The agency web site should lead off with the official Mission and Function Statement. Agencies can then be accessed by key words. This would be helpful because most people do not know what our agencies were created to do. They therefore trek the wilderness to get to the correct one.
What can we do to improve universal access to government content online, regardless of device, technology or disability?
One hour dialogue-a-thon Wednesday, September, 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm ET (discussion catalyst Sharron Rush)
google uncle sam was a great tool for contractors to research without the mess of non-gov info!
Greetings all and thanks very much for joining. Thanks especially for your interest in accessibility and universal design. Today’s topic is Universal Access and has to do with ensuring equal access by citizens with disabilities, those in low bandwidth situations, and those who may use older technologies or assistive devices to access federal web sites and applications. I am joined by Jared Smith and Jim Thatcher ...more »
1. Include street addresses on usajobs so those unwilling or unable to go there don't apply for those jobs. It saves applicant and HR's time. 2. Change Intelligence Community applicaitons to no longer require an entry for each training name, start date, end date, provider, hour provided and same requirements for awards instead of cutting and pasting all training or awards. When requesting accomodation I was told ...more »
Section 508 requires that all agency videos be captioned. Why not build a tool that scours all federal websites, looking for uncaptioned videos? Then notify whoever put it up there to get it captioned ASAP, as well as pointers to captioning tools.
As the "war" over the best form of html continues it's clear there will be diverse forms of html employed for years to come. Developers are constantly working backwards, all from different perspectives to try to achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities. There are simply too many cooks in the kitchen. It seems to me that content accessbility is best addressed at the browser level because this is where specific ...more »
The principles and guidlelines of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) should be applied to Federal website design. UDL will ensure that the broadest range of uses will be able to access and gain knowledge from Federal websites. Universal Design for Learning takes the concept of Universal Design one step further. In addition to focusing on physical accessibility (e.g. text to speech, accessible word or pdf documents) it ...more »
When .govs make their web content and data available to the public via web services (APIs), any one or any organization can republish the material in various ways that are more accessible to different communities. By liquefying the content of the website by publishing it as an API, the public can repurpose it in various ways that the originating agency might not think to or might not have done so on their own website. ...more »
Here are a few basic things developers can do that can greatly enhance the accessibility of web applications to people with disabilities. If developers designed ground up with accessibility in mind, it makes for a better experience. • Use Page Headers • Skip Navigation Link • Add Meaningful Alternate Text for Images • Add labels to all form fields • Tables - Mark Up Data Tables correctly • Don't Use Color Solely to ...more »
need a subject/content index to the overall structure of gov't web site content....kind of a google for the vast array of gov't info.
When looking for an accessible web solution, agencies should consult people in the disability community. Specifically, the National Federation of the Blind and other advocacy groups not only represent tens of thousands of disabled people, but organizations like the NFB commonly have specialists on staff who can point an agency in the right direction. In addition, because federal purchasing power spurs the development ...more »
Too often, agencies treat website accessibility as a “problem” to be solved on an after-the-fact or ad hoc basis. This approach is costly—fixing an inaccessible website is more expensive than designing and maintaining it to be accessible from the beginning and throughout development. This approach is also difficult to maintain—without proper accessibility guidelines and procedures in place, a website that is initially ...more »
There's an enormous amount of skill and experience in the public sector (not just feds) on accessibility. However, these folks are not being encouraged to share what they know in a structured manner. In fact, some information that should be public is being kept private, such as accessibility evaluations of products and services, and even testing protocols. Why not open this thing to the wider public sector? Redundant ...more »
Access available at places like The Smithsonian is irrelevant if visitors are not aware of it. The appropriate symbols (e.g. assistive listening devices, captioning, American Sign Language interpretation) and information should be listed consistently in the same format on each website across all federal agencies. Not having a consistent format leads to information not being posted, accurate and potentially using politically ...more »