Web Accessibility Sessions as Part of the Governor's Assistive Technology Expo

As part of the Governor's Assistive Technology Expo: Technology Opens Doors, the NYS Forum's IT Accessibility Committee will provide two sessions - morning session dedicated to NYS Web Accessibility Standards and the NYS Forum Validation Tool and afternoon session dedicated to Accessible Web 2.0 Applications.

NYS Web Accessibility Standards and the NYS Forum Validation Tool

The informational program will focus on New York's policy on and standard for web accessibility, and demonstrating the NYS Validation Tool created by the NYS Forum to help support New York's accessibility initiatives.

Among the topics covered will be:

  • Survey of the issues people with disabilities face when using the web;
  • Descriptions of New York's Policy and Mandatory Technology Standards for accessibility, along with techniques for achieving compliance;
  • Background on the NYS Forum's work on IT Accessibility leading up to the creation of the Validation Tool; and
  • Demonstration of the Online NYS Validation Tool, which adapts HiSoftware's AccVerify product.

Presentations:

New York State Web Accessibility Policy and Standard Background and History, Presented by: Michael B. Short, Chief of Enterprise Development, NYS Department of Civil Service, AT Expo, May 15, 2008
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NYS Technology Policy P04-002 & Mandatory Technology Standard S04-001 Accessibility of State Agency Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications, Presented by: Debi Orton, Manager of IT, NYS Governor's Office of Employee Relations, AT Expo, May 15, 2008
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Time & Place:

  • Thursday, May 15, 2008
  • 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY

Accessible Web 2.0 Applications

Today's web sites have begun to sprout all sorts of new technologies, from customizing your views of the Google or Yahoo web sites to being able to tell you what the weather is outside your office, all in real time. These new "rich Internet applications" have to potential to create significant barriers to several groups of disabled users, unless coded in a way that can successfully interact with assistive technology.

Our seminar will illustrate some of the problems in real-world examples encountered by users of assistive technology, and will demonstrate ways of improving the accessibility of your "Web 2.0" site, by providing a background in the issues, and two examples of the right and wrong way to present dynamic information to the user using the W3C's emerging ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Application) standards.

Presentation:

Materials and example code are available at IT Accessibility Curriculum and Resources.

Accessible Web 2.0 Applications, Presented by: Arne Louison, Web Developer, Governor's Office of Employee Relations, Jeff Bennett, Programmer & Usability Tester, Office of the Chief Information Officer/Office for Technology, Mike J. Hritcko, Web Developer, NYS Insurance Fund, AT Expo, May 15, 2008
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Time & Place:

  • Thursday, May 15, 2008
  • 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY