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ALT text and basic accessibility.

McEwan, Tom and Weerts, Ben (2007) ALT text and basic accessibility. In: Proceedings of the 21st BCS HCI Group Conference. BCS, Lancaster. ISBN 1-902505-95-6

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    Abstract/Description

    Recent surveys have shown that the majority of websites are not accessible. Despite legal obligations and the importance of the internet for disabled people, most websites fail to reach a basic level of accessibility, yet web developers are not short of accessibility guidelines and recommendations. This preliminary study consists of a meta-review of web accessibility studies in order to identify a set of common barriers faced by the impaired. Automated testing, of websites created by recent multimedia graduates in their final semester, confirms these problems. In particular non-use, and incorrect use, of ALT (alternative) text emerges as the most frequent, basic error. We conclude that ALT is a litmus test of developers' attitudes towards accessibility and propose future work to identify how to understand and improve these attitudes

    Item Type: Book Section
    ISBN: 1-902505-95-6
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    Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Computer Interaction; web development; accessibility compliance; ALT;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
    Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Item ID: 3700
    Depositing User: Computing Research
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010 14:15
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2013 11:33
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3700

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