Museum Web Accessibility: A Pilot Assessment of Mid-atlantic Museums

By Lesley Langa, Jonathan Lazar, Taiwo Adesina, David Michael Baumgart, Vladimir Brockmeyer, Hollis Leroy Bush III, Edwin Corpuz, Brandon Eaton, Laura Fry, Andrea Herman, David Hillsgrove, Brian Jones, Cho Man Li, Zach Matthai, Jonathan Schlaffer, Joshua Slack, Bryan Sizemore, Robert Weir Jr., Joshua Fagan, Haley Henderson and Stephanie Knauff.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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This paper discusses a pilot assessment of museum websites in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Fourteen cases were selected for accessibility evaluations, ranging in type of collection, size of institution, and geographic location. Multiple expert evaluators assessed each museum homepage to validate findings of violations with Section 508 guidelines for accessible web design found in the U.S. Rehabilitation Act. The findings show patterns of violations with the Section 508 guidelines across type and size. The results of this pilot study will foster a dialogue about web accessibility in the U.S. museum community to begin to fill the gap of literature about accessible web design not currently available to museum professionals or museum webmasters.

Keywords: Section 508, Accessibility, Museum, Website

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.036MB).

Lesley Langa

PhD Student & Senior Research Associate, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

Jonathan Lazar

Professor & Director, Computer and Information Sciences & Universal Usability Laboratory, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA

Taiwo Adesina

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

David Michael Baumgart

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Vladimir Brockmeyer

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Hollis Leroy Bush III

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Edwin Corpuz

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Brandon Eaton

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Laura Fry

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Andrea Herman

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

David Hillsgrove

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Brian Jones

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Cho Man Li

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Zach Matthai

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Jonathan Schlaffer

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Joshua Slack

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Bryan Sizemore

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Robert Weir Jr.

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Joshua Fagan

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Haley Henderson

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA

Stephanie Knauff

Student, Towson University, Maryland, USA


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