Overview of content related to 'web accessibility initiative' http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/taxonomy/term/14030/0?article-type=&term=&organisation=&project=&author=&issue= RSS feed with Ariadne content related to specified tag en Bring Your Own Policy: Why Accessibility Standards Need to Be Contextually Sensitive http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue71/kelly-et-al <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue71/kelly-et-al#author1">Brian Kelly</a>, <a href="/issue71/kelly-et-al#author2">Jonathan Hassell</a>, <a href="/issue71/kelly-et-al#author3">David Sloan</a>, <a href="/issue71/kelly-et-al#author4">Dominik Lukeš</a>, <a href="/issue71/kelly-et-al#author5">E A Draffan</a> and <a href="/issue71/kelly-et-al#author6">Sarah Lewthwaite</a> argue that rather than having a universal standard for Web accessibility, standardisation of Web accessibility practices and policies needs to be sufficiently flexible to cater for the local context.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Initiatives to enhance Web accessibility have previously focused on the development of guidelines which apply on a global basis. Legislation at national and international levels increasingly mandate conformance with such guidelines. However large scale surveys have demonstrated the failure of such approaches to produce any significant impact.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue71/kelly-et-al" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue71 feature article brian kelly david sloan dominik lukes ea draffan jonathan hassell sarah lewthwaite iso kings college london london metropolitan university oracle ukoln university of bath university of dundee university of southampton w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility agile development blog browser bs8878 cookie data doi e-learning ead framework ict mobile research responsive design social networks software standardisation standards usability video wcag web resources web services web standards youtube Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:13:42 +0000 lisrw 2475 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Editorial Introduction to Issue 70 http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue70/editorial <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue70/editorial#author1">The editor</a> introduces readers to the content of <em>Ariadne</em> Issue 70.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Issue 70 of <em>Ariadne </em>which is full to the brim with feature articles and a wide range of event reports and book reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue70/editorial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue70 editorial richard waller alt amazon google hefce jisc portico rdwg ukoln university of oxford w3c ark project jisc information environment jusp liparm rdmrose web accessibility initiative wikipedia accessibility aggregation archives bs8878 controlled vocabularies data data management database digital curation digitisation ejournal framework higher education identifier internet explorer jstor licence metadata microsoft reporting services mobile open access perl portal preservation privacy raptor repositories research resource management schema search technology software standardisation standards sushi wcag web resources web services wiki xml xml schema Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:20:23 +0000 lisrw 2417 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk 'Does He Take Sugar?': The Risks of Standardising Easy-to-read Language http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue70/kelly-et-al <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue70/kelly-et-al#author1">Brian Kelly</a>, <a href="/issue70/kelly-et-al#author2">Dominik Lukeš</a> and <a href="/issue70/kelly-et-al#author3">Alistair McNaught</a> highlight the risks of attempting to standardise easy-to-read language for online resources.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The idea that if we could only improve how we communicate, there would be less misunderstanding among people is as old as the hills. Historically, this notion has been expressed through things like school reform, spelling reform, publication of communication manuals, etc. The most radical expression of the desire for better understanding is the invention of a whole new artificial language with the intention of providing a universal language for humanity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue70/kelly-et-al" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue70 feature article alistair mcnaught brian kelly dominik lukes alt alt-c bbc google jisc jisc techdis rdwg ukoln university of bath w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility algorithm blog bs8878 dissemination doi e-learning framework higher education internet explorer multimedia operating system research search technology software standards vocabularies wcag web 2.0 web resources Sat, 15 Dec 2012 15:18:25 +0000 lisrw 2431 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Book Review: Access, Delivery, Performance - The Future of Libraries Without Walls http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue64/day-rvw <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue64/day-rvw#author1">Michael Day</a> reviews a Festschrift celebrating the work of Professor Peter Brophy, founder of the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is normal in some subject disciplines to publish volumes of edited papers in honour of a respected colleague, usually to mark a significant birthday or career change. The contributors to such Festschriften<a href="#editors-note">*</a> are usually made up of former colleagues or pupils of the person being honoured. This volume celebrates the work of Professor Peter Brophy, the founder of the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM), which since 1998 has been based at the Manchester Metropolitan University. This volume contains twelve chapters written by sixteen contributors, many of them colleagues or ex-colleagues of Professor Brophy.