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

hinn at uiuc.edu hinn at uiuc.edu
Sun Jan 29 13:01:40 EST 2006

Hi, yes, we are far from "universally accessible" in our own
GA SIG website and I'm hoping that we can get re-connected
soon with someone on the IGDA web volunteer team to help us
come up with the most accessible site possible. But, yeah,
there is a whole host of problems, as Richard notes, when you
rely on more dynamic web features.

Our main problem is that we have so much going on with our all
volunteer group that if we move a lot of focus on the
website...we won't get all the game accessibility stuff done!
:) But that doesn't mean we can't try harder to have a better
site. ;)


---- Original message ----
>Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 14:39:16 +0100
>From: "AudioGames" <richard at audiogames.net>  
>Subject: Re: [games_access] The Visionary Design Awards (GA
>To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List"
<games_access at igda.org>
>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:
>> 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
>> 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 
>>> 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
>>> experience for the visitor too.
>>> regards
>>> Jonathan Chetwynd
>>> Accessible Solutions
>>> http://www.eas-i.co.uk
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