W3C: Web Accessibility for Older Users

The W3C released Web Accessibility for Older Users: A Literature Review recently. It isn’t guidelines, it’s merely a review of existing material.

This document provides a review and analysis of guidelines and articles relating to the needs of older people with Web accessibility needs due to ageing, and compares these with the needs of people with disabilities as already addressed in WAI guidelines. The focus is particularly on Europe but applies internationally as well. This review is being undertaken in order to inform the development of educational materials which can better promote the needs of people who have accessibility needs due to ageing, and potential development of profiles and/or extensions on WAI guidelines.

Here’s part of the table of contents with links intact:

This review of literature is not so insulting to older users as a set of guidelines published at Webcredible a few months ago titled Usability for older web users, which implied that anyone “older” was an untrainable dolt with no cognitive ability.

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