[Accessibleweb] Web accessibility (was UW CSE Colloq / 10-4-07 / Raman / Google Research / The Web the Way You Want (fwd)

Rick Ells rells at u.washington.edu
Tue Sep 25 16:14:52 PDT 2007

I recommend the talk below. See you there!

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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 15:01:24 -0700
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Subject: UW CSE Colloq / 10-4-07 / Raman / Google Research / The Web the Way You

Coming up next week as our first Distinguished Lecture of the 2007-2008
academic year:


SPEAKER: T.V. Raman, Google Research

TITLE: The Web the Way You Want

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2007
TIME: 3:30 pm
HOST: Richard Ladner


To most users of the Internet, the Web is epitomized by the Web Browser,
the program on their machines that they use to "logon to the Web."
However, in its essence, the Web is both a lot more than -- and a lot less
than -- the Web browser. The Web is built on:

URLs A universal means for identifying and addressing content

HTTP A simple protocol for client/server communication

HTML A simple markup language for communicating hypertext content

This decentralized architecture was designed from the outset to create an
environment where content producers and consumers could come together
without the need for everyone to use the same server and client. To
participate in the Web revolution, one only needed to subscribe to the
basic architecture of a web of content delivered via HTTP and addressable
via URLs.

Given this architecture, specialized browsers have always existed to a
greater or lesser degree alongside mainstream Web browsers. These range
from simple scripts for performing oft-repeated tasks <em> e.g. </em>
looking up the weather forecast for a given location, to specialized Web
user-agents that focus on providing an alternative view of Web content
that is customized to best suit the user's needs and abilities.

This talk will highlight specialized browsers in the context of
accessibility, <em>e.g.</em> for use in mobile environments, or for use by
persons with special needs. However, notice that specialized browsers are
not necessarily restricted to niche user communities -- said differently,
all of us have special needs at one time or another.

As we evolve from the purely presentational Web to a more data-oriented
Web, such specialized tools become center-stage with respect to providing
optimal information access to the end-user. The talk will conclude with a
brief overview of where such Web technologies are headed and what this
means to the future of making Web content accessible to all.

Distinguished Lecture reception to be served in the Atrium, Paul Allen
Center, after the talk.

*NOTE* This lecture will be broadcast live via the Internet. See
http://www.cs.washington.edu/news/colloq.info.html for more information.

Email: talk-info at cs.washington.edu
Info: http://www.cs.washington.edu/
(206) 543-1695

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal
opportunity and reasonable accomodation in its services, programs,
activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To
request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office
at least ten days in advance of the event at: (206) 543-6450/V,(206)
543-6452/TTY, (206) 685-3885/FAX, or access at u.washington.edu.

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