Over lunch we had a general forum discussion. There was one guy who used to work someplace in Texas and now works at google, said they were looking for accessibility expert web developers…. hmmm…. Jim Thatcher was also on the panel, as well as someone from Adobe, and a few other folks. Kelsey Rugers was on the panel, he gave the ‘accessible project management’ session this morning, and hearing him for just a few moments made me wish I’d attended that session. He is taking a group out for a dinner session tonight, I think I’ll have to go!
My previous beliefs as to the audience of the conference was confirmed when someone asked for a show of hands of how many people worked for the state; easily 75 – 80% of the group raised their hands. It’s interesting for me to come from the corporate standpoint. many of these folks have simply been thrust into the role of ‘webmaster’. I guess that also explains why so many of them are interested in making PDFs accessible, they’re not building web apps as we are.
Some general notes I took: (gasp! it was in an auditorium, I had to write by hand!)
– accessibility is not something to ‘tack on’, it needs to be part of the corporate culture. One suggestion is to make it a performance metric, part of the editorial process.
WEBAIM has an “8-Step Implementation Model“.