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    Web accessibility: what we have achieved and challenges ahead

    Craven, Jenny (2008) Web accessibility: what we have achieved and challenges ahead. In: World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council, 10th August 2008 - 14th August 2008, Quebec, Canada.

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    The development of the web since the 1990s has come a long way, but not without some major challenges relating to the design of websites to allow access for all. This is a particular issue for people with print impairments who use a variety of ways to access online information, including (such as adjustments to the desktop or browser view, and the use of assistive technologies such as screen magnification, screen readers, or braille output) and which require accessibility features (such as text descriptions for images) to be included in the design of websites. Web accessibility is being addressed through the abundance of advice and guidance on creating, developing and/or commissioning accessible websites as well as relevant disability legislation. This has resulted in great improvements to the accessibility and usability of websites and many examples of good practice can be found of work that is being undertaken to ensure the accessibility of websites and web-based resources. However, evidence shows that websites are still not as accessible as they could be and this, coupled with the new and emerging technologies available (often referred to as Web 2.0), presents challenges for print impaired people, particularly those using assistive technologies. Suggestions to help address both old and new accessibility challenges include improvements of available advice and guidance, a more holistic approach to web accessibility, continued development of assistive technologies, increased accessibility of authoring tools, and the importance of education and training in web accessibility and accessible web design.

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