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What I wish I’d known when I got into accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast Episode 1

We often meet people who are desperate to gain knowledge in accessibility. In our team at Hassell Inclusion we’re lucky to have international experts who have over 70 years of accessibility experience between us. We’ve created accessibility standards and help a diverse range of clients to apply those standards to their work every day of the week. We wanted to start opening up some of that well of experience, so people who want to know more about accessibility can benefit. That’s why we’ve created the Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast. Here’s episode 1…

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Building accessibility strategy into the culture of an organization: find out more about BS 8878 at CSUN 2012

At CSUN 2012 this week, I’ll be presenting case studies of organisations which are implementing BS 8878 – the British web accessibility standard which gives organisations a framework to embed accessibility and inclusive design strategically into their business-as-usual processes. The Standard is already helping organisations across the UK embed accessibility within their culture. And calls have been made for it to become an International Standard. So, can a Standard from Britain really be key part of the solution to greater accessibility worldwide?

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Implementing BS 8878 step 3: user research to find the size and needs of your web product’s audiences

What do you know about your website’s target audiences? How they use the web. What they might want from your site. What do you really know? Are they like you or very different? And isn’t it a good idea to spend some time and effort working that out before you start creating something for them? Because if you don’t understand the users you are creating the site for, even if you create a usable site, it may not be one they actually want…

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Implementing BS 8878 step 2: Accessible to whom? Audiences, trade-offs and Inclusive design

Your audience are the people who will make your site successful or not. They are your most important stakeholders, and your only way of managing them is to try to understand their needs and desires and find some way of meeting them through your site. Ensuring that as many people in your primary and secondary audiences can use your website, whatever their abilities or disabilities, is a great way of maximising your customer base. But it’s not possible to create a website that includes absolutely everybody. So how do you balance that ideal with what’s practical…

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Ready to launch? How BS 8878 helped this SME’s website get off the ground

If you have no money and need a website for your business right now, does BS8878 help at all, or is it just another ‘nice to have, if I had the time’? Here’s my answer as a series of blogs on the decisions I’ve taken in creating the Hassell Inclusion website. Part one deals with how BS8878 can help you work out how complete your site needs to be before you can put it out there and get yourself a web presence, without making that presence so half-hearted as to score an own goal before you’ve even started…

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