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Web accessibility: a digital divide for disabled people?

Adam, AE and Kreps, DG 2006, 'Web accessibility: a digital divide for disabled people?' , in: Social inclusion: societal and organizational implications for information systems , IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, 208 , Springer, Boston, pp. 217-228.

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The focus of this paper is Web accessibility for disabled people. Much of the Web remains inaccessible or difficult to access by people across a spectrum of disabilities and this may have serious implications for the potential use of the Web for increasing social inclusion. The topic of disabled Web access is introduced through a consideration of four discourses: digital divide, social construction of disability, legal, and Web accessibility. The lack of dialogue between these permits a passive liberal approach toward disability discrimination to prevail and this political position has become inscribed in widely used automatic software tools resulting in a reinforcement of the view that Web site accessibility approval may, in many cases, be deemed an empty shell.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Trauth, E, Howcroft, D, Butler, T, Fitzgerald, B and DeGross, J
Additional Information: The original publication is available at IFIP TC8 WG8.2 International Working Conference, July 12–15, 2006, Limerick, Ireland
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Business and Management Research Centre
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
ISBN: 9780387345871
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Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 14:52
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:49

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