• Journal of Internet Computing and Services
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A Study on Current State of Web Content Accessibility on General Hospital Websites in Korea


Yong-Seob Kim, Kun-Seok Oh, Journal of Internet Computing and Services, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 87-104, Jun. 2010
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Keywords: Web Accessibility, Web Accessibility Guideline, Medical Center, Accessibility-based Criteria, Usability-based Criteria

Abstract

In the study, we introduce the trend in domestic and foreign web accessibility, as well as the legal system that ensures web accessibility. Based on Korean Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (KWCAG)1.0, we investigated the web content accessibility of 80 tertiary health-care hospitals and general hospitals in Korea. We evaluated accessibility by combining accessibility-based criteria (ABC) with usability-based criteria (UBC). ABC was limited to an alternative text for Guideline 1, using a small number of frames and keyboard accessibility for Guideline 2. UBC checked the voice service (TTS), resizing text, providing multi-lingual websites, and disclosing web accessibility policy. KADO-WAH2.0 was used for representing the compliance rate. The evaluation result was a considerable improvement from previous results, even though the rate of compliance with web accessibility was generally insufficient. There was a significant difference between those medical centers which did and did not comply with web accessibility. Incidentally, many hospitals were found to have attempted to confront and come to terms with web accessibility. In future, the following factors are advisable for medical centers with publicity or public interest: they must employ active and aggressive promotion of establishment of independent accessibility guidelines to secure web accessibility, they should effect an improvement of the realization of web accessibility, there can be constant education and promotion, and there can be an institutional supplementation, as well as others.


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[APA Style]
Yong-Seob Kim and Kun-Seok Oh (2010). A Study on Current State of Web Content Accessibility on General Hospital Websites in Korea. Journal of Internet Computing and Services, 11(3), 87-104.

[IEEE Style]
Y. Kim and K. Oh, "A Study on Current State of Web Content Accessibility on General Hospital Websites in Korea," Journal of Internet Computing and Services, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 87-104, 2010.

[ACM Style]
Yong-Seob Kim and Kun-Seok Oh. 2010. A Study on Current State of Web Content Accessibility on General Hospital Websites in Korea. Journal of Internet Computing and Services, 11, 3, (2010), 87-104.