The Helen Project – More Social Accessibility

Posted on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 by Steve Faulkner

The Helen Project is an initiative by the American Foundation the Blind to provide all internet users, especially people with disabilities, the opportunity to register publically available feedback on the accessibility of sites they use:

We offer you a free downloadable, fully accessible, web site rating toolbar application (which we affectionately named “Helen“) that will enable you to have your voice heardas you experience problems and/or success in using any web site. And, most importantly, Helen will enable the collective voice of the user community to be heard by web site providers,

To be part of the Helen project you need to register. Users can then participate by installing a free browser toolbar to rate web sites on web accessibility. Currently the toolbar is only compatible with Internet Explorer for Windows versions 5, 6, and 7.

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About Steve Faulkner

Steve is the Technical Director at TPG. He joined The Paciello Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at vision australia. He is the creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C Web Platforms Working Group and the W3C ARIA Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, ARIA in HTML, Notes on Using ARIA in HTML and HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility.

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