Pribeanu C.,National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies |
Fogarassy-Neszly P.,BAUM Engineering
Studies in Informatics and Control | Year: 2011
Although the access to information for disabled people is a priority at the European level, the web accessibility of public web sites is still a problem. The purpose of this paper is to present a preliminary review of municipal web sites in Romania. We took a computer-aided evaluation approach which is based on semi-automatic accessibility evaluation tool. The analysis of results reveals a relatively low web accessibility of municipal web sites and highlights some interesting aspects. Firstly, the web accessibility score computed by counting the accessibility errors is higher on the homepage than on other pages. Secondly, while some developers ignore many accessibility guidelines, there are several websites where some accessibility guidelines are not well understood.
Pribeanu C.,National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics ICI Bucharest |
Fogarassy-Neszly P.,BAUM Engineering |
Patru A.,BAUM Engineering |
Patru A.,School Center for Visually Disabled Children
Universal Access in the Information Society | Year: 2014
Despite the existing regulations and standards at national and international level, web content is still difficult to use, if not completely unusable, for visually impaired people. This paper presents the evaluation results for three municipal web sites. A combined method, based on conformance review and expert review, was employed. Overall, the results reveal a low conformance to WCAG2 and many accessibility and usability problems. The content is not properly structured, and this reduces usability even for sighted user. The analysis of the evaluation data suggests that many accessibility barriers could be avoided by adopting a user-centered approach during web design. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.