[Accessibleweb] April Meeting - Usability and Accessibility - April 19, Loew 101, 3:30-5:30pm

Rick Ells rells at u.washington.edu
Wed Mar 31 14:39:33 PST 2004



For the April meeting of AccessibleWeb at u we have a special guest speaker,
Dr. Ginny Redish.

When: Monday, April 19, 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Room 101, Loew Hall
Title: Making web sites accessible and usable:
Results from watching blind and low-vision users

About The Talk

Come hear Ginny Redish discuss the studies that she did in 2002-2003 with
Mary Theofanos and other colleagues at the National Cancer Institute. From
watching and listening to blind and low-vision users as they worked with
web sites, Ginny and her colleagues have many insights that help us go
beyond the letter of the Section 508 law. Some of these insights - and the
resulting guidelines - may surprise you. Ginny also raises issues for us
all to discuss about the future: We can change web sites to significantly
help most blind users who listen to the web with modern screen-readers.
However, the needs of low-vision users (and users with mobility
impairments and other needs) are so diverse that one interface for all is
not a realistic solution. Ginny proposes a new view of the problem space
for us all to consider and discuss.

About The Speaker

Dr. Janice (Ginny) Redish is President of Redish & Associates, Inc. in
Bethesda, Maryland. For more than 20 years, Ginny has helped clients in
government and the private sector bring usability into their processes and
make their products easy to use. Today, most of her work is helping
clients develop usable web sites. Ginny is co-author of two of the major
books on usability techniques: A Practical Guide to Usability Testing and
User and Task Analysis for Interface Design. In 1992-1993, Ginny was a
Visiting Scholar in the Department of Technical Communication at the
University of Washington. Since that year, she has taught courses in clear
writing and usability for Washington state government writers in Olympia
several times each year. Ginny is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and
holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Harvard University.

Our Sponsors

Dr. Redish's presentation is sponsored by the Department of Technical
Communications and by Computing & Communications. The presentation is
hosted by the AccessibleWeb at u Discussion Group
(http://www.washington.edu/computing/accessible/accessibleweb/)

Background Reading

Bridging the gap: between accessibility and usability
Mary Theofanos and Ginny Redish
http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=947227

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