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Title: Accessibility levels of Portuguese Enterprise websites: Equal opportunities for all?
Author: Gonçalves, Ramiro
Martins, José
Pereira, Jorge
Oliveira, Manuel Au-Yong
Ferreira, João José Pinto
Keywords: Accessibility
Issue Date: 18-May-2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract: Web accessibility is growing in importance as time goes by. Alongside this growth we find an increasing need for access to Web resources by those with some sort of disability. The Web is very important for spreading information and for promoting interaction between the various elements in society. Given this, it is essential that the Web presents itself as a totally accessible resource, so that it can help disabled citizens and their integration in society. This obligation should be even greater for enterprises as primarily the Web is used as a marketing and business platform. With this document we present indicators regarding the [lack of] accessibility levels of Portuguese websites. This article is divided into eight parts containing theoretical and background considerations leading up to two different studies which the research team undertook. In the first study (considering WCAG 1.0) we make a comparison between the 1,000 largest Portuguese enterprises (annual sales volume) and the 1,000 best Portuguese SMEs1 using a specialized software tool. In the second study a group of recommendations towards accessibility are made; these recommendations were achieved through a focus group interaction. We do also, however, present an insight into the WCAG 2.0 influence on existent accessibility levels.
Description: Artigo revisto disponível online 18 Maio, 2011 (iFirst)
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2011.563802
ISSN: 1362-3001
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