The InterNet Aural Accessibility Protocol

What is the IAAP?

The InterNet Aural Accessibility Protocal (IAAP) is a standard which, when applied to graphical browsers in the form of a patch, will render their output more immediately accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals. It is, however, far more than merely the basis for an "accessibility add-on". By providing a means of streaming non-visual output through an extremely visual medium, the IAAP is a stepping stone towards a non-visually biased web, which will not only benefit those who are permenantly blind or visually impaired, but anyone who is temporarily or circumstantially unable to view a monitor.

What's In a Name?

Although the original proposal for a spcific InterNet Aural Accessibility Patch was directed at Microsoft's Internet Explorer, as a protocol, the IAAP is equally applicable to all graphical browsers.

The InterNet Aural Accessibility Protocol/Patch

  1. The First (Microsoft-Specific) Draft
    1. Comments and Feedback (not yet available)
  2. The Current Working Draft

Supplemental Resources

On-Site Resources

  1. Constructing Aurally Comprehensible Tables Using HTML 3.2

Off-Site Resources

  1. The W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
    1. The User Agent Working Group (UA)
    2. The Authoring Tools Working Group (AU)
    3. Web Content (Page Author) Guidelines Working Group
    4. The Protocols and Formats Group (PF)
  2. Tables On Non-Table Browsers

the IAAP was drafted by Gregory J. Rosmaita,
WebMaster & Executive Committee Member, VICUG NYC

W3C Validated HTML 3.2!       Keep the Web Accessible!       Best Viewed With ANY Browser!

This sub-site was created September 7, 1997
Last updated December 7, 1998