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Human-Computer Interaction Design


"Benchmarking Tools and Methods for the Web"

Staff and funding

Principal investigator: Prof Helen Petrie
Research staff: Neil King, Fraser Hamilton, Peter Pavan
Total funding: € 1,700,000
Funding to the Centre: € 177,600
Funding source: Commission of the European Union
Duration: September 2004 to August 2007

Project description

BenToWeb is a project within the Web Accessibility Benchmarking (WAB) Cluster aimed to support the European public and private sector to implement the recommendations of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan by providing new software modules and methodologies that satisfy some of the accessibility recommendations of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which are not analysed by existing tools due to their inherent complexity.

BenToWeb will support the objectives of the Cluster in regard to the creation of a validated methodology to test Web sites. Furthermore, the project will:

  • Support the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) to develop further the Evaluation and Repair Language (EARL) under the umbrella of the Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group, as well as several related activities targeted to the production of resources to combine reports from different Evaluation and Repair Tools.
  • Support the relevant WAI Working Groups in the development of complementary documents of the second generation of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, such as technology-specific techniques documents and accessibility test-suites for key W3C recommendations.
  • Investigate further the feasibility of automatic testing procedures that include issues like colour-contrast, low-vision, colour-blindness and consistency of navigation elements, and develop implementation modules for user testing.
  • Develop new testing modules based upon modern language technology from Computational Linguistics, to control the syntactic-semantic properties of documents as required by accessibility guidelines.

The BenToWeb Consortium consists of a number of academic and commercial organizations around Europe. We are currently hosting two surveys aimed at establishing the state of Web Accessibility in Europe � one directed at web site owners and one at web developers.

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