Another innovative feature of this years W4A was the W4ACamp help on the newly instigated ‘Crazy Wednesday’. I’m happy to say we lived up to the spirit of the day, meeting in a hotel bar at 09:30-12:30 and running impromptu attendee led discussions while stealing network, and being fuelled on coffee from the hotel staff!
This year at the WWW/W4A we ran a panel session as part of the main WWW conference; looking at perceptions – and definitions – of accessibility. It ran in conjunction with our W4A paper on the same topic but we intended to make the panel an ‘extended hand’ to non accessibility focused Web developers.
As David Sloan tells us the W4A is ‘the biggest annual gathering of the web accessibility research community.’ And this year’s Keynote – By Prof. Jim Hendler – was a ‘Doozy’.
I wanted to call our W4A paper ‘Define Accessibility!’ as both a challenge and a call, but I was overruled so it’s actually called ‘Understanding Web Accessibility and Its Drivers’. Here’s a sneaky peek at the abstract ahead of time!