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NDA IT Accessibility Guidelines NDA launched the NDA IT Accessibility Guidelines v1.1 x , in 2002. Through these guidelines NDA hope to motivate developed and managers of ICT projects to Page 7 of 13
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NDA E-Accessibility Legislation and Initiatives in Ireland adopt on inclusive design process for the development of their products. The guidelines aim to cover the widest range of ICT products possible and as such include websites, software applications, public access terminals and telecommunication devices. The website guidelines are closely based on the WAI WCAG 1.0. Each guidelines is comprises of: a statement an explanation of that statement rationale for why the guideline says what it does ie the issue that a peorson with a disability may encounter if this guidelines is not adhered to directions and techniques for how to incorporate the guideline’s direction in the product checks for how to ensure compliance with this guideline Effect of Guidelines It is difficult to gauge the effectiveness of the web component of these guidelines. They have been utilised by a number of developers in the two years since their publication. Web developers incorporating accessibility into a site design or redevelopment often tend to interpret accessibility guidelines literally without much understanding or consideration of why they say what they do. This happens, not though a lack of technical capacity, but rather through a lack of understanding of how people with disabilities use the web. For example, although most redeveloped websites will use alt text for images and table summaries for tables, frequently the value of the alt and summary attributes are nonsensical and provide little help to someone who is using a text-only or text-to-speech browser. In particular the excessive use of verbose alt attributes for presentational images can render a page almost unreadable for a screen-reader user. In a web survey of public sector webmasters carried out by the NDA in 2003, the primary reason cited for not including accessibility as a criterion in tenders and not conducting web accessibility audits during the design stage was lack of awareness . A recent accessibility report on public sector websites by Ennis Information Age Services xi found that of the sites audited Page 8 of 13
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NDA E-Accessibility Legislation and Initiatives in Ireland 41% had poor quality alts (WCAG 1.0 Priority 1) 48% had either average or poor page titles (WCAG Priority 2) 58% provided little scaling (WCAG Priority 2) 81 % had invalid HTML (WCAG Priority 2) Although there has been an increase in public awareness of accessibility in general and web accessibility in particular as evidenced by the increasing number of queries I receive from IT departments, this has yet to be transferred into a significant increase in the quality of the accessibility of public sector websites.
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  • Fall '12
  • LakoChristian
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Web accessibility, NDA

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