[Accessibleweb] Building an accessible design learning community
Richard B. Ells
rells at u.washington.edu
Thu Dec 4 16:26:08 PST 2008
Maybe a more fun way to do this would be to ask for volunteers to nominate their sites for Acc Hack review.
We would then post the URL of the site, perhaps with an explanation of the design approach for the site from the site webmaster, on a blog and then invite various people with accessibility design viewpoints to comment on the posting.
We have a blog at
that is not getting much use.
Or we could set something else up somewhere. Too bad the SIG site wiki is so complicated to post comments on.
rells at u.washington.edu
From: Wendy Chisholm [mailto:chiswa at u.washington.edu]
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 1:27 PM
To: Richard B. Ells
Cc: 'accessibleweb at u.washington.edu'
Subject: Re: [Accessibleweb] Building an accessible design learning community
On Dec 2, 2008, at 4:10 PM, Richard B. Ells wrote:
> I like the idea. Could they be called "Acc-Hack Sessions"?
> How would we do this? A lot of sites have hundreds of pages.
> Would we just focus on the typical page, or maybe the templates for
> the different kinds of pages on a site?
We could leave it up to the person who brings a site or application
for review. In my experience, people usually arrive with good
questions about the issues they are trying to tackle.
The first step might be to ask people what they want help with then
figure out a time for a group of us to get together and work on a
> I keep encountering very nice UW sites well ahead of the curve.
> Maybe we could have a "Golden Spotlight" or "Leader Award" with
> critiques by accessible web gurus on what they like about it.
Collecting a list of good examples that people could look at and
learn from is really effective. Especially with comments from people
about what makes it accessible. I hear a lot of people asking for
something like this.
This reminds me that we were talking about running an AIR-like
competition (for those who want to know more about AIR: http://
I dropped the ball on that! While I think AIR is a fun idea, I like
the idea of answering people's specific questions and encouraging
everyone to move forward. Plus, I think it will take less resources
and potentially have a greater effect.
One outcome of the "acc hack sessions" should be documentation about
what was fixed and why--we would end up with a series of case studies.
> For example, take a look at http://iths.org/
> Bertine Easterling is working on it.
You're right, for the most part this looks like a great site. It's a
clean design. There's good use of CSS and most of the HTML is
semantic. I have a few suggestions, if they are interested in
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