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      ALT Text and Basic Accessibility

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      Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK (HCI)

      British HCI Group Annual Conference

      3 - 7 September 2007

      Web Development, accessibility compliance

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            Recent surveys have shown that the majority of websites are not accessible. Despite legal obligations and the importance of the internet for disabled people, most websites fail to reach a basic level of accessibility, yet web developers are not short of accessibility guidelines and recommendations. This preliminary study consists of a meta-review of web accessibility studies in order to identify a set of common barriers faced by the impaired. Automated testing, of websites created by recent multimedia graduates in their final semester, confirms these problems. In particular non-use, and incorrect use, of ALT (alternative) text emerges as the most frequent, basic error. We conclude that ALT is a litmus test of developers' attitudes towards accessibility and propose future work to identify how to understand and improve these attitudes

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            Conference
            September 2007
            September 2007
            : 1-4
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            [0001]Napier University, Edinburgh.

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            Edinburgh EH11 1PN, UK

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            10.14236/ewic/HCI2007.64
            20c379cb-3d68-44b7-933c-022831d308b2
            © Tom McEwan et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK

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            Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK
            HCI
            21
            Lancaster, UK
            3 - 7 September 2007
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            British HCI Group Annual Conference
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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