Accessibility 2.0: Next Steps for Web Accessibility

Brian Kelly, David Sloan, Stephen Brown, Jane Seale, Patrick Lauke, Simon Ball, Stuart Smith
  • Journal of Access Services, February 2009, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/15367960802301028

Accessibility 2.0: Next Steps for Web Accessibility

What is it about?

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) was established to enhance the accessibility of Web resources for people with disabilities. In this article we argue that although WAI's advocacy work has been very successful, the WAI approach is flawed. Rather than WAI's emphasis on adoption of technical guidelines, the authors argue that the priority should be for a user-focused approach, which embeds best practices through the development of achievable policies and processes and which includes all stakeholders in the process of maximizing accessibility. The article describes a Tangram model, which provides a pluralistic approach to Web accessibility, and provides case studies that illustrate use of this approach. The article describes work that has informed the ideas in this article and plans for further work, including an approach to advocacy and education that coins the term Accessibility 2.0 to describe a renewed approach to accessibility, which builds on previous work but prioritizes the importance of the user.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15367960802301028

The following have contributed to this page: Professor Jane Seale and Mr Brian Kelly