Leading names explain practical approach to best-practice web site accessibility in light of new guidelines

In the light of significant recent changes to web accessibility guidelines, several leading companies in the field of accessibility are teaming up to hold a major UK national conference to educate public sector web professionals on applying these new directives.

The conference – organised by accessibility specialists including User Vision, Parallel 56, and OUT-LAW.COM - is being held in association with The Scottish Executive, underlining its belief that high quality public sector websites make a significant contribution to open and accessible government.

Website Accessibility 2006 aims to give guidance and the latest insight on best-practice in the field of web accessibility in the public sector, notably the new PAS 78 guidelines and a preview of Version 2.0 of the Web Content Accessibility guidelines. Aimed at public sector web professionals and development staff of all levels of understanding, the one-day event takes place at The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh from 10am on Tuesday 13th June 2006.

Speakers at Website Accessibility 2006 include the RNIB, The Scottish Executive, accessibility specialists User Vision, web site developers Parallel 56 and leading legal IT web site OUT-LAW.com; as well as several representatives from the Scottish public sector.

In addition to keynote speeches and workshops, delegates will also have the opportunity to receive free 1-2-1 accessibility consultancy on the day with Parallel 56 and User Vision, as well as the chance to network with some of the leading thinkers in web accessibility.

Chris Rourke, Managing Director of User Vision, one of the companies behind the event comments:
“Accessibility is a hot issue in the public sector, and with the new PAS 78 guidelines, and WCAG V2.0 on the horizon, plus the E-government take-up campaign, it is important that web site professionals stay ahead of the game. This conference aims to do just that – to give specialist advice and guidance on the latest thinking whatever the level of understanding or experience the delegate has. It’s also a great opportunity to swap notes and ideas with peers, as well as a chance to get some free consultancy on your particular accessibility challenges.”

To find out more about Website Accessibility 2006, please visit www.parallel56.com/accessibility2006 or contact Alistair Campbell, Director Parallel 56 Limited on 0141 273 7000 or e-mail acampbell@parallel56.com.
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About User Vision
User Vision is a consultancy dedicated to improving the user experience of everyday products and websites. We offer a wide range of services including consulting, testing, reviewing, evaluation and training to help clients produce better products that customers find easier to use. We take a straightforward, practical approach to user needs analysis, problem solving and usability testing, leading to effective design solutions.
Whether we become involved at the design stage, or after a system has been in use for some time, we never lose sight of the user's needs; helping you to reduce development and support costs, reduce the need for expensive redevelopment, and increase sales.
Our usability consulting and services are the ideal way to enhance your brand, improve your company’s competitive position, and increase revenues and loyalty.
User Vision was established in 2000, and provides services throughout the UK and Europe for many leading brands and public sector organizations.

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Published on: 12:00AM on 18th May 2006