Skip to 0 minutes and 0 secondsANDRE MEIXNER: My name is Andre Meixner. I'm Head of the User Centred Test Team here in T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH. And my team consists of 15 disability and accessibility consultants and we are doing mostly accessibility tests.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsSPEAKER: Why is accessibility so important for your company?

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsANDRE MEIXNER: First of all, accessibility is required by the German law. And in the German Sozialgesetzbuch, it's required that you need to provide accessible workplaces for every employee and since Deutsche Telekom and all of the sub companies are doing a lot of IT projects, software is part of that. And so we need to make sure that the software is accessible, too. And the second thing is that Deutsche Telekom knows its social responsibility and accessibility is getting more and more important, simply due to the fact of the ageing workforce. And the last thing is that we have an imminent skill shortage of skilled young professionals.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 secondsAnd I can say from my own experience that there are many, many skilled young professional people, IT people, out there that maybe have disabilities and that they can support us here doing our thing. For example, I have a blind test expert in my team and she's doing real great work and supporting our team as best as she can.

Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsSPEAKER: Thank you.

Welcome to week 4

Welcome to week 4. In this video, Andre Meixner, Head of the User Centered Test Team (Accessibility & Usability) at T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH explains why accessible software solutions are important in the work place.

“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” Tim Berners-Lee

This week we focus on enabling people to use the web.

In previous weeks you have learned how we can make multimedia, including images and videos more accessible and the importance of structured documents as well as accessibility for mobile applications.

Reflecting on all the elements discussed in previous weeks will help you to see how web content, with the correct use of for example headings, links, colours and contrast can also be more accessible. If you would like a refresher about making links understandable, you may find the short WebAIM tutorial on links and hypertext useful.

This week, we will focus on accessible web forms, because this is one of the more challenging types of web content to make accessible.

You will discover:

  • how to recognise and identify barriers in web content

  • how to choose and apply accessible web content to avoid barriers

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and recent updates

  • how to test web accessibility plus the strengths and weaknesses of different testing methods

  • how to employ tools and plan user evaluations to test web content accessibility

We are joined again by our partners, Professor Gerhard Weber from the Technische Universität Dresden and Peter Heumader from Johannes Kepler Universität Linz and also by Professor Weiqin Chen of Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus. They will be joining in the conversations this week - do look out for them in the discussions.

Accessibility is important, as it allows everyone a chance to actively participate in the digital information society, independent of when, where, why and how they want to use digital technologies and software applications.

The web has been emerging as a main access point to explore and provide knowledge, consume media and entertainment, do shopping and share experiences via social media.

Cloud computing has further increased the range of options for use of the web with online applications allowing document creation, storage and sharing and much more.

If you didn’t have access to the internet, web pages and cloud computing how would it affect your daily life?

© This video is created by Technische Universität Dresden and licensed under CC-BY BY 4.0 International Licence. Erasmus + MOOCs for Accessibility Partnership.

© This text is a derivative of a work created by Technische University Dresden and Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, and licensed under CC-BY BY 4.0 International Licence adapted and used by the University of Southampton. Erasmus + MOOCs for Accessibility Partnership.

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Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society

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