Accessibility 2.0[]


The term 'Accessibility 2.0' was coined by a group of Web accessibility researchers and developers to describe a user-focussed approach to Web accessibility which prioritises the importance of the accessibility of the purpose of a Web resource, rather than the accessibility of the Web resources themselves.

The term itself was first coined for an invited plenary talk on 'Accessibility 2.0: Blended Learning For Blended Accessibility' given at a conference entitled 'From Blended Learning To Splendid Learning', held in Manchester in June 2006. The application of this approach within a museum's context was discussed at a Professional Forum on Accessibility 2.0: A Holistic and User-centred Approach to Web Accessibility held at the Museums and the Web 2007 conference in San Francisco in April 2007.

The roots of the Accessibility 2.0 date back to work on the accessibility of e-learning resources. The first research paper, Developing A Holistic Approach For E-Learning Accessibility described a holistic approach to e-learning accessibility. A paper on Forcing Standardization or Accommodating Diversity? A Framework for Applying the WCAG in the Real World reviewed the limitations of the traditional approach to Web accessibility, based on use of WAI guidelines. The following year a paper on Contextual Web Accessibility - Maximizing the Benefit of Accessibility Guidelines described the need for a contextual approach to Web accessibility, as opposed to an approach based on 'universal design'. Recent publications about this concept include:

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The term 'Accessibility 2.0' has parallels with 'Usability 2.0'.

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