Web Accessibility and the Needs of Users with Disabilities

Web Accessibility and the Needs of Users with Disabilities

Aspasia Dellaporta (Cimex Media, Ltd, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-096-7.ch001
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This chapter discusses Web accessibility, and focuses on the challenge of meeting the needs of a diverse audience with different types of disabilities, as well as outlining best practices.It presents the nature and need for Web accessibility, focusing on the UK legislation, and argues that e-accessibility goes beyond legal obligations offering life-enhancing opportunities and services, and promoting inclusion. The dynamics between the Web and its diverse audience are emphasized by giving an overview of the multiple facets of Web accessibility. It has been observed that accessibility is often discussed as affecting blind people only, and discussions frequently isolate a few aspects of it. The author hopes that, by demonstrating and offering ways of understanding Web accessibility and its multilayered nature, the ground will be laid for a more effective and inclusive approach towards Web accessibility as a process in Web design and development.

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Sri Kurniawan, Panayiotis Zaphiris
Chapter 1
Aspasia Dellaporta
This chapter discusses Web accessibility, and focuses on the challenge of meeting the needs of a diverse audience with different types of... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility and the Needs of Users with Disabilities
Chapter 2
David Kreps, Alison Adam
The focus of this chapter is Web accessibility for disabled people, given that much of the Web remains inaccessible or difficult to access. The... Sample PDF
Failing the Disabled Community: The Continuing Problem of Web Accessibility
Chapter 3
Bridget Patel
This chapter’s overarching aim is to elucidate young children’s perspectives about, and contribute to, a better understanding of what makes ”good”... Sample PDF
Designing Children's Multimedia
Chapter 4
Andrew Large, Valerie Nesset, Jamshid Beheshti, Leanne Bowler
This chapter presents a new methodology, called bonded design (BD), for designing information technologies. It is especially suited to work with... Sample PDF
Bonded Design: A Methodology for Designing with Children
Chapter 5
Syariffanor Hisham, Alistair Edwards
This chapter discusses ageing-related issues and their implications to the Web experience of elderly users. Particular emphasis is placed on ageing... Sample PDF
Ageing and its Implications for Elderly Web Experience
Chapter 6
Stefania Boiano, Ann Borda, Jonathan Bowen, Xristine Faulkner, Giuliano Gaia, Sarah McDaid
We consider the design and provision of Web sites, with respect to gender issues, from various perspectives. A general view of the field is given... Sample PDF
Gender Issues in HCI Design for Web Access
Chapter 7
Noemi Maria Sadowska
This chapter presents an investigation into the commercial WWW portal, “BEME. com,” as an example of gendered Web design targeting female users. It... Sample PDF
Interpreting the Female User: How Web Designers Conceptualise Development of Commercial WWW sites to Satisfy Specific Niche Markets
Chapter 8
Charles Ess
A number of examples demonstrate that technologies of computer-mediated communication (CMC) embed and foster specific cultural values and... Sample PDF
From Computer-Mediated Colonization to Culturally Aware ICT Usage and Design
Chapter 9
Sauman Chu, Mauricio Arango, Charles Earl Love Yust
This chapter addresses the design and procedural variables of creating a bilingual Web site information portal for an audience of culturally diverse... Sample PDF
A Case Study: Creating and Designing a Bilingual Resource Web Site for Somali Immigrants
Chapter 10
Nada Savitch, Panayiotis Zaphiris
This chapter describes the current thinking around designing Web sites for people with dementia. It is important that people with dementia are... Sample PDF
Web Site Design for People with Dementia
Chapter 11
Sri Kurniawan, Gerard Conroy
This chapter describes some statistics of people with dyslexia. It continues with describing problems people with dyslexia experience with reading... Sample PDF
Comparing Comprhension Speeds and Accuracy of Online Information in Students with and without Dyslexia
Chapter 12
Hugh O’Neill, Inmaculada Arned llo-Sanchez, Brendan Tangney
This chapter presents a framework for the design of accessible online learning environments for blind and visually impaired students in terms of... Sample PDF
Implementing Accessible Online Learning for Blind and Visually Impaired Students: A Piolot Study
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