Assessing Web Pages for their Accessibility for Disabled People
“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential
— Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
It has been suggested that the abstract access issues associated with disabilities are not considered to the same extent as physical access. This project aims to find whether this suggestion is true and examines the factors that affect the issue of disabled access. It will achieve this by testing a selected number of web sites to find if they are approved for use by disabled people.
The minimum requirements are met by gathering the sample, testing the selected sites and saving the results in a database, which has been designed for use in the project. The results are applied to proposed hypotheses to identify if they are valid. In addition, the project aims to produce a list of recommendations to the University of Leeds and the School of Computing concerning the changes required for the web sites to be accessible to disabled users. As an extension to the original requirements, an interface with a search function, allowing a user to query the data from the testing has been designed