Can we fix the web?

Kolar, Irena ORCID logoORCID: and Whitney, Gill ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Can we fix the web? Sik-Lányi, Cecilia, Hoogerwerf, Evert-Jan, Miesenberger, Klaus and Cudd, Peter, eds. Volume 217: Assistive Technology: building bridges. In: 13th AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe) Conference, 09-12 Sept 2015, Budapest, Hungary. ISBN 9781614995654, e-ISBN 9781614995661. ISSN 0926-9630 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-566-1-127)


This paper reports on an innovative approach to facilitating the expedient reporting of web accessibility issues using volunteers. The aim of the Fix the Web website and project is not to replace existing formal methods of reporting inaccessible websites, but to provide an easy, informal way by which users with disabilities can report inaccessible websites quickly and can be assured that a volunteer on their behalf will take the issue up with the website owner or administrator. Fix the Web was launched in 2010 and from a small start has gone onto success in dealing with nearly 150 inaccessible websites. The results of an analysis of reports of inaccessible websites received by the Fix the Web are also presented and the practical benefits and limitations of using an informal approach to achieve accessibility are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Conference proceedings published in the series: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 217: Assistive technology
Keywords (uncontrolled): Website, accessibility, volunteers, reporting system
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 17783
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Depositing User: Gill Whitney
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 13:26
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 08:57

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