|International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility Madrid 2009 20-21 April|
International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility Madrid 2009
Web Accessibility for Older Users
Population demographics indicate that our populations are ageing across the board. As the population ages the financial requirement to work longer is increased, but the ability to work longer is reduced because disability becomes a bar to employment. With the growth of the knowledge economy, and a move from manual work to more thought and communication based activities, there is the very real possibility of older Web users being able to finding productive, fulfilling, and social empowering employment; if only technology, and specifically the Web, where available to them. An ageing but Web literate population indicates a large market for online shopping and services especially when mobility is a problem for the shopper. In this case we wonder how this new population we interact with Web based resources, and what new problems in accessibility will there be to overcome? Will the Web provide the social, employment, and health care benefits currently unavailable to older users? Will complex and highly graphical interfaces excluded ageing users from access? What problems exist, what are the upcoming problems, what solutions are required? How do the adoption patterns for Web access by older people vary across cultures? Finally, what effect will an ageing user population have on the wider Web? We pose the question:
"Web accessibility for older users - are we there yet?"
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20-21 April, 2009