Integrating Accessibility Evaluation into Web Engineering Processes

Integrating Accessibility Evaluation into Web Engineering Processes

Christopher Power (University of York, United Kingdom), André Pimenta Freire (University of York, United Kingdom) and Helen Petrie (University of York, United Kingdom)
DOI: 10.4018/jitwe.2009100104
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Abstract

This chapter presents methodologies and techniques for performing accessibility evaluations on web applications. These methodologies are discussed in the context of performing them within a web engineering process, be it a traditional, unified or agile process. In this chapter the case is made that website commissioners and web engineers cannot afford to overlook accessible practices as they risk alienating an increasingly large user base who may require accessible web features.
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Background

In order to understand the techniques discussed later in this chapter, it is important to understand what accessibility is and why it is important. This chapter presents several different views of accessibility. This is followed by a discussion regarding why accessibility is a factor that must be considered by the web engineer and website commissioners. Hereafter, a web site consists of many interconnected web pages all belonging to the same domain address. Further, a web application is a website that has interactive components for completing complex tasks.

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