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February 26, 2008

Following recent news trends, Barrier Break Technologies found that all of the 15 Indian Web sites they surveyed were inaccessible. Not cool. They don't mention all of the companies by name, but they do specify that the comnpanies are internationally traded. Barrier Break used a combination of testing techniques, including automated tests and manual tests by individuals with disabilities. The automated tests included W3C validation of each site's HTML and CSS. Personally, I would be more interested in the results of the manual tests because a site could still be accessible, even with some markup validation errors. Lacking those details, here are their results. The two best sites were only one error away from achieving WCAG level A compliance. Those sites were Satyam and WNS Global Services. The next runner-up, Wipro, had four errors. This may become a more serious problem for India because last fall they ratified the UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which mentions the Internet as an area that should be accessible to the disabled.

February 13, 2008

The W3C released an updated working draft of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specifications and other background documents. You may provide feedback before February 20th.