Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Forum Moderators: ergophobe

Message Too Old, No Replies

"Social Accessibility" via collaborative authoring of metadata

8:57 pm on Jul 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from CA 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member encyclo is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Aug 31, 2003
votes: 6

Source [news.yahoo.com]:
IBM launched an application that seeks to harness the power and time of Internet users around the globe to make the Web more accessible to the visually impaired.

Screen readers rely on text or descriptive tags to explain the items on a page but these are often added as an after thought or are incomplete. Using the new IBM software users can report these problems to a central database and ask for additional descriptive text to be added to a site. Other Internet users that want to contribute can then check the database, select one of the submitted problems and "start fixing it" by added text labels. The additional information isn't incorporated into the original site's HTML code but into a metadata file that is loaded each time a visually impaired user subsequently visits the site.

This is an interesting new approach harnessing the collaborative approach offered by end-user input. The application allows for metadata to be "attached" to third-party websites. There is a Firefox extension or the service can be used by Jaws/IE users.

Project details here: [services.alphaworks.ibm.com...]

9:07 pm on July 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member drdoc is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 15, 2002
votes: 0

Very interesting!

What is the performance like for something like that? And, does it keep track to make sure the same issue isn't reported over and over again?