This is excellent news. Hopefully it will lead to a better web. If you run a consulting company this could be a compulsory course for GUI developers.
Sorry for the delay. Here is an updated version (1.0.4) of Fangs for Firefox 3. Your previous version may not update automatically in which case you need to uninstall it, restart Firefox, and then download/install it from the Fangs project page.
A big thank you to Stuart Middleton who showed me the necessary steps to get rid of the annoying security warning that Firefox 3 displays for unsigned extensions.
The Finnish government has published their quality criteria for public websites in english. This makes it possible to compare your own national guidelines to thos of other countries. Quoting from the intro page:
The purpose of the quality criteria is:
- to act as a tool for developing and assessing public web services
- to improve the quality of public web services for both users and producers
- to increase the benefits from public web services.
I have updated the Index of Government Guidelines page and search engine to include this version.
The Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites takes an integrated approach to usability, accessibility and standardization. The purpose of the Guidelines is to support the procurement, development, and maintenance of a website by a public administration so that it offers equal opportunity usage for all citizens.Â The 2006 version has now been translated to english.
Quoting from the announcement: “The Guidelines are divided into chapters which can be read separately depending on the readerâ€™s role and responsibilities. The order of the chapters is intended to mirror the lifecycle of a website.
- Chapter 1Â covers the overall communications objectives of a website, which should be used as the basis for its development.
- Chapter 2Â presents the development process as steps towards a defined objective.
- Chapter 3Â shows methods for website design and web page coding, along with web standards.
- Chapters 4 and 5Â describe the basic content and services a website should provide, giving additional information on how to write for web-based media as well as methods for keeping the website up to date.
- Chapters 6, 7 and 8Â cover the development of web content for mobile devices, Content Management Systems (CMS) / authoring tools, and assistive technologies (AT).
A survey carried out in February 2007 showed that over 90% of those responsible for public administration websites in Sweden were aware of the Guidelines, withÂ 80% or more actively using them.”
The Guidelines are published under theÂ CreativeÂ Commons Attribution 2.5 Sweden license.
Here are my initial thoughts on how I believe RDFa will benefit web accessibility. If you are new to RDFa I recommend reading the Wikipedia entry on RDFa and the W3C RDFa primer as an introduction. Continue reading “RDFa – Implications for Accessibility”