</p> <p>Peter Brophy has had an outstanding career both as a librarian and researcher. Alan MacDougall, Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University provides an outline in the opening chapter. A career that started at the Library Research Unit at Lancaster University in the early 1970s progressed to professional posts at Strathclyde University and Teeside Polytechnic, before Brophy eventually became Librarian at Bristol Polytechnic. From there, he moved to the University of Central Lancashire in 1989, where in 1993 he set up CERLIM. A selected bibliography of works by Professor Brophy fills eleven pages at the end of the volume, revealing the range and diversity of his research interests over the past few decades.</p> <p>The contexts of the early years of Professor Brophy's career are sketched in more detail in the opening chapter by Michael Buckland, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Buckland was a colleague of Brophy's at the Library Research Unit at Lancaster in the early 1970s.This chapter gives a good flavour of how library and information research was undertaken in this time when the libraries at what were then 'new universities' had an active interest in innovation and when almost all library research in the UK was funded by the Office for Scientific and Technical Information of the Department of Education and Science.</p> <h2 id="Libraries_and_e-Learning">Libraries and e-Learning</h2> <p>The remainder of the book is organised into four broad themes. The first covers libraries' role in supporting e-learning. The opening chapter in this section is by Gill Needham and Nicky Whitsed of the Open University. It is a series of reflections on a decade of developing library services for distance learners. Starting with the Follett Report of 1993 [<a href="#1">1</a>], the chapter identifies three main phases in the Open University's approach to delivering services to around 200,000 students and 8,000 tutors. The first phase was concerned with fairness; knowing exactly when to introduce online services at a time when a majority of Open University students did not have access to the relevant technologies or skills and when many tutors were reluctant to change their traditional ways of working. Responses to this included the development of library-mediated collections of quality-controlled Internet resources, supplemented by an online skills tutorial focused on generic information skills. Despite all of this, actual use of online resources remained relatively low (p. 30). The second phase, therefore, was mainly about integrating online services more deeply into the core learning activities of courses. The focus switched to the training of tutors and the integration of information resources within the university's emerging virtual learning environment (VLE), based on Moodle. In the interim, a pilot project using the open source MyLibrary software was found to be useful in helping to integrate library services into the learning experiences of individual students. The third phase - which Needham and Whitsed note is still ongoing - concerns the embedding of information literacy and resource-based learning concepts within the university more widely. The chapter ends with some comments on the, perhaps inevitable, tension between the 'invisible library' – 'quietly and strategically … [insinuating] resources and services into all those places where they have the most impact' - and the need to defend library budgets and status within the wider institution (pp. 35-36).</p> <p>The following chapter, by Professor David Baker of the University College Plymouth St Mark and St John, is a general overview of the development of e-learning technologies in UK Higher Education over the past decade. Starting again with Follett, Baker explains how e-learning concepts and technologies have been taken up, focusing in particular on the facilitating role taken by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in providing a national-level approach to the provision of both infrastructure (e.g., networks, access management tools) and content. In addition, the chapter refers to a number of JISC-funded programmes and initiatives focused on breaking down the barriers that prevent the sharing and re-use of e-learning content. The final sections look at some wider factors influencing the current transformation of learning, teaching and assessment practices. These include the need to integrate institutional services like VLEs with the generic social networking tools and mobile devices familiar to new generations of learners. However, successful integration is not just a matter of technology but of overcoming cultural differences. Baker uses a synthesis of the JISC-funded Learner Experiences of e-Learning projects [<a href="#2">2</a>] to note that there might have been 'an increasing "divide" between the needs, expectations and wishes of the learners and the expectations of the teachers, who were more "traditional" and perhaps not engaged with e-learning in the same way' (p. 49).</p> <p></p><p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue64/day-rvw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue64 review michael day british library cerlim google jisc manchester metropolitan university mla open university oreilly rnib talis ukoln university of bath university of brighton university of california berkeley university of central lancashire victoria university w3c jisc information environment web accessibility initiative accessibility archives bibliographic data cataloguing controlled vocabularies digital library e-learning facebook flickr framework higher education infrastructure knowledge management metadata mobile moodle open source preservation repositories research semantic web software vle vocabularies wcag web 2.0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1580 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Book Review: Web Accessibility http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue56/white-rvw <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue56/white-rvw#author1">Martin White</a> reviews a book that provides advice for managers on how to ensure that Web sites, intranets and library services are fully compliant with guidelines and legislation on accessibility.