XML and Universal Web Accessibility
Thursday, June 29 1:50 PM-2:10 PM
The World Wide Web is an open forum for people of all stripes, with varying and alternate abilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium is based on this spirit of openness and inclusiveness. This initiative provides a broad framework for web content developers, web tool authors and professionals in related fields to develop web sites that can be accessed by people with visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. With emerging technologies on the web, there is an urgent need to educate web content developers and authors on the need to extend accessibility to these new areas. Extensible Markup Language is a powerful new technology that is concerned with the description and structuring of data and one of its many uses is in web content development. This presentation examines accessibility issues with regard to web content development using XHTML and XML and classroom experience of teaching accessibility issues.