ITU Workshop “Best practices for an Accessible Web” at 4th IGF Meeting
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 17 November 2009
The workshop is organized as an activity of the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD). This year the ITU will organize two workshops: one on the
"Global Internet access for persons with disabilities", is organized in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union; the second one will be focused on the best practices for web accessibility
"Best practices for an Accessible Web". Both workshops will highlight the necessity to make the Internet accessible to all, regardless of individual capabilities of different users.
The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability. When the Web meets this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability, and provides unprecedented opportunities for people with disabilities to equally participate in the information society.
This workshop explores best practices in Web accessibility including in standardization, implementation, and business case development. The goal is to promote one Web that is accessible for all users including people with disabilities.
ITU is one of the founder Members of the DCAD. The aim of the DCAD is to facilitate interaction between relevant bodies, and ensure that ICT accessibility is included in the key debates around Internet Governance in order to build a future where all sectors of the global community have equal access to the Information Society.
Organized by ITU
Sami Al-Basheer, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
- Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): “International Standards for Web Accessibility”
- Dipendra Manocha, Daisy Consortium: Documents on the web: can every one read them
- Jorge Plano, ISOC Argentina: “Common Mistakes in Web Development and Avoiding Them” (presented by C. Waddell)
- Peter Major, “A Survey of Accessibility Errors on Homepages of Official Government Websites”
Information and Documentation
- Mr. Jonathan Charles, BBC World