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many books on Web accessibility but they tend to come at the subject from quite a narrow area of Web design. This is especially true of books published in the USA, a country which has quite limited Federal legislation on the need to implement accessible Web sites and intranets. It is a subject that should be of passionate interest to our profession in its commitment to providing access to information to all who request it. We not only have a duty under legislation to provide accessible access but, as the back cover of the book highlights, also a moral duty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue56/white-rvw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue56 review martin white cerlim intranet focus ltd jisc jisc techdis manchester metropolitan university microsoft rnib ukoln university of bath university of dundee university of southampton web accessibility initiative accessibility bibliographic data content management cookie digital media html intranet microsoft office research search technology sharepoint software standards web resources Tue, 29 Jul 2008 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1426 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Editorial Introduction to Issue 44: One Day We All Learn the Hard Way http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/editorial <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue44/editorial#author1">Richard Waller</a> introduces Ariadne issue 44.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having opined elsewhere in this august organ that it would not be my policy to produce themed issues, I suppose I had better put my hand up at least to accumulating a majority of main articles which address the theme of accessibility from various and interesting perspectives. Having argued on the grounds that <em>Ariadne</em> issues which concentrate unduly on one topic inevitably leave a lot of readers feeling excluded, I can see that that the majority of readers who do not live with significant visual, physical or other impairments will feel hurt and almost certainly betrayed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/editorial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue44 editorial richard waller bbc jisc mla ukoln university of oxford w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility archives blog cataloguing content management data e-learning firefox framework infrastructure licence mobile research virtual research environment wcag Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1106 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Involving Users in the Development of a Web Accessibility Tool http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/craven <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue44/craven#author1">Jenny Craven</a> and <a href="/issue44/craven#author2">Mikael Snaprud</a> describe how the EC-funded European Internet Accessibility Observatory Project is involving users in the development of a Web accessibility checking and monitoring tool.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The European Union (EU) is increasingly focused on design for all issues and ensuring that access to information and telecommunications meets the needs of all people in order to address the digital divide and create an information society for all. This includes the estimated 37 million people with disabilities in the EU, as well as other groups who could face barriers to e-inclusion such as older people and people with access limitations. This could include users of alternative devices (e.g. PDAs) or with limited bandwidth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/craven" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue44 feature article jenny craven mikael snaprud alt cerlim cetis d-lib magazine manchester metropolitan university university of agder w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility data database digital library dissemination flash framework information society javascript licence mobile mobile phone multimedia open source portal research schema search technology software wcag web standards Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1161 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Accessibility Revealed: The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Audit http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/petrie-weisen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue44/petrie-weisen#author1">Marcus Weisen</a>, <a href="/issue44/petrie-weisen#author2">Helen Petrie</a>, <a href="/issue44/petrie-weisen#author3">Neil King</a> and <a href="/issue44/petrie-weisen#author4">Fraser Hamilton</a> describe a comprehensive Web accessibility audit involving extensive user testing as well as automatic testing of Web sites.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2004, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) commissioned a Web accessibility audit from City University London. MLA is the national development agency working for and on behalf of museums, libraries and archives in England and advising government on policy and priorities for the sector. The audit was inspired by a study conducted by City University London in 2003/2004 on the accessibility of 1,000 general Web sites for the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) [<a href="#1">1</a>].