The Role of Automatic Support in Accessibility Evaluation of Web Applications

Speaker:  Fabio PaternĂ² – Pisa, Italy
Topic(s):  Human Computer Interaction


Designing for people with disabilities is becoming an increasingly important topic for several reasons. Accessibility has become necessary due to the rapid growth of online information and interactive services provided by web and mobile applications. The recent European Web Accessibility Directive (WAD) promotes the rights of disabled people and requires consistent monitoring of accessibility in public websites. 
Even if the accessibility validation process cannot be fully automated, in order to support accessibility, it becomes important to have validators able to check, automatically or semi-automatically, the correspondence between the requirements of accessibility guidelines and the characteristics of the Web pages under consideration. These tools are useful for those involved in developing websites, as through them designers and developers can easily and quickly check whether their work meets the considered accessibility requirements. 
In this talk I report on an analysis of the state of art in the area of accessibility validation tools and elicited feedback of stakeholders working in public organizations with online surveys and interviews. Some common issues in this area are discussed, such as their ability to expand and upgrade to support new guidelines and to align with the latest technology, and the limited effectiveness of their reports. In the discussion possible solutions for such issues will be indicated as well as possible evolutions in this area.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  50
Duration:  45 minutes
Languages Available:  English, Italian
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