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Including Heterogeneous Web Accessibility Guidelines in the Development Process.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-92698-6_37 Conference: Engineering Interactive Systems - EIS 2007 Joint Working Conferences, EHCI 2007, DSV-IS 2007, HCSE 2007, Salamanca, Spain, March 22-24, 2007. Selected Papers
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ABSTRACT The use of web applications has extremely increased in the last few years. However, some groups of users may experience difficulties
when accessing them. Many different sets of accessibility guidelines have been developed in order to improve the quality of
web interfaces. Some of them are of general purpose whereas others are specific for user, application or access device characteristics.
The existing amount of heterogeneous accessibility guidelines makes it difficult to find, select and handle them in the development
process. This paper proposes a flexible framework which facilitates and promotes the web accessibility awareness during all
the development process. The basis of this framework is the Unified Guidelines Language (UGL), a uniform guidelines specification
language developed as a result of a comprehensive study of different sets of guidelines. The main components of the framework
are the guidelines management tool and the flexible evaluation module. Therefore, sharing, extending and searching for adequate
accessibility guidelines as well as evaluating web accessibility according to different sets of guidelines become simpler
tasks.

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