</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/petrie-weisen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue44 feature article fraser hamilton helen petrie marcus weisen neil king alt city university london mla ukoln university of leicester web accessibility initiative accessibility archives browser data digitisation e-government framework graphics higher education html ict plain text research software wcag web development web services windows Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1162 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Towards a Pragmatic Framework for Accessible E-Learning http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/phipps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue44/phipps#author1">Lawrie Phipps</a>, <a href="/issue44/phipps#author2">Neil Witt</a> and <a href="/issue44/phipps#author3">Brian Kelly</a> while recognising the importance of accessibility in e-learning resources, query the universal applicability of the Web Accessibility Initiative's guidelines and describe a pragmatic framework which provides a broader context for their use.</p> </div> </div> </div> <h2 id="From_Well_Meaning_Guideline_to_Stealth_Standard">From Well Meaning Guideline to Stealth Standard</h2> <p>Access to learning for all students is a value that is hard to dispute for anyone working in the education sector. Within the areas of education that are concerned with supporting disabled students, it has almost become dogma that in order to provide this 'universal access' we must have standards in design that can accommodate all (disabled) learner needs. This view is supported by legislation:</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/phipps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue44 feature article brian kelly lawrie phipps neil witt alt jisc ukoln university of bath university of plymouth w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility e-learning framework further education higher education ict identifier interoperability research standards wcag web development Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1164 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Evaluating Web Sites for Accessibility With Firefox http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/lauke <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue44/lauke#author1">Patrick Lauke</a> outlines how Mozilla Firefox can be used in conjunction with the Web Developer Toolbar to carry out a preliminary accessibility review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a previous issue of <em>Ariadne</em> [<a href="#1">1</a>], I gave a brief overview of <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/">Mozilla Firefox</a> [<a href="#2">2</a>] and introduced a few of its most useful extensions. In this article, we will use one of these extensions, <a href="http://www.chrispederick.com/work/firefox/webdeveloper/">Chris Pederick's Web Developer toolbar</a> [<a href="#3">3</a>], to aid us in a preliminary assessment of a web site's accessibility.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/lauke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue44 tooled up patrick lauke alt microsoft university of salford w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility browser css data firefox html internet explorer java javascript jpg search technology wcag web development Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1172 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Focus: The WWW 2005 Conference http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/web-focus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue44/web-focus#author1">Brian Kelly</a> provides his impressions including reports of areas of doubt and uncertainty - but also of an exciting new development.</p> </div> </div> </div> <h2 id="About_the_WWW_2005_Conference">About the WWW 2005 Conference</h2> <p>The WWW 2005 Conference was held in the Nippon Conference Centre in Chiba, Japan over 10-14 May 2005. This conference is the main event for the Web research community and provides an opportunity for researchers to present papers on research into developments in the Web infrastructure. In addition to its role for the research community, the conference also attracts delegates who are active in leading edge work in more mainstream areas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue44/web-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue44 tooled up brian kelly ukoln university of bath w3c iwmw web accessibility initiative accessibility adobe aggregation blog browser data foaf framework html infrastructure instant messaging metadata microformats mobile open data podcast rdf research rss semantic web soap standardisation vcard wcag web app web development web resources web services wiki xhtml xml Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1173 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk The Institutional Web Management Workshop 2004 http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue41/iwmw2004-rpt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue41/iwmw2004-rpt#author1">Tracey Stanley</a> reports on the 8th Institutional Web Management Workshop at the University of Birmingham over 27-29 July. The theme of this year's workshop was Transforming the Organisation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 8th Institutional Web Management Workshop provided an entertaining mix of new ideas, challenges, controversy and debate, this year in a Birmingham setting. The sub-title for the conference - <em>Transforming the Organisation</em> - was well chosen. The Web is now 'mission critical' in all of our organisations, and the workshop gave us all ample opportunity to reflect on how the Web is transforming our organisational and working practices and changing every aspect of our professional lives.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue41/iwmw2004-rpt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue41 event report tracey stanley amazon jisc oss watch university of leeds web accessibility initiative accessibility blog content management e-business e-learning foaf instant messaging intranet mobile mp3 open source portal research social networks software usability web development wiki Fri, 29 Oct 2004 23:00:00 +0000 editor 1093 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk WebWatch: How Accessible Are Australian University Web Sites? http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue38/alexander <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue38/alexander#author1">Dey Alexander</a> reports on a recent study of the accessibility of Australian university Web sites.