Seminar: Web Accessibility Quality Marks in Europe (August 31st 2005)

Introduction

The eAccess Lab at RINCE, Dublin City University (DCU), in conjunction with the Irish Design-for-all and eAccessibility Network (Irl-Dean), held a seminar on Web Accessibility Quality Marks in Europe on August 31st 2005. This was an initiative of the EU-funded Support-EAM (Supporting the creation of an e-Accessibility Quality Mark) project.

Our guest speaker was Dr. Dominique Burger, President of BrailleNet, France. He presented the work of BrailleNet and the development of an accessibility quality mark entitled AccessiWeb. AccessiWeb consists of evaluation methods and criteria based on the W3C/WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). BrailleNet certifies websites, trains web developers and co-ordinates an eAccessibility working group in France.

Dr. Barry McMullin, Director of the eAccess Lab presented the Support-EAM project. The basis of the project is to harmonise the methodologies used for evaluating Web Accessibility and to create a European e-Accessibility Quality Mark for web services, contributing to the Action Plan eEurope 2005: An information society for all.

Dónal Rice, accessibility co-ordinator for the National Disability Authority, presented the NDA's Excellence through Accessibility Award. The award scheme acknowledges Government Departments and Agencies that have taken steps to make their organisations more accessible. Through the award the NDA hope to support the achievement of maximum accessibility of public services for people with disabilities in Ireland.

Following the seminar presentations, there was an opportunity for participants to discuss eAccessibility projects they were working on which related to the topic of the seminar, and to hear more about the Irish Design-for-all and eAccessibility Network (Irl-Dean).

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