Anna Hellström , pp. 34. Inst. för Programvaruteknik och Datavetenskap/Dept. of Software Engineering and Computer Science, 2001.
This report will focus upon the area with in computer science called human-computer interaction (HCI). This is an area that takes on, among other things, the accessibility issues when it comes to people's interactions with computers.
The purpose with this report is to bring attention to the subject of known guidelines, concerning website development for disabled, moderate mentally impaired, and how these may be used to make the information on community websites more accessible.
The report will address communities using the Internet to publish information to the public. It will also address the developers of these communities' websites, system developers in general as well as other interested parties.
During the writing of this report the Blekinge community websites have been analysed, interviews with teachers at an upper secondary school for mentally impaired has been made, inquiries sent out to the developers of the communities' websites and to the ones responsible for the information flow between the communities and the moderate mentally impaired. In order to falsify / verify the hypothesis a test group consisting of moderate mentally impaired was arranged, who looked at an original community websites as well as redesigned versions of the same website created after known guidelines concerning website development for disabled, in this case the moderate mentally impaired.
The findings were that necessary changes, guidelines to make the information more accessible on the communities' websites, are easy to find as well as easy, probably, not very expensive to implement. The conclusion is therefore that "by using known guidelines concerning website development for disabled people, the information on the communities' websites can be made more accessible for moderate mentally impaired".
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