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Citizens Online's new Fix the Web campaign is designed to address the problem of inaccessible websites by providing a quick and easy way for disabled and older people to complain about inaccessible sites, and will introduce a volunteer-led process for reporting the complaints to site owners. In less than a minute, disabled and older people will be able to report a problem through a form on the website , via Twitter, or by email.

Fix the Web uses an open source cross-browser toolbar developed by researchers in the Learning Societies Lab of the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science to enhance Web accessibility. The toolbar has been renamed ATBar, and is available as a bookmarklet and for download. A "Fix the Web" button also has been created that launches a report form for commenting on inaccessible websites. "Volunteers take the reports through a short process to check them and will then send them on to website owners, with information about Web accessibility," says Southampton's E.A. Draffan.

From University of Southampton
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