Abstracts

Morning Session

WCAG 2.0, ARIA and AJAX

Mike Elledge, Graham Pierce, Carl Raymond, and Carl Bussema

This presentation focuses on the changes from WCAG 1.0 to 2.0 and their implications for web design, in particular interactive web components. Changes in WCAG guidelines are presented first, with an emphasis on the checkpoints that address interactive components. This is followed by an overview of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specs developed by W3C, including current and potential implementations. Finally, a number of accessible, interactive components are presented, along with a comparison to non-AJAX and inaccessible versions. The presentation concludes with a discussion of what makes them accessible in particular and implications for developing accessible components in general.

Assistive Technology Expo

Steve Pollo (Mee, Inc.), Al Puzzuoli (RCPD), and Sarah J. Swierenga

Assistive technology experts demonstrate and discuss how persons with visual impairments use various devices and Web applications to access the Internet and other forms of information. The demonstrations highlight accessibility concerns with several web sites, e.g., finance, shopping, and weather web sites, when using assistive technologies.

Afternoon Sessions

Contemporary Issues of IT in the Sustainable Global Knowledge Economy

This special session is moderated by Rex LaMore (Director, Center for Community & Economic Development, MSU), and features four speakers:

  • George Boersma (Director, Office of Technology Partnerships, Michigan Department of Information Technology), discusses current federal initiatives that will extend broadband infrastructure into under-served and rural areas;
  • Kirk Riley (Executive Director, Information Technology Empowerment Center, MSU), discusses the work of the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) in increasing the technology skills of Lansing area residents;
  • Sharron Rush (Executive Director, Knowbility) discusses how IT accessibility allows individuals with disabilities to more fully participate in the modern world; and
  • Mark Wilson (Associate Director, School of Planning, Design & Construction, MSU) explains the global knowledge economy and how each of the topics presented fits in.

After the talks, the presenters will engage in a panel discussion, and the audience will be invited to ask questions.

Hybrid Technology for a Sustainable Future

Shane Schulze

This presentation is an overview of Ford Motor Company's current hybrid technology and the next steps to a more sustainable future, including the steps that Ford has made in the hybrid vehicles currently on the market, the details about those vehicles (focusing on the battery technology), and some of the steps that Ford is making for its next programs.

e-Government Services for a Sustainable County

Salina Washington and Constantinos Coursaris

This presentation is an overview of Oakland County eGovernment's strategies, use of technology, and next steps to creating a more sustainable future. We focus on one of these strategies, which involves a partnership with Michigan State University and its various units, by exploring the goals defined and benefits realized to date. We also review some of the steps the County is making in preparation for its next programs, focusing on the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as the application of interactive media.

Sustainability and Agility: UX Designs for Eforms

John Rivard

This presentation explores the issues of integrating the user experience design process with agile development methodologies, and also touches on the issues of sustainability as it relates to project teams, customer relationships, and the environment (paper reduction).