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An Inclusive Method to Support the Web Accessibility Assessment and Awareness-Raising: MIAV

An Inclusive Method to Support the Web Accessibility Assessment and Awareness-Raising: MIAV
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Author(s): Maria Alciléia Alves Rocha (IFFluminense, Brazil) and Gabriel de Almeida Souza Carneiro (IFFluminense, Brazil)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 23
Source title: Interactivity and the Future of the Human-Computer Interface
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Pedro Isaias (Information Systems and Technology Management School, The University of New South Wales, Australia) and Katherine Blashki (Victorian Institute of Technology, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2637-8.ch002

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Abstract

Web content should suit both a general audience and visually-impaired individuals. Therefore, Web applications should be assessed against accessibility standards as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Brazilian e-Government Accessibility Model (eMAG). This chapter presents MIAV's development process and the obtained results. The MIAV complies with the WCAG and eMAG, combining automated and user-opinion-based assessment approaches. First, a pilot test was run to fine-tune MIAV. Next, participants were asked to identify and report several accessibility issues on IFFluminense's Portal, Q-Academico, and Moodle. They then suggested enhancements for better browsing experience. AccessMonitor was run and tested the same Web pages to generate two indicators: the average accessibility index and the percentage of nonconformities by accessibility level. Results showed that none of the evaluated applications met all the accessibility criteria. These experiments allowed IFFluminense's IT degree students to raise an awareness of the significance of Web accessibility.

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