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Re: accessibility web proxy


From: Greg Kraus
Date: Feb 12, 2014 12:12PM

I developed a system just like this a few years ago. You could
crowd-source the "rewrites" to a page that needed to happen to make it
more accessible, and users could automatically have those changes
applied to their page if they wanted to. There are some really cool
aspects about a system like this, but I think there are some
significant downsides too.

1. The "crowd" must respond to unannounced changes in the source document.

2. It takes 100% of the responsibility off of the developer so there
is no incentive to code things right in the first place.

3. While this model works adequately well for static content, once you
get into dynamic content it gets much more difficult to manage.

4. Duct tape and bandages can be good short-term, temporary patches,
but they are no way to build a quality system.

The best feature of a system like this, and one of the main reasons I
developed my system, was so that I could give feedback to developers.
I could manually evaluate their page for accessibility and record my
notes in a database. Then the developer could execute a bookmarklet
while viewing their page, and the notes and changes I made in the
database would be applied. They could see the code changes plus
contextual notes I would leave them.

Greg Kraus
University IT Accessibility Coordinator
NC State University

On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM, Stanzel, Susan - FSA, Kansas City,
MO < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I think Deque sells such a service.
> Susie Stanzel
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of julien
> Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:01 AM
> Subject: [WebAIM] accessibility web proxy
> Hello,
> This is probably a silly question, but I was curious why there was no such thing as an accessibility web proxy service on the market (I'm thinking about a web proxy server sitting between the user's PC and the server, that fixes and enhances html code on the fly, before it is interpreted by the screen reader on the client machine). With a large enough community of subscribers, wouldn't such a service be able to address common pain points for blind web users like optimizing bad html, solving captcha, making popular hard-to-access websites accessible without installing scripts? Or even augmenting web pages (adding summaries or image descriptions when needed)?
> Anyway, I'm sure others have explored this idea before (I have found a few academic papers mentioning this concept); what do you think are the main reasons it doesn't exist?
> Thanks!
> Julien
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