Web Accessibility: A Digital Divide for Disabled People?
- Alison AdamAffiliated withUniversity of Salford
- , David KrepsAffiliated withUniversity of Salford
The focus of this paper is Web accessibility for disabled people. Much of the Web remains inaccessible or difficult to access by people across a spectrum of disabilities and this may have serious implications for the potential use of the Web for increasing social inclusion. The topic of disabled Web access is introduced through a consideration of four discourses: digital divide, social construction of disability, legal, and Web accessibility. The lack of dialogue between these permits a passive liberal approach toward disability discrimination to prevail and this political position has become inscribed in widely used automatic software tools resulting in a reinforcement of the view that Web site accessibility approval may, in many cases, be deemed an empty shell.
- Web Accessibility: A Digital Divide for Disabled People?
- Book Title
- Social Inclusion: Societal and Organizational Implications for Information Systems
- Book Subtitle
- IFIP TC8 WG8.2 International Working Conference, July 12–15, 2006, Limerick, Ireland
- Book Part
- Part 4
- pp 217-228
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- Series Title
- IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
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- Springer US
- Copyright Holder
- International Federation for Information Processing
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- Editor Affiliations
- 1. The Pennsylvania State University
- 2. The University of Manchester
- 3. University College Cork
- 4. University of Limerick
- 5. University of Minnesota
- Author Affiliations
- 6. University of Salford, Salford, UK
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