Accessibility


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)

Accessibility

efficiency, jobs & QA: accessibility funding for dedicated staff

Trying to train everyone on the finer points of 508 and related accessibility is inefficient and a losing proposition. Take all of the money spent on 508 training and repurpose it to hire dedicated, experienced experts to help with publishing and accessibility compliance. Agencies should receive funding for centralized, dedicated staff that have time and skills to review and publish web, print, video, etc. and make... more »

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HTML5 and Semantic Content

Use semantic content and markup so that relevant content is easily found through search engines. Allow content managers to easily tag content for SEO, so that people can find the relevant information that are looking for.

 

Harness HTML5 in forms and use micro-formats when applicable. This would greatly improve the the experience for the growing amount of users on mobile devices.

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(@andrewpwilson)

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Establish Mechanisms to Allow for Virtual Advisory Boards

Receiving ongoing feedback from key stakeholder communities, in a transparent manner, could significantly improve the quality of the content. For example, more systematized, direct engagement with disabled users could help not only improve compliance but actually address the more fundamental issue of usability. This approach could be used for other issues including Low English Proficiency/ Multilingual content and the... more »

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Increase access and ease of use.

Increasing ease of use and accessibility would be ideal. Going to a .gov website to discover that you have to not only use a certain browser, but that that browser can only be found on one operating system is a horrible waste. .gov websites built according to web standards would be a huge help towards accessibility as well.

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Train web developers beyond Section 508

Some of the most important accessibility best practices are not required by Section 508. Logically ordered heading tags for example, or links with clear purpose (instead of "click here", "Read our August 2011 Newsletter"). It seems everyone simply adds ALT attributes to images and calls it a day. We need to train web developers and designers in more than basic Section 508 and ensure they understand accessibility beyond... more »

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Disabilities should be separated and no lumped together

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 »

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Accessibility at the browser level for those with disabilities

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 »

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(@graybrooks)

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Publish all government info via API for better republishing

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 »

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Accessibility of non-.Gov/.Mil sites

There are a large number of Federal Agencies that use .ORG or even .COM sites for a number of reasons. Whenever sites are being designed or managed, Section 508 and Accessibility should be mandated by the agency for these sites as well. Conformance reporting should include all of an agency's sites, not just the public facing .gov/.mil sites.

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Voice Recognition vs. JAWS - Accessibility Needs of Users

The accessability needs of users are different based on the type of disability. My needs as a person with a repetitive stress injury, who uses voice recognition software, are different than the person with blindness who uses JAWS. I use voice-recognition software, but find that many web sites are not accessible for voice-recognition software. Most web sites seem to be accessible for persons with blindness and/or low... more »

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Accessibility Focused Dialogue-a-Thon

Greetings all and thanks very much for joining. Thanks especially for your interest in accessibility and universal design. Today‚Äôs 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 »

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