Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Andrew Arch of W3C Visits Technosite

On the way back from giving a paper at the Workshop on Cognitive Ergonomics and the Web in Granada (also attended by my Technosite colleague Nacho Madrid) Dr Andrew Arch visited Technosite HQ in Madrid. Andrew now works with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at W3C. He is their WAI-AGE Web Accessibility and Ageing Specialist and visited Technosite to learn more about the needs of the elderly regarding Web accessibility in Spain.

Technosite's Sociology Research Group, lead by Luis Miguel Bascones as part of the Inredis project, together with our colleague Antonio Jiménez Lara, informed him about the results of their research and the “focus groups” they have carried out with elderly people about their use of the Internet together with researchers José Gimeno and Mercedes Turrero. We then went on to a meeting with Carlos Martínez Ozcáriz and Paca Tricio of the Unión Democrática de Pensionistas (Democratic Union of Pensioners and Retired People), who informed us about the needs and demands of their more than one million members.

Andrew Arch is carrying out a Literature Review and Analysis of Comparative Needs regarding the needs of people who have Web accessibility needs related to ageing as part of the WAI-AGE (Ageing, Education, and Harmonisation) project at W3C for the European Commission.

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