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Accessibility in a post-guideline era: a process-driven approach to access for all

Research into the accessibility of websites in the UK found that most sites fail to meet WCAG Level A.  The same research also found that 65% of the problems experienced by disabled people on the web are not covered by WCAG.  These discoveries led to the creation of a new specification (PAS 78) that provides a process for the creation of websites that disabled people can use.  In this presentation, Julie Howell (Fortune Cookie, formerly of RNIB will describe the legislative environment in the UK that led to the creation of the first British Standards specification for web accessibility and will consider the effectiveness and future of PAS78 two years on.

Julie Howell is Director of Accessibility at digital design agency Fortune Cookie. Prior to this she was the Digital Policy Development Manager at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Julie has worked with businesses, the public sector and government agencies to ensure the accessibility to disabled people of digital information products and services. She is Technical Author of the BSI specification for accessible web design, 'PAS 78'. Julie held the New Media Age Effectiveness Award for 'The Greatest Individual Contribution to New Media 2005/6'. In 2007, Julie received 'The Special Lifetime Achievement Award' at the Imperatives Digital Awards.

Invited Speaker Julie Howell Usability perspectives for General