ICCHP 2014

14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs

July 09-11, 2014; Pre-Conference July 07-08, 2014

Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis; 2, Rue de la Liberté, 93200 Saint-Denis; France

Usable Web Accessibility

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Access to the Web has become an imperative for many people, including people with disabilities and older people who especially benefit from the unprecedented opportunities offered by the Web. In fact, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) recognizes access to information, including access to information on the Web, as a human right.

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to make the Web accessible for people with disabilities. Part of this work is eveloping internationally recognized standards for web accessibility including:

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - address web pages, websites, and web applications, including text, images, audio, video, scripting, and code
  • User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) - address web browsers, media players, and some assistive technologies
  • Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) - address code editors, blogs, wikis, content management systems (CMS), and many more

Another equally important aspect of web accessibility is the provision of accessibility features in web standards such as HTML, CSS, SVG, and SMIL, as well as the development of standardized solutions for accessibility such as the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) syntax.

While these different standards play a fundamental role in the implementation of an accessible Web for all, accessibility is not a matter of ticking checkpoints or following constraining rules. It is rather a matter of assessing the situation and applying the relevant principles and criteria in order to meet the accessibility needs of the end-users. For this reason, user-centered design approaches that involve the users and user requirements throughout the development process are key to successful and usable implementations.

This Special Thematic Session (STS) invites contribution and discussion on experiences, approaches, and methods for implementing accessible and usable websites and web-related products including authoring tools, browsers, media players, or others. In particular, this session invites case studies of how including people with disabilities early in web projects increased the effectiveness and efficiency of the development work, and studies showing how users with disabilities as participants in usability studies found general usability issues as well.

Invited topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Including accessibility considerations throughout web projects
  • Involving users early in web projects and the resulting benefits
  • Conformance evaluation and assessment methods for web accessibility
  • Usability testing and usability studies with people with disabilities
  • Inclusive user-centered design and other usability approaches
  • Tool-supported web development and accessibility evaluation
  • Techniques and approaches for meeting accessibility requirements


Portrait of Shadi Abou-Zahra  Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C/WAI

Portrait of Shawn Henry  Shawn Lawton Henry, W3C/WAI


Contributions to the STS have to be submitted using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP at:
When submitting your contribution please make sure to select this STS under "STS/Session".
Contributions to the STS are evaluated by the Programme Commitee of ICCHP and by the chair(s) of the STS.
Please get in contact with the STS chairs for discussing your involvement and pre-evaluation of your contribution.
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2010

ICCHP is a series of biannual scientific conferences in the field of ICT/AT for people with disabilities run in co-operation with the Johannes Kepler University, Linz and the Austrian Computer Society

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