Thursday, April 2, 2009

About this Work

This work is being done as part of Masters Degree thesis being done by me (Jagat Jasjit Singh) at Department of Computer Science and Engineering , Guru Nanak Dev University , India

The work is being done under guidance of following Professors

Dr. Karanjeet Singh Kahlon

Professor and Head Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Hardeep Singh

Professor , Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Mrs. Parminder Kaur

Lecturer , Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Contact details for all of the professors can be found on official University Website.

The work has been divided into various sub domains , the critical one being

  • Accessibility Metrics
  • Webmasters point of view of accessibility problem. Why webmasters are not able to take up and implement accessibility guidelines in all of their work.
  • Identification of problems faced by disabled users.

If you are interested in knowing the current status of the work or possible research collaboration , please feel free to drop me email or comment.

Jagat Jasjit Singh
Department of Computer Science and Engineering , (GNDU)
Email : jagatsingh [at] gmail [dot] com
Mobile Number +91-9888223280

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Advantages of Implementing Accessibility Guidelines

There has been considerable debate in webmasters community on how the accessibility guidelines help them.

  • The people from search engines like Google are amongst the core team members who decide the W3C accessibility guidelines. The recent WCAG2.0 core team had one of the four people from Google. The search engines do give preference to websites which rank high in accessibility ratings
  • Moreover the accessibility not only helps the people who are disabled but also improves the usability experiences of the normal web users.Its like satisfying one group and giving added advantages to the other group.
  • The ecommerce websites should not ignore the number of customer base they are loosing by not implementing the accessibility guidelines.As per United Nations estimate , World wide there are about 750 million people who are disabled. The amount of additional business which webmasters can add up to them can be easily guessed keeping in mind the fact that disabled people want to shop from the comfort of the home.
  • Strict Mandatory Government Laws also need accessibility compliance for all the websites. Otherwise webmaster might have to face public litigations which can be much more costly , then to implement accessibility guidelines over their websites.

We are carrying a Accessibility Survey as part of research . If you haven't participated in the survey yet. Please spare 3-5 min of yours.

Accessibility Survey

Thanks for your time . Your comments and suggestions are heartily welcome.