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This article reports on a recent study of the accessibility of Australian university Web sites. A selection of key pages from all 45 Australian tertiary education Web sites were analysed to assess their compliance with basic accessibility standards, as required by Australian anti-discrimination legislation. The results--98% of sites failed to comply--suggest that Australian university Web sites are likely to present significant barriers to access for people with disabilities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue38/alexander" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue38 regular column dey alexander alt australian national university griffith university microsoft monash university newcastle university queensland university of technology university of queensland university of southern queensland university of sydney w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility adobe browser css data data set doc document format flash gif graphics html identifier intellectual property internet explorer java javascript ocr operating system plain text research rtf software standards stylesheet url usability video wcag windows Fri, 30 Jan 2004 00:00:00 +0000 editor 1012 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Developing and Publicising a Workable Accessibility Strategy http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue38/phipps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue38/phipps#author1">Lawrie Phipps</a>, <a href="/issue38/phipps#author2">Sue Harrison</a>, <a href="/issue38/phipps#author3">David Sloan</a> and <a href="/issue38/phipps#author4">Betty Willder</a> look at the increasing need for developers of institutional and educational Web sites to develop and follow a strategy for ensuring optimal accessibility of online content.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This article looks at the increasing need for developers of institutional and educational Web sites to develop and follow a strategy for ensuring optimal accessibility of online content. In particular the need is stressed for careful thought about the aims of such a strategy, and to ensure that the strategy meets a balance between ambition, legal responsibility and equitable access to learning and teaching.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue38/phipps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue38 tooled up betty willder david sloan lawrie phipps sue harrison alt jisc jisc techdis w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility browser digital media e-learning further education higher education ict multimedia operating system research software standards usability wcag web development Fri, 30 Jan 2004 00:00:00 +0000 editor 1013 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Herding Tigers, Part II http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue38/ltg-tigers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue38/ltg-tigers#author1">Sophie Clarke</a> describes an event designed to share ideas on accessibility, evaluation and the use of learning technology standards.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>'Herding Tigers' was held at Oxford University Computing Services on the 17 December 2003, with a theme of <em>Best practice in e-Learning development</em>. This was the second event of its type organised by the University's <a href="http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/">Learning Technologies Group</a> [<a href="#1">1</a>], the previous year's having had a slightly different focus on raising awareness and collaborative working between e-Learning practitioners and academics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue38/ltg-tigers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue38 event report sophie clarke jisc oxford university computing services ukoln university college london university of oxford web accessibility initiative accessibility blog e-learning interoperability lams learning design learning objects ms word repositories schema software vocabularies xml xml schema Fri, 30 Jan 2004 00:00:00 +0000 editor 1017 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Focus: WWW 2003 Trip Report http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue36/web-focus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue36/web-focus#author1">Brian Kelly</a> writes on the recent WWW 2003 conference and outlines some of the latest Web developments.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>WWW 2003 was the 12th in the series of international World Wide Web conferences organised by the IW3C2 (the International World Wide Web Conference Committee). The international WWW conferences provide an opportunity for the Web research community to describe their research activities. Other tracks at the conference cover areas such as cultural resources, e-learning, accessibility, etc. In addition W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium) gives a series of presentations which describe many of the new Web standards being developed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue36/web-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue36 regular column brian kelly cerlim manchester metropolitan university ukoln university of bath university of southampton w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility avi browser copyright css data dom dtd e-learning foaf higher education html mathml metadata rae rdf research semantic web smil standards stylesheet svg url video visualisation vocabularies wcag web app web browser web development web services web standards xhtml xml Tue, 29 Jul 2003 23:00:00 +0000 editor 975 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Focus: Interfaces to Web Testing Tools http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue34/web-focus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue34/web-focus#author1">Brian Kelly</a> looks at interfaces to Web testing tools, and in particular at Bookmarklets - simple extensions to browsers which enhance functionality.