The Usability of Web Accessibility Guidelines: An Approach for Evaluation

  • Maria Kapsi
  • Evangelos Vlachogiannis
  • Jenny Darzentas
  • Thomas Spyrou
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5616)


This paper aims at contributing to the evaluation of web accessibility and thus promoting design for all, considering the design process as an iterative process containing evaluation as a fundamental component. More specifically, the paper: 1) rethinks Web Accessibility Evaluation notion and its abstract requirements, 2) investigates the usability of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0), and 3) proposes an approach for an evaluation of the usability of accessibility guidelines.


accessibility WCAG W3C usability evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Kapsi
    • 1
  • Evangelos Vlachogiannis
    • 1
  • Jenny Darzentas
    • 1
  • Thomas Spyrou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, HermoupolisUniversity of the AegeanSyrosGreece

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