“An online service helping web users with disabilities report accessibility problems by linking them with thousands of tech- savvy volunteers is to be launched later this year by digital inclusion charity Citizens Online.
A trial version of ‘Fix the Web’, sub-titled ‘crowd-sourcing e- accessibility’, was unveiled at this week’s Web Accessibility London Unconference 2010 by Dr Gail Bradbrook, the charity’s lead consulant.
Web users will be able to report accessibility problems directly to the service using Twitter, email or online forms. Members of a pool of registered volunteers will then take responsibility for finding the correct official path or website owner contact to lodge the complaint on the user’s behalf, follow up any response and feed back to the user.
The project’s initial goal is to sign up 10,000 volunteers to cover 250,000 websites a year, Bradbrook said. Eventually she hopes to sign up 1.5 million volunteers worldwide. ”
Update July 22nd: Many thanks to everyone who helped – Kavita has emailed to say that they had a great response and have completed all three experiments 🙂
She is going to put a message on the website to say that it is finished.
Forwarded from: kavita thomas
Date: 21 July 2010 09:31 Subject: last push to get a few more participants for 15 min. accessibility web study To:
Please ignore this mail if you’ve already participated; and if you haven’t, now’s your chance! We just need to get a few more native English speaking participants to close this study, so we hope you’ll give our web experiment a try! Participants should only take this study once though, so if you’ve already taken this 15 minute study, please don’t take it again. But if you pass it on to friends, that’d be great!
About the study:
The DiaSpace project at the University of Bremen is running a 15 minute online web study into how people give route instructions in dialogue. The goal is that our findings will help us develop more responsive wayfinding systems so that people who can’t manually control their wheelchairs can interact via dialogue instead. Another application which we’re working on is about helping elderly people find objects in their home by describing where they are in an understandable way. So it’s all in a good cause!
Please participate, and just as important, please forward this email on to your friends! We’re really having a hard time getting enough participants who are native English speakers, as DiaSpace is based in Germany. The only conditions for participation are that participants be native or very fluent speakers of English and 18 years old or older, and not visually or cognitively disabled. Here’s the link to the experiment:
The experiment only takes 15 minutes, and if you’re using Windows Vista, you’ll need to run it on Firefox, as it won’t work on Internet Explorer for Vista. (It works on Internet Explorer for other operating systems than Vista though.)
Thanks very much for your help, and please feel free to send any questions about this experiment or research to: Dr Kavita Thomas the DiaSpace project: www.diaspace.org University of Bremen
Summary: Automated web accessibility evaluation tools are hard to trust, understand and only provides feedback on a small amount of factors that influence accessibility. Also, a unified web evaluation methodology should be adopted to provide consistent results across tools.Read more at www.standards-schmandards.com