This project will increase accessibility of the Web in Europe thru activities that support and accompany the technical and guidelines development work done at W3C/WAI, with educational and tools-related Work packages that are specific to the European context. This is an accompanying measure for the technical activities of W3C/WAI.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
W3C proposes to combine its own membership funds with those of the European Commission IST Framework to ensure that advances in Web technologies remove, rather than reinforce, accessibility barriers.
In order to increase the overall accessibility of the Web in Europe, we are planning to:
- increase the extent of participation of Europeans in the international activities of other promoting Web accessibility through the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) so as to increase the activity within Europe dedicated to Web accessibility and at the same time increase the relevance to the European situation of the international W3C/WAI work;
- increase awareness and implementation of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines on Web sites within Europe, in order to increase the usability of European Web sites by people with disabilities;
- increase the implementation of the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines in Web authoring tools used in Europe, so that people producing Web sites will more automatically be able to create accessible sites using these tools.
Activities through month 4 establish subcontractors, communication, and outreach contacts, resulting in framework for activities.
Activities from month 4 to 12 include localization of materials, reviews of Web sites, presentations, technical assistance, resulting in broader awareness of resources.
Month 12 includes assessment of impact, updated timeline, annual report.
Months 13 to 24 include localization of materials; presentations, dissemination of WCAG & ATAG information, resulting in increased implementation of resources.
Month 24 includes assessment of impact & final report.