Web accessibility as a side effect

John T. Richards, Kyle Montague, Vicki L. Hanson

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    This paper explores evidence for the conjecture that improvements in Web accessibility have arisen, in part, as side effects of changes in Web technology and associated shifts in the way Web pages are designed and coded. Drawing on an earlier study of Web accessibility trends over the past 14 years, it discusses several possible indirect contributors to improving accessibility including the use of new browser capabilities to create more sophisticated page layouts, a growing concern with improved page rank in search results, and a shift toward crossdevice content design. Understanding these examples may inspire the creation of additional technologies with incidental accessibility benefits.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationASSETS'12
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781450313216
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event14th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Millenium Harvest House Hotel, Boulder, Colorado, United States
    Duration: 22 Oct 201224 Oct 2012


    Conference14th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
    Abbreviated titleASSETS 2012
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityBoulder, Colorado
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