Design, Access, Accessibility [A1]


This session will look at web design and navigation from various perspectives, including those of special needs users. Participants will be introduced to Bobby and will also use WebSpeak, a speaking browser. Paul Booth (DISinHE) will be contributing, and the session will include a showing of the W3C/RNIB Websites That Work video.

Participants involved in organising the session are Andrew Aird and Paul Booth.


  • To gain an understanding of the dichotomy between visualisation and accessibility
  • To gain experience in the use of special needs access software and validation
  • To define criteria for accessibility, demonstrated in the design of a web page
  • To make specific, practical recommendations to Institutional Web Managers


The parallel session will include presentations by Andrew Aird and Paul Booth, showing of a video, hands-on work in groups of 5 and 3, group discussion and reporting back by group representatives.