Partridge
This chapter will explore the human dimension of the digital divide. It argues that existing digital divide research takes primarily a... Sample PDF
Establishing the Human Dimension of the Digital Divide
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Chapter 3
Rasool Azari, James Pick
This chapter examines the influence of socio-economic factors on the employment, payroll, and number of enterprises of three technology sectors for... Sample PDF
Socio-economic Influence on Information Technology: The Case of California
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Chapter 4
Jack S. Cook, Laura Cook
Web accessibility is really not a technological issue but rather a cultural problem. A Web site is said to be Web accessible if anyone, regardless... Sample PDF
The Ethics of Web Design: Ensuring Access for Everyone
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Chapter 5
Alfreda Dudley-Sponaugle, Jonathan Lazar
When designing information systems, it is important to consider the needs of users with disabilities, including those with visual impairment... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility for Users with Disabilities: A Multi-faceted Ethical Analysis
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Chapter 6
Trisha Woolley, Craig Fisher
When designing information systems, it is important to consider the needs of users with disabilities, including those with visual impairment... Sample PDF
Internet Voting: Beyond Technology
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Chapter 7
Geoffrey A. Sandy
The Internet provides access to speech both conventional and unconventional. Some speech is considered harmful to minors. This chapter discusses the... Sample PDF
Protection of Minors from Harmful Internet Content
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Chapter 8
Marian Quigley
The rapid appropriation of mobile phone technology by young people is occurring at the same time as critics are debating the so-called demise of... Sample PDF
Mobile Communities and the "Generation that Beeps and Hums"
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Laura Lally
In the post-9/11 environment, there has been an increasing awareness of the need for information security. This chapter presents an analysis of the... Sample PDF
Insights from Y2K and 9/11 for Enhancing IT Security
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Chapter 10
Leslie Leong, Andrzej T. Jarmoszko
The emphasis and increased awareness of information security require an understanding and knowledge of the technology that supports it. As the risks... Sample PDF
Cryptography: Deciphering Its Progress
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Malcolm R. Pattinson
This chapter introduces a method of assessing the state of an organization’s information system security by evaluating the effectiveness of the... Sample PDF
A Method of Assessing Information System Security Controls
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Chapter 12
Neil F. Doherty, Heather Fulford
While the importance of the information security policy (ISP) is widely acknowledged in the academic literature, there has, to date, been little... Sample PDF
Information Security Policies in Large Organizations: The Development of a Conceptual Framework to Explore Their Impact
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James E. Goldman, Vaughn R. Christie
This chapter introduces the Metrics Based Security Assessment (MBSA) as a means of measuring an organization’s information security maturity. It... Sample PDF
Metrics Based Security Assessment
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Margherita Pagani
This chapter sets out to analyze the impact generated by the adoption of Digital Rights Management (DRM) processes on the typical Digital Media... Sample PDF
The Critical Role of Digital Rights Management Process
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