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

AudioGames.net richard at audiogames.net
Sun Jan 29 17:14:39 EST 2006


Hi,

Sander and I can check the accessibilty of the website if you like to see 
what problems there are. I don't think there are any big problems since it 
uses Moveable Type, which is a pretty accessible blog (as far as I know). 
You can check the accessibility yourself very easy using the Web 
Accessibility Toolbar:

http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/info.aspx?page=614

Although not everything can be checked using the toolbar (like how well an 
alt-attribute describes a picture), it covers about 90% of a website.

Greets,

Richard


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <hinn at uiuc.edu>
To: "IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List" <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: [games_access] The Visionary Design Awards (GA 
accessibleweb-site)


> 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. ;)
>
> Michelle
>
> ---- 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
> accessibleweb-site)
>>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)?
>>
>>Greets,
>>
>>Richard
>>
>>
>>----- 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
>>accessibleweb-site)
>>
>>
>>> 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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