[games_access] The Visionary Design Awards (GA accessibleweb-site)

AudioGames richard at audiogames.net
Sun Jan 29 08:39:16 EST 2006

Hi Barrie,

Yes, there are a few templates around, I suggest doing a Google search since 
I don't have one ready :). However, please be aware that even if you use an 
accessible website template that that does not automatically mean your 
website will always be accessible. With each content you add you run the 
risk of adding inaccessibility. This is especially the risk with dynamic web 
applications: WIKI's, Blogs, CMS's, etc. where multiple people can add 
content to a website. So even if your, let's say, forum or blog is 
accessible, when someone posts a picture without an alt-attribute, you have 
an accessibility issue. I have not been able to find a CMS which forces you 
to add alt-attributes to pictures, but even if one would exist people could 
still avoid accessibility by adding nonsense in the alt-attribute. Bit off 
topic, but since the GA-SIG website uses a Blog and a Wiki I though I'd 
better mention it. Were you looking for an accessible template for the 
GA-SIG website or the OneSwitch.org.uk website? And did you mean accessible 
for visitors or also for the admins/users who add content (and therefore the 
CMS/Wiki should also be accessible)?



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Barrie Ellis" <barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk>
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 1:58 PM
Subject: Re: [games_access] The Visionary Design Awards (GA 

> Hi Jonathan,
> Interesting work. I do like their top 10 accessible web-design tips:
> http://www.visionary-design.org/mod.php?mod=userpage&menu=10&page_id=3
> Good preparation for the daunting W3C accessibility guidelines:
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/gettingstarted/Overview.html
> I was wondering if there is a public domain accessible web-page template? 
> I really like the accessibility of the Disability Rights Commission's 
> web-site:
> http://www.drc-gb.org/
> http://www.drc-gb.org/accessoption.asp
> It would really help if anyone could track down an accessible web template 
> and run with it. I'd love to see our web-page have this degree of 
> accessibility - crossed with our own style, which I think should be 
> friendly and not too formal. A bit like Ouch! perhaps?
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/
> Are you aware of any templates we and others could use for the future?
> Barrie
> www.OneSwitch.org.uk
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jonathan Chetwynd" <j.chetwynd at btinternet.com>
> To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 12:37 PM
> Subject: [games_access] The Visionary Design Awards
>> http://www.visionary-design.org/
>> The Visionary Design Awards
>> Awards will be made for best practice in accessible design of  websites 
>> for children, young adults, public sector, commercial  enterprises, 
>> voluntary sector, and news and information. There will  also be a 
>> presentation of a Special Award for Innovation to a website  which is 
>> accessible but has also excelled in creating a unique and  interesting 
>> experience for the visitor too.
>> regards
>> Jonathan Chetwynd
>> Accessible Solutions
>> http://www.eas-i.co.uk
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