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W3C Brazil action raises awareness on accessibility

W3C Brazil pages will simulate the experience of Internet access of people with disabilities on December 3:
Check at http://www.w3c.br

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Comment by Judi on December 6, 2009 at 8:21pm
Everton,

thank you very much.....this is pretty cool!....I think we need this wake up call in Kenya.

unless we realise the difficulties of person's with disabilities on the Net and give them, as much, attention as we give cybersecurity...we are still far off in dealing with internet governance issues!
Comment by Everton on December 4, 2009 at 7:47pm
Hi Judi!

December 3rd was proclaimed by the UN the International Day of People with Disabilities not only to promote awareness of society but also to bring discussions and actions related to accessibility to our attention.

In order to "educate" people who visit the Brazilian W3C site on the importance of an accessibile website, and in order to make developers worry about web accessibility, W3C Brazil published their homepage yesterday with different shapes:

  • A black page: At first, it seems that there is nothing on the page, but while navigating through it, the user will be able to see the links. This is how a blind person browses through a page, link by link, with a screen reader using the TAB key.
  • A page with a disabled mouse: This page will look normal, but you can't browse or select text with the mouse, just using the keyboard. Disabled people, who might have not have enough skills with the mouse, normally use the keyboard to navigate through links.
  • A page with increased letters: The page will have all fonts excessively increased, in order to illustrate how a person with low vision capabilities navigate through a web page.

This experience is only an approximate simulation of navigation of a disabled person, since your navigation goes far beyond the use of the TAB key and increased fonts. The purpose of this action is to show that with a well structured website, certain limitations do not block the user to experience the Web.

The pages were created by making only few changes in the (X)HTML and some CSS parameters. JavaScript codification used on it doesn't restrict navigation at the dark page even if you disable it.

To navigate through the pages with a disabled mouse, use the TAB key to navigate through the links (SHIFT + TAB to go to the previous link) and press ENTER to activate them. Some browsers may have different settings for keyboard navigation.

Questions or comments about this W3C action can be sent to acessibilidade@nic.br.

Thanks for your interest!
Comment by Judi on December 4, 2009 at 7:27pm
Hi Everton, this looks very cool....could you kindly share more info in English,please :-)...thnx

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