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ITU Workshop “Best practices for an Accessible Web” at 4th IGF Meeting
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 17 November 2009 Contact:
Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): “International Standards for Web Accessibility”

The W3C/WAI Web Accessibility Guidelines are internationally recognized by organizations and governments as the standard for access for people with disabilities on the Web. This presentation introduces these standards, how they interoperate with other W3C web standards, and how they can be used to ensure a Web for all users.

Dipendra Manocha, Daisy Consortium: Documents on the web: can every one read them

Web sites are an excellent medium for distribution of documents such as reports, brochures, books, forms, etc. There fore, the accessibility of web sites will not be complete if the documents downloadable from the web sites are not made accessible. A large collection of digital documents are also found on the Digital Libraries.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines provide the standards to make the web sites accessible. Similarly, the DAISY Standards provide standards to make the Digital Documents accessible to all.

A single distribution format of a digital document may not serve all purpose. There fore, DAISY introduces the concept of single source--multiple distribution formats. For example, a PDF document may be good for hard copy printing requirements, how ever, same document may be distributed as an epub format which provides rich reading experience not only on a computer but also on portable digital document reading devices such as the Sony Reader etc or the mobile phone. Single source – multiple format concepts also opens options of producing formats such as Braille or talking book from the same source file which is used for producing a normal print document or a PDF file. DAISY Source documents and distribution documents can easily be adopted and are compatible with various kinds of assistive technologies.

Adopting DAISY Standards for source documents also makes the task of producing this source document easier. Save as DAISY option is being introduced in many software such as the MS Word, Open Office, In-Design, etc. Due to this, production of the DAISY Source document is no longer a specialized job. It is some thing that every individual who knows how to use a word processor can do.

Introduction of word processor template or document writing guidelines can not only make task of creating this source document very easy but also bring in standardization in the formatting of documents in any organization.

For details on DAISY Standards and guidelines on structure guidelines, visit The technical support team of DAISY Consortium can also provide support in formulating standard procedures and document formatting guidelines for any organization.

Jorge Plano, ISOC Argentina: “Common Mistakes in Web Development and Avoiding Them” (presented by C. Waddell)

Most of the websites are developed without taking care of accessibility hence they tend to include many barriers. This presentation will show some of the most common mistakes that provoke barriers.

Finally it will be proposed strategies for web development that lead toward getting websites that show adequate accessibility characteristics.

Peter Major, “A Survey of Accessibility Errors on Homepages of Official Government Websites”

The UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities has been ratified by more than 70 countries and signed by 143 countries. To check compliance with certain parts of the Convention, accessibility errors on the homepages of official government websites have been examined. The results of the survey, distribution of errors worldwide and by continents, is shown in this presentation. Analysis of the typical errors is given. The survey is the starting point to raise awareness in enforcing recommendations to create accessible websites.


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