Building Accessible Websites: Burden or Bonus?

Date:
25 November 2004

Time:

Buffet at 6.00pm. Talk at 7.00pm.

Venue:
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Peter Jost Centre, School of Computing and Mathematics, John Moore's University, Byrom Street, Liverpool. View a map of Liverpool JMU

Speaker:
Sheena MacKenzie

Cost:
Free

Description:
Website design has been unregulated since its inception. However, recent UK equality law, may just bring much need quality standards to the construction of websites. Is complying with this law yet another burden for employers or a potential hidden bonus for those who understand the results of building accessible websites? We'll briefly examine the legal issues and accessibility standards, followed by examples of accessibility in practice, tips for building your own accessible site and we'll reveal how search engines really produce their results.

Sheena MacKenzie is the founder and Managing Director of Kangaroo Media, a Web development company, whose unique selling point is designing and developing Web sites with Web accessibility as a key issue. With the introduction of the new Disability Awareness regulations Web accessibility for ALL users is a hot topic. Businesses will not only have to comply with new regulations but these requirements could also aid in placing a Web site further up the ratings by the search engines.

This event will appeal to anyone interested in Web development with particular emphasis on Web Accessibility.