Sept 26 2009: The two day Web Accessibility workshop hosted by SPACE and Centre for Internet and Society and supported by Kerala State IT Mission concluded at Christ Nagar International School today. 43 participants from various Government departments and private firms took part in the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to educate web developers of Government and non Government agencies on how to develop websites that are equally accessible to people with disabilities.
At the workshop the participants were introduced to various disabilities and how people with disabilities use computers. They were also introduced to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 , the world standard for web accessibility. The key accessibility guidelines require websites to be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. Various well known websites tested for compatibility with the guidelines at the workshop were found to be not disabled-friendly. This was an eye-opener for the web developers. Demonstrations of accessibility features in GNU/Linux and NVDA screen reader were also held at the workshop.
Rahul Gonsalves, a promoter of web and accessibility standards and Srinivasu Chakravarthula, Accessibility Manager, Yahoo!India were the key speakers at the workshop. Arky, a few software advocate also spoke at the workshop.
Participants with the speakers and SPACE team
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