Title

Cutting curbs on the information highway: Embracing adaptive technology to broaden the web

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

7-1-2005

Abstract

The paper considers some of the issues surrounding accessibility to Web systems and services by individuals with imperfect abilities. It is argued that, beyond the moral and legal reasons for accommodating the group, there are numerous advantages for business and commerce that can be achieved. The particular needs of disabled individuals with regard to Web content access are discussed. Then, certain common adaptive technologies that are aimed at accommodating this population are described. The intent is to provide insights into the special design requirements for Web content that these technologies demand. Two sets of standards are accessible Web content design, Subsection 1194.22 of Section 508, and W3C's WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), are briefly described. Finally, a business rationale for embracing adaptive technology is presented.

Publication Title

Journal of Organizational and End User Computing

Volume

17

Issue

3

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