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Closing Plenary: The Future of Accessibility: Home, work and play
FIrst, Tim Pennick, Tech. research consultant, Accessibility and Usability, BT (blind-focussed,...
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13 July 2010
FIrst, Tim Pennick, Tech. research consultant, Accessibility and Usability, BT (blind-focussed, using braille and slides)
Matthew Cock, Chair, Jodi Mattes Trust
First Tim Pennick, BT - HOME
A network of interconnected media devices. desktops, set-top boxes, file servers, routers.
The Connected Home Architecture is supported by bodies such as Digital Living Network Alliance - an alternative is Universal Remote Console framework.
Focussed approach to accessibility
- Highly specialised,
- Engineer solution for each device,
- High degree of usability for the target user-group
- Examples: braille watch, talking clock
- Issues: cost.
Generic approach to accessibility
Flexible connectivity between mainstream devices and many types of assistive technology.
- Mobile phones
Eg. a software app. could adapt a wireless mobile phone to be a specialized remote control.
- Influence standards bodies
- Standardised Application Programming Interfaces
Shawn Smith, HMRC - WORK
Areas of concern:
- Financial crisis - the issue is not buying eg. accessible keyboard, maybe fixing legacy systems. Issue is forcing users towards online solutions - lowering cost. People working harder - less staff, same amount of work. More remote working - can be isolating. Can sit at desktop for longer, but need to take more breaks.
- IT industry doesn't get it, still. More commercial off the shelf (COTS). Smaller suppliers don't have accessibility expertise - they don't know their products as well as we do. Thin client computing.
Reasons for hope:
- The message is getting through. UN charter, OneVoice generic business case ... More IT suppliers joining group. Both helps sales, and their own staff. (Business about employers.)
- International standards. Problem for Microsoft, Oracle etc. - they can't follow them all. Mandate 376 - EU. WCAG 2.0. It's coming which is progress.
- Best practice. BS8878, Maturity model. Online components, not systems. Accessibility has become mainstream.
Third speaker - Matthew Cock, Chair, Jodi Mattes Trust - PLAY
Head of Web at the British Museum - innovators:
- Technical accessibility + involving users.
- Awarded by Martha Lane Fox last year.
Winners last year:
- Museum of London's podcasts from the past - Vocalize and trained long-term unemployed.
- Disability Arts Online - vibrant design community. Kevin Carey, RNIB on Sally Booth.
- Imperial War Museum - audio guide.
- Regional library in the Czech. republic, Dedicom, Netherlands - International award.
International audit - we did OK, better than some, not great.
- Need more research.
- Good on technical accessibility, what about content?
What are the challenges?
- Fewer museums, archives
- More mobile centred, up to 3% (British Museum).
- Convergent. Fewer sites, more inter-linked services. Google/ Flickr services etc.
- Can't compete with Facebook etc. We'll be there, but responsible for access. of our content.
- Alternative audio guides - moving from bespoke to consumer. St. Pauls is about to provide iTouchs ? Prevent a digital divide.
- Wifi access - 7 figure some for British Museum. Legacy building!
- Long term sustainability - this is vital.
Dan Jellinek - great range of presentations. We'll try to get as many slides etc. up through the site.
Thanks to partners, CaptionFirst for real time captions - "Amazed at the speed". Thanks to co-host OneVoice.
16:07 on 13 July 2010 (Edited 12:14 on 15 July 2010)