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Nicholas C. Romano, Jr.

Website Accessibility Research:

Disabled Users Still Locked Out

© Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved

Slide #92

Faculty Research Excellence Series

Sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Library

Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:00 pm North Hall Room 150

Why don’t Companies do more?

Lack of Knowledge/Ignorance/Understanding of WAI Guidelines

76/117 (64%) of respondents agreed that 'management is unaware of the importance of Web accessibility' and 'lack of awareness' and 'lack of policies/management' shared second place among perceived barriers to Web accessibility (Knight 2003)

When asked “Are you familiar with the Section 508 laws by the US Federal government or similar laws from other governments around the world (i.e. Portugal, Canada, England, and Australia)?”, 129 (73.7%) indicated they were familiar with the laws (Lazar 2004)

When asked if respondents were familiar with the three sets of guidelines coming out of the Web Accessibility Initiative (http://www.w3.org/wai)

112 (64%) indicated familiarity with web content accessibility guidelines

40 (23%) were not familiar with any of the guidelines (Lazar 2004)

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