1st Edition

Web Accessibility Practical Advice for the Library and Information Professional

Edited By Jenny Craven Copyright 2008
    176 Pages
    by Facet Publishing

    With ever greater provision of resources in electronic formats, formal recognition is increasingly being given to the growing awareness within the information profession that it is a moral duty as well as a legal requirement to take every feasible step to ensure that no one is excluded from access to goods and services, including web-based information and resources.

    This timely book provides a practical introduction to web accessibility and usability specifically for information professionals, offering advice from a range of experts and experienced practitioners on the concerns relevant to library and information organizations. Contents include:

    tools used for widening access to the web

    Design for All - how web accessibility affects different people

    the importance of web accessibility

    accessibility advice and guidance

    accessibility evaluation and assessment

    issues for library and information services

    Design for All in the library and information science curriculum

    best practice examples of web accessibility

    web accessibility in the future.

    Although its main focus is on UK legislation and other requirements, many of the featured guidelines and recommendations are of an international nature, so are transferable to other countries.

    Readership: This approachable guide will enable information practitioners and students new to web accessibility to gain a good understanding of the issues involved in this vital area. The book can be used as a resource for developing staff training and awareness activities, or for developing course content. It will also be of value to website managers involved in web design and development who need to broaden a basic understanding of accessibility and usability issues.

    1. Introduction - Jenny Craven 2. Tools used for widening access to the web - E. A. Draffan 3. Design for All – how web accessibility affects different people - Simon Ball 4. The importance of web accessibility - David Sloan 5. Accessibility advice and guidance - Julie Howell 6. Accessibility evaluation and assessment - David Sloan 7. Issues for library and information services - Peter Brophy 8. Design for All in the library and information science curriculum - Richard Eskins and Jenny Craven 9. Best practice examples of web accessibility - Jenny Craven 10. Web accessibility in the future - Brian Kelly

    Biography

    Jenny Craven