[NLedu] Researching accessibility of Silverlight-based websites

Jan Stedehouder jan at stedehouder.org
Wed Nov 30 08:53:30 CET 2011

2011/11/29 Guido Arnold <guido at fsfe.org>:
> Hello,
> On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 02:13:54PM +0100, Jan Stedehouder wrote:
>> >>
>> >> 1. a decent list of Silverlight-based websites where you have a
>> >> combination of text-based information and multi-media, but mostly
>> >> text-based (as that would ensure the validity of the research for
>> >> Magister);
>> >
>> > How to we get such a list? I met a few people working on
>> > accessibility at FSCONS, one of them visually impaired. It would be
>> > good to have such a list before I contact her and ask for some
>> > testing. But maybe she already knows that it is painful to use
>> > Silverlight.
>> We have to start looking for those site. I'm afraid I don't have a
>> list available. Any help on this is appreciated. I could ask around
>> among students that need to use Magister, maybe they can cooperate
>> with your contact. Can you ask her if she is available for testing?
> Sure. I am hoping that I can get the email out today or tomorrow
> morning. After that, I will be offline until December 11.
> Please keep us in the loop if there are any good web pages to test.

Thank you Guido.

I noticed Jan Verlaan already send a list of Silverlight-based
websites for the first test of accessibility.

Last Monday I spoke with Iacobien Riezebosch, an expert in
accessibility issues and strong promoter of creating websites and
digital materials with accessibility in mind. She was one of the
authors of report on accessibility on websites of higher education in
the Netherlands.

She was very enthusiastic about our campaign and will add her
expertise and her network to our work. The research on higher
education websites was done with very few resources and still it
resulted in passing legislation that makes accessibility mandatory for
higher education. I believe that if we pool our resources, we could
repeat the research for secundary education. I've asked her if it's
possible to draw up a test plan that could be executed in a
crowdsourced way.

I would suggest to do a quick scan based on the list of Jan Verlaan
and then a more thorough research based on the checklist of Iacobien.



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