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Combating e-discrimination in the North West - final report

Kreps, DG and Wheeler, P 2008, Combating e-discrimination in the North West - final report , Project Report, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

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    Abstract

    The Combating eDiscimination in the North West project examined over 100 websites advertising job opportunities both regionally and nationally, and found the vast majority to be largely inaccessible. Professional standards, such as using valid W3C code and adhering to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, were largely not followed. The project also conducted interviews with both public and private sector web professionals, and focus groups of disabled computer users, to draw a broader picture of the accessibility of jobs websites. Interviews with leading web development companies in the Greater Manchester region, showed that there is a view there should not be any additional cost in making websites accessible, as the expertise to create a site professionally should be in place from the start, and that accessibility will follow from applying professional standards. However, through the process of trying to create a website for the project, with such a company, it was found that following professional standards is not sufficient to catch all the potential problems, and that user testing is an essential adjunct to professional practice. The main findings of the project are, thus, that: • Most websites in the job opportunities sector are not following professional standards of web development, and are largely inaccessible • Professional standards of web development need to be augmented with user testing to ensure proper accessibility.

    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Additional Information: Available in accessible HTML via http://www.ediscrimination.org.uk
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
    Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
    Publisher: University of Salford
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    Funders: European Social Fund (ESF)
    Depositing User: DGP Kreps
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2009 15:43
    Last Modified: 26 Jan 2014 22:18
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1666

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