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Social Accessibility

A collaborative approach to improvingWeb accessibility

Yevgen Borodin,1 Shinya Kawanaka,2 Hironobu Takagi,2 Masatomo Kobayashi,2 Daisuke Sato,2 Chieko Asakawa2

1Department of Computer Science, Stony Brook University2IBM Research – Tokyo

ABSTRACT

This chapter challenges the assumption that Web site owners are the ones who are responsible for the accessibility of Web content. Web designers and Web developers have been notorious for not following official accessibility guidelines. At the same time, the amount of user-generated Web content made it practically impossible for site owners to ensure content accessibility in a centralized fashion. However, the dawn of social computing promises that collaborative approaches ...

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