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The AEGIS European project : mainstreaming accessibility through open source

Intervenant(s) : Christophe Strobbe
Langue : English Niveau : Débutant Type d'événement : Conférence
Date : Mercredi 7 juillet 2010 Horaire : 14h20 Durée : 20 minutes
Lieu : Bat. A22 - Amphi Franklin
Thèmes transversaux : AccessibilitéEn anglais
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AEGIS is a European project co-funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. It aims at a comprehensive and holistic approach to accessibility in ICT that covers the complete "accessibility chain" : from accessibility APIs to user interface components and developer tools, to end-user applications, assistive technologies and accessible content. It covers three big areas : desktop applications, rich internet applications and the mobile platform. AEGIS develops its approach to accessibility through the "Open Accessibility Framework" (OAF), which should help designers and developers to "engrave" accessibility into mainstream, mass-market ICT products. Technical and theoretical developments in the project are supported by a user centred design approach (UCD) and thorough user research. All developments will be iteratively tested with end users, developers and experts at test locations in four different European countries. Some of the project deliverables are already available, for example, the odt2daisy extension for Writer that enables saving documents as DAISY digital talking books, and the 17 AEGIS personas, which can help designers and developers during the development process. The project started in September 2008 and runs until February 2011. The project consortium consists of more 20 members, including big industry players such as Sun/Oracle, AOL and RIM.

About Christophe Strobbe

Christophe Strobbe is a researcher specialised in web accessibility ; he has been working for the research group DocArch (Document Architectures) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) since 2001. He has contributed to the European projects VISUAL (2001-2004), IDCnet (2002-2005), BenToWeb (2004-2007), USEM (2007-2010), AEGIS (2008-2011), STAND4ALL (2009-2010) and eGovMoNet (2008-2010), and to a number of university projects with the goal to increase accessibility of the university’s ICT infrastructure. During the BenToWeb project he also contributed to the Unified Web Evaluation Methodology (UWEM). He has been a member of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) since April 2005 and co-facilitator of WAI Test Samples Development Task Force (TSD TF) since July 2006.