Including Heterogeneous Web Accessibility Guidelines in the Development Process

  • Myriam Arrue
  • Markel Vigo
  • Julio Abascal
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4940)

Abstract

The use of web applications has extremely increased in the last few years. However, some groups of users may experience difficulties when accessing them. Many different sets of accessibility guidelines have been developed in order to improve the quality of web interfaces. Some of them are of general purpose whereas others are specific for user, application or access device characteristics. The existing amount of heterogeneous accessibility guidelines makes it difficult to find, select and handle them in the development process. This paper proposes a flexible framework which facilitates and promotes the web accessibility awareness during all the development process. The basis of this framework is the Unified Guidelines Language (UGL), a uniform guidelines specification language developed as a result of a comprehensive study of different sets of guidelines. The main components of the framework are the guidelines management tool and the flexible evaluation module. Therefore, sharing, extending and searching for adequate accessibility guidelines as well as evaluating web accessibility according to different sets of guidelines become simpler tasks.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Myriam Arrue
    • 1
  • Markel Vigo
    • 1
  • Julio Abascal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Basque Country, Informatika FakultateaDonostiaSpain

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