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the last issue of <em>Ariadne</em> the Web Focus column encouraged Web developers to "get serious about HTML standards" <a href="#ref-01">[1]</a>. The article advocated use of XHTML and highlighted the importance of documents complying with standards.</p> <p>Many authors of Web resources would agree with this in principle, but find it difficult to implement in practice: use of validation tools seem to require launching a new application or going to a new location in a Web browser and copying and pasting a URL. This can be time-consuming and so is often not carried out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue34/web-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue34 tooled up brian kelly alt google microsoft ukoln university of bath w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility apache browser css dom dublin core ejournal google search html internet explorer javascript metadata open source opera search technology standards url web browser web resources xhtml Wed, 15 Jan 2003 00:00:00 +0000 editor 931 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Focus: Let's Get Serious about HTML Standards http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue33/web-focus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue33/web-focus#author1">Brian Kelly</a> encourages authors to treat compliance with HTML standards seriously.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you talk to long-established Web authors or those responsible for managing large Web sites or developing Web applications intended for widespread use in a heterogeneous environment you are likely to find that the need for compliance with Web standards is well-understood.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue33/web-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue33 tooled up brian kelly apple ibm microsoft ukoln university of bath w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility adobe archives browser content management cookie dtd higher education html internet explorer interoperability linux mathml microsoft office namespace open source openoffice software standards url utf-8 web app web browser web development web resources web standards windows xhtml xml xslt Wed, 09 Oct 2002 23:00:00 +0000 editor 916 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Watch: An Accessibility Analysis of UK University Entry Points http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue33/web-watch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue33/web-watch#author1">Brian Kelly</a> reports on the accessibility of entry points of UK University Web sites.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA) came into effect on 1 <sup>st</sup> September 2002. The Act removes the previous exemption of education from the Disability Discrimination Act (1995), ensuring that discrimination against disabled students will be unlawful. Institutions will incur additional responsibilities in 2003, with the final sections of legislation coming into effect in 2005 <a href="#ref-01">[1]</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue33/web-watch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue33 tooled up brian kelly alt bbc birkbeck college birmingham city university central school of speech and drama courtauld institute of art de montfort university edinburgh college of art glasgow school of art goldsmiths college imperial college london kings college london leeds metropolitan university liverpool john moores university london business school london school of economics manchester metropolitan university nottingham trent university open university queens university belfast robert gordon university rose bruford college royal academy of music royal agricultural college royal college of art royal college of music royal conservatoire of scotland royal holloway royal northern college of music royal veterinary college royal welsh college of music and drama school of oriental and african studies south bank university surrey institute of art & design ukoln university college london university of bath university of bristol university of cambridge university of central lancashire university of east london university of london university of oxford university of sheffield university of surrey university of the west of england university of wales university of west london w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility browser data dtd flash higher education html identifier javascript research software url web resources Wed, 09 Oct 2002 23:00:00 +0000 editor 918 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Newsline: News You Can Use http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue33/newsline <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following the success of the previous two Public Library Web Managers Workshops, UKOLN is proud to announce the third workshop to be held at the University of Bath in November 2002.</p> <p>This event offers the chance to step back, look at the bigger picture, and see how public library websites fit into the government's plans to make all services electronically available by 2005. To quote the DTLR consultation paper: e-gov@local, e-Government is about 'putting citizens and customers at the heart of everything we do' .