Volunteer Pool To ‘Crowd-Source’ Web Accessibility – will it work? Poll on Accessify Forum http://bit.ly/a1Doc1

Brilliant idea!
“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. ”

Amplify’d from twitter.com
  1. AccessifyForum Team AccessifyForum Want to help @fixtheweb? There’s a lively debate going on here at AccessifyForum! http://accessifyforum.com/16616 #a11y #fixtheweb [GM]

Read more at twitter.com


Last push to get a few more participants for 15 min. accessibility web study – THANKS FOR THE HELP – ALL DONE NOW!

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

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

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:
University of Bremen

Pitfalls of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

Good to see it’s not just me that finds it difficult to make sense of the different results from different tools.


Very nice little experiment here – using some of these tools to test the sites that provide the tools themselves.

Start page A pragmatic approach to web accessibility

Pitfalls of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

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