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Published: March 15, 2001.

Abstracts

Accessibility Techniques for Museum Web Sites
Susan Anable , The Dayton Art Institute, USA
Adam Alonzo , Wright State University, USA
http://www.daytonartinstitute.org/

Session: Accessibility

Like other public institutions, museums strive to make their facilities accessible to people with disabilities, yet these same patrons may be hindered in their use of museum Web sites by electronic accessibility barriers. This presentation will demonstrate that access was a primary design factor in the Virtual Museum Tour, part of the Web site of The Dayton Art Institute. Developed in collaboration with Wright State University, planners of the Virtual Museum Tour faced the challenge of making a variety of Internet technologies accessible to people with visual or hearing impairment or mobility limitations. By adopting a set of Web accessibility guidelines and utilizing them in creative ways, the Virtual Museum Tour provides an enlightening art experience for all visitors.