</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue33/newsline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue33 news and events shirley keane jisc kings college london newcastle university rnib ukoln university of bath university of birmingham university of oxford w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility archives collection description copyright digitisation e-government e-science graphics higher education ict intellectual property national library research resource discovery search technology Wed, 09 Oct 2002 23:00:00 +0000 editor 922 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Development of Digital Libraries for Blind and Visually Impaired People http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue30/ifla <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue30/ifla#author1">Jennie Craven</a> reports on the IFLA/SLB conference in Washington in August 2001.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2001 IFLA pre-conference SLB took place in Washington with a theme of <i>Digital Libraries for the Blind and the Culture of Learning in the Information Age </i>[1]. Papers delivered at the 2001 conference were from a wide range of subjects relating to digital libraries for the blind. Subject areas included meeting the educational needs of children and youth through libraries for the blind, digital library services and education, creating inclusive models of service and building small digital libraries for the blind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue30/ifla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue30 event report jennie craven cerlim ifla library of congress manchester metropolitan university microsoft w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility browser cataloguing database digital library dublin core ebook national library research search technology standards url Fri, 25 Jan 2002 00:00:00 +0000 editor 859 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Accessibility: CHI 2001 and Beyond http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue28/chi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue28/chi#author1">Leona Carpenter</a> reports on the key issue of accessibility as covered at the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Conference held in Seattle, and also provides a round-up of sources of further information.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The “CHI” series of conferences sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM-SIGCHI) [<a href="#1">1</a>], in partnership with, among others, the British HCI Group, is the premier international conference on human aspects of computing. <i>CHI2001: anyone.</i></p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue28/chi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue28 feature article leona carpenter georgia institute of technology ibm jisc microsoft rnib sun microsystems ukoln university of dundee university of wisconsin web accessibility initiative accessibility archives bibliographic data browser cd-rom digital media ebook geospatial data gis html ict information architecture information society infrastructure mobile national library research software standards tablet computer url usability video windows Thu, 21 Jun 2001 23:00:00 +0000 editor 800 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Understanding the Searching Process for Visually Impaired Users of the Web (NoVA) http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue26/craven <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue26/craven#author1">Jenny Craven</a> gives an overview of the Resource funded NoVA project (Non-visual access to the digital library).</p> </div> </div> </div> <h3 id="Background_to_the_NoVA_project">Background to the NoVA project</h3> <p>It is recognised that in order to participate fully in today’s society it is vital that citizens are not excluded for any reason, whether by virtue of birth, belief, aptitude or circumstance. Exclusion takes many forms and must be countered in many different ways.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue26/craven" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue26 feature article jenny craven british library cerlim manchester metropolitan university rnib university of manchester w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility cataloguing data digital library framework graphics higher education hypertext national library research search technology software url Wed, 10 Jan 2001 00:00:00 +0000 editor 753 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk In Vision: The Internet As a Resource for Visually Impaired People http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue24/in-vision <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue24/in-vision#author1">Ann Chapman</a> on the Internet as a resource for visually impaired people: a survey of accessible sites, resources, current research and software.</p> </div> </div> </div> <h3 id="Introduction">Introduction</h3> <p>Until recently, visually impaired people (VIP) were poorly served by the library and information provision that is routinely available to sighted people. They have relied to a great extent on specialist voluntary organisations transcribing a limited range of materials into accessible formats. This situation is changing with advances in technology and recent initiatives on social inclusion. Increasingly visually impaired people will be able to locate and use information independently, as sighted people already do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue24/in-vision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue24 feature article ann chapman bbc british library cerlim ibm ifla library association library of congress manchester metropolitan university rnib ukoln university of bath w3c isle project gutenberg web accessibility initiative accessibility archives ascii bibliographic data browser cataloguing cd-rom copyright data database digital audio file format further education graphics html ict internet explorer java linux metadata multimedia national library ocr opac operating system optical character recognition perl portal repositories research resource discovery search technology software standards url video Thu, 22 Jun 2000 23:00:00 +0000 editor 701 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk DISinHE: Web Content Accessibility http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue21/disinhe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue21/disinhe#author1">Paul Booth</a> discusses Web content accessibility.