A Shaw start

Today marks the start of the Shaw Trust web accessibility audit of ClacksWeb (External link), and is hopefully the first step on the way to Shaw Trust Accreditation for the site.

For those of you who aren't aware of the Trust and its web accessibility services, they offer perhaps the most comprehensive pan-disability audit and accreditation scheme available in the UK (and possibly further afield). As well as automated tests, the Trust uses a panel of real users, with a range of disabilities.

There's a lot more information on the Shaw Trust website (External link), and I'll be recording my experiences of the process on this site as we progress. Although I'm experiencing some high anxiety at the moment (what will they find wrong with the site?!) it's an exciting prospect to have quality feedback from real users, and going through the process can only help to improve the site.


Good luck with Clacksweb and Blether Dan!

Posted by: Karl Dawson at October 18, 2005 9:38 AM

Cheers Karl, looking forward to seeing your new site.

Posted by: Dan at October 18, 2005 7:32 PM

Do the Shaw Trust give Brownie Points for Standards-based development? I've seen a lot of sites that have been "verified" by other accessibility accreditation groups, but which are riddled with nested tables and spacer gifs, like pus-filled zits on a teenager's arse.

It's be nice to know whether our Standards-based designs are recognised as having accessibility benefits for real people with disabilities, rather than academic benefits ...

Posted by: Bruce at October 19, 2005 11:17 AM

The Shaw Trust uses a two-pronged approach, consisting of user testing (I'm typing this from their fantastic testing suite in Wales) and a moderated technical report. The latter is conducted at least in part with software checking against WCAG.

I'm not entirely sure how they rate sites, once I get the audit report back I'll know more and will post my take on it here. For now suffice to say I'm hugely impressed with the user testing I've witnessed today.

Posted by: Dan at October 19, 2005 3:50 PM

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