Fix the web

March 8, 2011

An innovative crowd sourcing services for improving web accessibility has recently been launched called Fix the Web. The crowd sourcing approach works so that any person with a special need or a disability can report on barriers he or she encounters on public web sites. Fix the Web would then work as a pool of reported barriers.

Subsequently volunteers look at the reported problems and proposes solutions. When a solution is available, the data is communicated to the appropriate web site owner. The owners not only become aware of a barrier on their web sites but also receives a potential fix. This way, everyone benefits.

Their primary goal is to raise awareness of web accessibility. Their secondary goal is to get acknowledgement from a website owner and actual web site improvements. Lets hope people use this service and the crowd sourcing approach catches on, and both goals are reached making the a better place for everyone.

Morten Goodwin