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The web is one of the most rapidly developing media for communication and information storage and retrieval available today. Many people with extra-ordinary needs (such as users of palm-tops, legacy systems, and car-based systems, as well as disabled people using special technology) are restricted from access to the information available on the web, due to poor design caused by both a lack of information and sources of good advice for developers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue21/disinhe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue21 regular column paul booth alt jisc massachusetts institute of technology ukoln university of bath w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility copyright css higher education html hypertext multimedia url video Wed, 22 Sep 1999 23:00:00 +0000 editor 635 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Focus: Report on "Institutional Web Management Next Steps" Workshop http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue21/web-focus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue21/web-focus#author1">Brian Kelly</a> reports on the latest "Institutional Web Management Workshop," this year called: "The Next Steps."</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The "<em>Institutional Web Management: The Next Steps</em>" workshop took place at Goldsmiths College, London on 7-9 September 1999. This was the third annual event for institutional web managers which has been organised by UK Web Focus. The first workshop was held over 2 day (16/17 July 1997) at Kings College London. As described in the workshop report published in Ariadne <a href="#ref-01">[1]</a> the event attracted a total of 95 participants. The workshop provided a valuable opportunity for web editors to meet their peers at other institutions and compare experiences.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue21/web-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue21 tooled up brian kelly amazon ciac goldsmiths college jisc kings college london microsoft newcastle university open university rnib ukerna ukoln university of bath university of cambridge university of essex university of glasgow university of kent university of oxford university of ulster w3c web accessibility initiative accessibility apache archives authentication browser content management copyright css data database digital media e-business flash higher education html hypertext internet explorer intranet java ldap mailbase metadata mobile ms word multimedia open source opera operating system portal rdf repositories research search technology smil software solaris url video web browser web development web services windows xml xslt Wed, 22 Sep 1999 23:00:00 +0000 editor 645 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Focus: Report on the WWW 8 Conference http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue20/web-focus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue20/web-focus#author1">Brian Kelly</a> discusses WWW8 in Toronto, which took place in May 1999.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Eighth World Wide Web Conference (WWW8) was on a smaller scale than in the past few years. The numbers of delegates seemed to be down, and there was no accompanying exhibition. The conference appeared to be refocussing on the web research community, with delegates from commercial companies more likely to be software developers than marketing types. This refocussing also seemed to be reflected in the conference papers, which, as a number of people commented, seemed to be of a higher quality this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue20/web-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue20 tooled up brian kelly elsevier google ibm ilrt microsoft ukoln university of arizona university of bath university of bristol university of edinburgh w3c eevl elib sosig web accessibility initiative accessibility algorithm browser cache cataloguing content negotiation cookie copyright data digital library framework graphics higher education html hypertext infrastructure interoperability java mailbase metadata mobile multimedia open data open source personalisation rdf repositories research resource discovery search technology semantic web smil software subject gateway svg url usability vector graphics visualisation web resources web standards xlink xml Mon, 21 Jun 1999 23:00:00 +0000 editor 621 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk Web Watch: 404s, What's Missing? http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue20/404 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/issue20/404#author1">Brian Kelly</a> discusses 404 'not found' messages, and why you don't always get the same one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>What are the ten most visited pages on your website? Your main entry point, no doubt. And possibly your search page, a site map or other navigational aids. A greeting from your Vice Chancellor may be a popular page - or is it more likely to be a Student's Union Society page, or a personal home page?</p> <p><a href="http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue20/404" target="_blank">read more</a></p> issue20 tooled up brian kelly alt jisc kings college london microsoft oxford brookes university ukoln university of bath university of oxford university of southampton university of ulster w3c niss web accessibility initiative accessibility browser cache copyright css higher education html hypertext internet explorer javascript mailbase opera php research scripting language search technology standards url web services Mon, 21 Jun 1999 23:00:00 +0000 editor 623 at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk