Week 11 – The Accessibility of the Web

As the web grows in size every day, there are many issues with the webpages that exist on the web. As discussed in my last blog accessibility is an issue on the web. Although the web appears to be evolving and accommodating for the less able users, it still is not as good as some experts think. This is mainly due to the issue that homepage (which is the main gateway that users gain access to a site) being inaccessible. 

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There has been many studies into the accessibility of websites for users with disabilities. For example changing the font size for those with visual impairments or colour change for those with colour blindness.This is due to an ageing population, that naturally gain disabilities as they get older. Many experts have studied the changes as the web evolves. However the results are shocking for some, only a small percentage of websites studied on changed within the first year, some took three years to adapt and other still had not changed over ten years. Critically it is also important to note that these studies have issues, such as small samples and may not be representative of all genres with regards to websites. 

Due to this research, W3C have put in guidelines to help designers create a better accessible website. This is especially important to international websites, for example those in the travel and tourism industry. Although it is arguable that other issues play a role, instead of just disability for example language barriers/ translators and running on old and new software.   

Upon reflection I understood all the information given to me and was able to add my own multimedia. However I could research into this area more to develop a deeper understanding of why certain sites have not adapted to users with disabilities. In addition adding my own material would convey my knowledge and understanding considerably more. In addition I could change some of my sentences, to improve on my sentence structure and overall writing style. As well as this I could become more active in the blogging community. 

Cites for this blog:

Google.co.uk. 2014. disabled computer users – Google Search. [online] Available at: https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=667&q=disabled+computer+users&oq=disabled+computer+users&gs_l=img.3…3361.14274.0.15201.23.13.0.10.10.0.103.1036.12j1.13.0….0…1ac.1.32.img..5.18.1069.IT7_lrCt0v8#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=2272CJDHqVsV-M%253A%3Bpgzvmsmz9rt3nM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fnews.bbcimg.co.uk%252Fmedia%252Fimages%252F68040000%252Fjpg%252F_68040552_eilidh.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bbc.co.uk%252Fnews%252Fblogs-ouch-22815554%3B464%3B289 [Accessed: 28 Jan 2014].

Hackett, S. and Parmanto, B. 2009. Homepage not enough when evaluating web site accessibility. 19 (1), pp. 78-87. Available from: doi: 10.1108/10662240910927830.

Harper, S. and Chen, A. 2012. Web accessibility guidelines. 15 (1), pp. 61-88. Available from: doi: 10.1007/s11280-011-0130-8.

Williams, R., Rattray, R. and Stork, A. 2004. Web site accessibility of German and UK tourism information sites. 16 (6), pp. 577-589. Available from: doi: 10.1108/09555340410565404

 

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