A web accessibility auditing instrument to assist novice evaluators

Christopher Bailey, Elaine J. Pearson

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    Abstract

    The ubiquitous nature of the internet and the diversity of user groups means that established techniques for accessibility evaluation may need to evolve in order to be effective. This paper describes the development of a prototype web accessibility auditing instrument, known as the Accessibility Evaluation Assistant (AEA) designed to assist novice auditors in the process of an accessibility evaluation for specific user groups. The audience for such a tool would be undergraduate and postgraduate computing students, small businesses and charitable organisations, all of which are likely to have a limited knowledge of web accessibility, or lack the resources to have professional accessibility evaluations. The software directs the auditor through a series of tailored checks based on a particular user group, as well as the content and specific features of the website. This process enables the auditor to draw more accurate conclusions about the relative severity of potential issues, and facilitates their effective prioritization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of world conference on e-learning in corporate, government, healthcare, and higher education 2009
    PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education
    Pages1527 - 1531
    ISBN (Print)1880094762
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event2009 World Conference on e-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 26 Oct 200926 Oct 2009

    Conference

    Conference2009 World Conference on e-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education
    Abbreviated titleELEARN
    CountryCanada
    CityVancouver
    Period26/10/0926/10/09

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    Bailey, C., & Pearson, E. J. (2009). A web accessibility auditing instrument to assist novice evaluators. In Proceedings of world conference on e-learning in corporate, government, healthcare, and higher education 2009 (pp. 1527 - 1531). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.