Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

CSREA Press

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Computer and Security Science

RAS ID

14851

Comments

This article was originally published as: Brown, J. A., & Conway, V. L. (2012). Web Accessibility in Corporate Australia: Perceptions versus Reality. Proceedings of The 2012 International Conference on Internet Computing (ICOMP2012). (pp. 157-163). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. CSREA Press. Original article available here

Abstract

In this paper we describe the results of website audits and survey responses for organizations involved in the Australia Web Awards for 2011. 160 organizations entered their sites or sites they had developed as part of the awards, and in doing so were required to select the level of WCAG compliance for their site. Audits conducted on these sites after the awards completion showed that very few of the entrants actually met their selected level of accessibility compliance, regardless of the organization type. Survey responses from participating entrants in the AWA indicated that they were aware of the WCAG guidelines and various levels of compliance, and had experience in accessible design. Entrants also indicated knowledge of accessibility tools and methodologies, yet failed to produce sites with even rudimentary levels of accessibility. The paper concludes that whilst the Australian government is moving towards a framework of mandatory accessibility, the developers and designers involved in this study still see accessibility as largely optional.

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