[Air-L] Why aren't more websites accessible?

Sue Cranmer sue at jcranmer.freeserve.co.uk
Mon Dec 10 11:58:06 PST 2007

Hello Glen

An important subject that needs much more work doing on it so good luck with

You might like to have a look at the blog for a project I'm currently
working on which is trying to make online courses more accessible for
disabled students.  In relation to your question about why websites are not
made accessible generally, I am familiar only with the literature on higher
education.  Some of this is included in the literature review that you will
find on the blog and the research suggests that academics are not taking
accessibility on board due to a combination of factors which include: lack
of awareness; lack of time to address the issue; like of expertise; assuming
it is the disabilities support team responsibility and so on.

See http://coursesforall.wordpress.com/

I will be very interested to hear more about the commercial/industrial
perspectives in due course.

Best Wishes


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[mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Glen E. Farrelly
Sent: Wednesday, 28 November 2007 07:17
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: [Air-L] Why aren't more websites accessible?

I’m new to academic research and to this group, so forgive me if I’m not
following conventions.
  I'm in the process of submitting a master's level grant application to
examine why more websites, specifically Canadian, are not made accessible
for the visually impaired. 
  While I believe the perceived cost and effort to make websites accessible
is a significant reason, I was hoping to find research into other factors.
If anyone knows of any research in this area - or in ascertaining the degree
of inaccessibility - I would greatly appreciate any tips, links or advice.
  Thank you,
  Glen Farrelly
Student, Royal Roads University / Web Producer Glen.farrelly at yahoo.com

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