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WAI-ACT

Project reference: 287725
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) - Cooperation Framework for Guidance on Advanced Technologies, Evaluation Methodologies, and Research Agenda Setting to Support eAccessibility [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2011-09-01 to 2014-08-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 1 567 718

EU contribution:

EUR 999 000

Coordinated in:

France

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7

Funding scheme:

CSA - Coordination & support action

Regarding web accessibility there is a need for expanded European and international cooperation on the development of solutions for people with disabilities; for consensus-based, authoritative technical guidance to accelerate implementation of advanced technologies; for internationally harmonised evaluation methodologies; and for supporting coordination of research agenda on eAccessibility. WAI-ACT will address these challenges through development of a framework for open, expanded cooperation among European and international stakeholders, technical guidance on advanced web technologies; an evaluation methodology for web accessibility; and a research agenda for eAccessibility. Technical guidance will include a repository of information on accessibility support in web technologies, application notes on authoring accessible web page components, and code samples for web applications. WAI-ACT will result in: expanded cooperation on the development of accessibility solutions; authoritative accessibility guidance on advanced web technologies; harmonised methodologies for evaluating accessibility of websites; common visions for a coordinated eAccessibility research agenda. WAI-ACT will be lead and will build upon the strengths of the existing World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) cooperation mechanisms to facilitate strategic European and international participation throughout the project. WAI-ACT will also seek active exchange with relevant networks in Europe such as eAccess+, and with standardisation activities such as EC Mandate M/376. 

Objective

WAI-ACT, a Cooperation Framework for Guidance on Advanced Technologies, Evaluation Methodologies, and Research Agenda Setting to Support eAccessibility, will address critical areas of advanced accessibility support through activities that build upon the strengths of past web accessibility work, harmonise existing work, and help shape a research agenda in coordination with key stakeholders in Europe and internationally.\nThere is a need for expanded European and international cooperation on the development of accessibility solutions for people with disabilities; for consensus-based, authoritative technical guidance to accelerate implementation of advanced technologies; for internationally harmonised evaluation methodologies; and for a coordinated research agenda on eAccessibility.\nWAI-ACT will address these challenges through development of a framework for open, expanded cooperation among European and international stakeholders, technical guidance on advanced web technologies; an evaluation methodology for web accessibility; and a research agenda for eAccessibility. Technical guidance will include a repository of information on accessibility support in web technologies, application notes on authoring accessible web page components, and code samples for web applications. WAI-ACT will result in:\n•\texpanded cooperation on the development of accessibility solutions;\n•\tauthoritative accessibility guidance on advanced web technologies;\n•\tharmonised methodologies for evaluating accessibility of websites;\n•\tcommon visions for a coordinated eAccessibility research agenda.\n\nWAI-ACT will be lead and will build upon the strengths of the existing World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) cooperation mechanisms to facilitate strategic European and international participation throughout the project. WAI-ACT will also seek active exchange with relevant networks in Europe such as eAccess+, and coordinate standardisation activities such as EC Mandate M/376.

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Coordinator

GEIE ERCIM
France
2004, ROUTE DES LUCIOLES SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS
BIOT, France
Administrative contact: Shadi Abou Zahra
Tel.: +43 1 2637081
Fax: +33 4 92387822
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Austria
ALTENBERGERSTRASSE 69
LINZ, Austria
Administrative contact: Klaus Miesenberger
Tel.: +43 7 3224689232
Fax: +43 7 3224689322
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany
Hansastrasse
MUENCHEN, Germany
Administrative contact: Sidonie Holborn-Hanßen
Tel.: +49 2241 14 1968
Fax: +49 2241 14 2386
E-mail
STICHTING ACCESSIBILITY
Netherlands
OUDENOORD
UTRECHT, Netherlands
Administrative contact: Eric Velleman
Tel.: +31 3 02398270
E-mail
Record Number: 100705 / Last updated on: 2014-09-09