Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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In October 2004, the final phase of the DDA comes into force, which will mean many websites will need to be changed so they don't fall foul of the law. Especially seeing as the RNIB have already funded cases that have appeared in Crown Court. Allowing accessibilty to people who use screen readers and the like, I think its quite an important area of web design, as it enables as many people as possible to view your web pages. Previously my friend at the RNIB has made comments on my websites to prompt me to fix tags and such. But that was back in the days when I was just starting (1998). However, it should be noted that only services offered via the web (eg Airline ticket booking) are currently covered by the Act.
So I wondered if there is anything (in Perl) that can check your HTML to see whether it meets the requirements. As yet I haven't found anything. My thought was to create a module called HTML::Accessibilty, which can be called similar to Test::Pod, and can report on failings, missing titles, tab indices, etc. I've gone so far as to find a a few really useful sites. So when I have more time I may attempt this, unless someone with CFT decides to give it a go before me.
Interesting aside: use.perl striped all the 'title' attributes above, which are part of the accessibility requirement.