Web accessibility experts from across Europe are moving towards agreement on what must be achieved for a website to claim conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (currently, the official version from W3C/WAI is 1.0).
Their common understanding is being developed within a recently published draft technical document which is openly available for comment by anyone involved in making Web sites accessible. This document will, in conjunction with all other work done by this group to date, allow for the creation of a harmonised methodology for evaluating Web site accessibility.
The 3-day technical workshop took place in Copenhagen (Denmark) on the 28-30th April 2004 as part of a TF3 workshop meeting (TF3 stands for Task Force 3 and is a working group of EuroAccessibility Consortium working on evaluation methodology for assessing Web accessibility).
The draft version of the document can be found on the TF3 pages of this WebSite (https://euroaccessibility.org/tf3_doc/EACTF3TestableStatements.html).
The approach confirms EuroAccessibility’s commitment to work with the Guidelines and Techniques developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), as part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The EuroAcessibility Consortium was launched during 2003 to ensure harmonised evaluations guidelines across Europe.
EuroAccessibility meeting in Madrid
19 February 2004
EuroAccessibility members met in Madrid on 11th February following the WAI Web Accessibility Best Practices Exchange Training. The meeting, hosted by EuroAccessibility Member Fundosa Teleservicios was attended by representatives of twelve member organisations and W3C. The meeting discussed working rules and the procedure for admitting new members, and the progress of the different task forces.
IWA/HWG joins EuroAccessibility Consortium
Venezia, 15 December 2003
The International Webmasters Association / HTML Writers’ Guild (IWA/HWG) today signed the EuroAccessibility Memorandum of Understanding, the final stage in joining the EuroAccessibility Consortium through IWA Italy, the Europe, Middle East and African centre for IWA/HWG.
IWA/HWG brings to the EuroAccessibility Consortium its membership of tens of thousands of practising Web developers, its online courses which are used to teach members about topics such as accessibility, and its experience as a W3C member working in many areas, such as the development of the next generation of HTML and working on WAI guidelines. It is formally represented in EuroAccessibility by IWA Italy, the European, Middle East and African coordination point for IWA/HWG, who among other achievements have worked closely with the Italian government on recently-introduced legislation which makes the work of W3C/WAI the formal basis for Web accessibility requirements in Italy, as part of the country’s commitment to the e-Europe program.
IWA/HWG representatives will participate in a number of areas of the EuroAccessibility work, extending the reach of its harmonisation and ensuring that EuroAccessibility and W3C/WAI work is widely recognised at all levels of industry in Europe.
The EuroAcessibility Consortium, launched in April this year, now numbers 25 European member organisations including IWA/HWG.
AbilityNet reports on the e-accessibility in UK
AbilityNet publish reports on the accessibility of WebSites in UK in several sectors.
There are now three eNation reports :
Technical meetings at RNIB produce new draft documents
2 December 2003
EuroAccessibility Task Forces 2 (evaluation tools) and Task Forces 3 (testing methodology) met face to face in London during the week of November 10-14. The meetings, hosted by the EuroAccessibility member the Royal National Institute of the Blind led to substantial progress in the work of each task force.
New draft documents from Task Force 2 include a work plan, a first draft of a method for testing evaluation tools, and list of tools that task force uses. Task Force 3 have made substantial progress in the development of their testing methodology.
With many EuroAccessibility members present, and a number of technical partners, this work represents an important step towards harmonising evaluation methodologies across Europe. Further inforamtion about the task forces is available from their pages in this site.
Support-EAM submitted to IST
16 October 2003
9 Members of EuroAccessibility have submitted an proposal to the IST 2nd Call, on behalf of the whole consortium. The objective is to support the creation of an e-Accessibility Quality Mark for Web services, as part of the Action Plan eEurope 2005.
Web for All, Germany, joins the EuroAccessibility
2 October 2003
Welcome to Web for All having been been elected as Member of our initiative.
EuroAccessibility: a first step toward a harmonised methodology for evaluating Web site accessibility
Web accessibility experts from across Europe have agreed on a harmonised approach for evaluating Web site accessibility. The 3-day technical workshop took place in Zeist (Netherlands) on the 23-25th September as part of a larger EuroAccessibility meeting.
The new EuroAccessibility document produced from this meeting is part of the evaluation procedure to test the accessibility of a Web site for people with disabilities and the elderly. This approach brings harmonisation a step closer in Europe, allowing a more inclusive society. The draft version of the document is made openly available for comments by anyone involved in making Web sites accessible on the TF3 pages of this WebSite.
This approach confirms EuroAccessibility’s commitment to the guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), as part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The EuroAccessibility Consortium was launched in Paris on April 28th to foster European co-operation toward an harmonised methodology for evaluating the accessibility of Web sites. This initiative was undertaken jointly by 23 organisations and the W3C/WAI.
Since that time, the consortium has been active :