Universal Design of Web Technologies That Render Web Content

International World Wide Web Conference 2004

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Universal Design of Web Technologies That Render Web Content tutorial will provide experiences in:

Web technologies are increasingly becoming more and more a part of public life and therefore they need to be usable by the widest range of user capabilities, including users who are older and users with disabilities. Popular attention on accessibility is usually directed toward authors to create accessible web content through the markup they use in their web resources. An equally critical factor to accessibility which gets far less attention is the ability of web browsers, multi-media players and other technologies that render web content to render web resources in a way that can be used by people with disabilities and people who are older through either direct accessibility features or compatibility with assistive technologies. This requires developers of web rendering technologies to be familiar with the needs of these people. Developers need to understand how their needs translate into user interface design and features for allowing users to control and adjust the rendering of content to meet their individual needs. Just like curb cuts and ramps have made public buildings and spaces more accessible to people with a wider range of skills and abilities, electronic curb cuts are needed in software technologies to make them usable by people with a wider range of abilities. This workshop will help designers and managers understand the needs of people with disabilities, the requirements for creating accessible web rendering technologies based on the W3C User Agent Accessibility Guidelines, and examples of how current web browser technologies implement features for accessibility.

Location and Times

Date: May 18th, 2004

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York, New York


Starts at 9:00am

Part 1: Alternative Views of the Web

Part 2: User Agent Accessibility Guidelines

Break (10:30am - 11:00am)

Part 3: Test Suites and Implementation Report

Part 4: Examples of Redesigning for Accessibility

ends at 12:30pm


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Jon Gunderson is currently the Coordinator of information technology accessibility for people with disabilities at UIUC in the Division of Rehabilitation Education Services. He has been working in the area of web accessibility for over 6 years and is chair of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative User Agent Accessibility Guidelines working group. He has given numerous presentations and has taught several courses on designing universally accessible web resources.

Find out more about web accessibility at the CITA website