Towards an Accessible Web Through Semantic Web Standards

CPSN 2005

7 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2010

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Stephen M. Watt

University of Western Ontario

Mark Perry

University of New England - School of Law; University of Western Ontario - Faculty of Law; the University of Western ONtario ; The University of Auckland; University of New England

Date Written: June 1, 2005

Abstract

Making information on the Web accessible to all people, including to those having special needs, has become a necessity because of various legal obligations. Information may not be accessible by people with special needs because many Websites are not designed for viewing with alternative technologies. Aesthetic appearance of Websites, as displayed by common technologies, is often more favourable than actual semantic content that is rendered by alternative technologies. To make the Web more accessible, it is necessary to follow the current Web standards. Improving Web accessibility is an ongoing activity. The Semantic Web movement, which suggests that information should be encoded according to its meaning, brings us closer to a truly accessible Web in the future.

Keywords: World Wide Web, Accessibility, Obligations, Disabilities, Web standard

Suggested Citation

Watt, Stephen M. and Perry, Mark, Towards an Accessible Web Through Semantic Web Standards (June 1, 2005). CPSN 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1545987 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1545987

Stephen M. Watt

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