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Health On the Net Foundation - HONinfo - May 2005 
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In this issue... 

* Bio-informatics and medical informatics International Congress 
* Results of ENABLED Web developer survey 

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 Bio-informatics and  medical informatics  International Congress  Invitation to 
 attend MIE 2005, Geneva, 28 August Ė 1 September 2005 

MIE2005, the 19th International Congress of the European Federation for  Medical 
Informatics, will address all topics of bio-medical informatics, including  both 
medical and bio-informatics. 

The  main  theme  of  MIE2005 is  the  development  of  connections between  bio 
-informatics and medical  informatics. Tools and  concepts from each  discipline 
can complement  and reinforce  the other.  Information derived  at the molecular 
level influences patient care processes. New bridges must be built. 

For  this  purpose,  a  panel  of high  level  scientists  has  been  invited to 
participate  and  give  keynote speeches,  tutorials  and  workshop discussions. 
MIE2005 will include thematic tracks  with selected papers and posters  to share 
resources between  bio-informatics and  medical informatics:  Sharing knowledge, 
common data  and tools,  Interaction to  increase benefits  for patients;  Image 
processing and  feature extraction;  Electronic health  records and  information 
systems; Biosignal  analysis, human  interface, quality  assessment, patients as 
citizens, statistical methods, knowledge engineering, telematics and more 

    For more information and registration, visit MIE 2005 web site. 
http://www.mie2005.net/ 

HON will be present at MIE 2005. Come visit us in Geneva! 

******************************************************  Results  of  ENABLED Web 
developer survey ENABLED is a project supported by the European Union developing 
technologies and algorithms to  convert currently inaccessible Web  content into 
useful information for visually impaired Internet users. Project areas  include: 
accessible Web  content, adaptable  interfaces, wireless  networking and  mobile 
computing. 

Earlier this year, the ENABLED project  conducted a survey of Web developers  to 
assess  their  awareness,  knowledge  and  training  needs  to  better   address 
accessibility  issues  for the  visually  impaired. The  survey  was distributed 
through HONís network of over 4,700 accredited online publishers. 

Only 36% of ENABLED survey respondents say they make special efforts to  produce 
accessible Web sites or applications. They  cite a wide variety of reasons,  all 
pointing to the need for higher prioritisation of accessible Web and application 
design. 

58%  of  survey respondents  were  not aware  of  the WAI  guidelines.  WAI (Web 
Accessibility Initiative)  is a  programme of  the World  Wide Web Consortium to 
develop  technology, guidelines,  and tools  to increase  Web accessibility  for 
people with disabilities. Increasingly, Web professionals working in the  health 
sector will need to tackle accessibility in order to comply with  administrative 
requirements and to remain competitive as they provide information to  demanding 
healthcare consumers. 

This survey confirmed that a large number of websites are not fully  accessible, 
mainly  because website  developers, designers  and managers  are not  aware of 
accessibility issues or lack the proper  knowledge or training to fully use  the 
available tools. 

The survey results also highlight the responsibility of software  manufacturers, 
who could do more to provide tools to produce accessible Web content. 

Complete results of the survey are available on the ENABLED website. 
http://www.enabledweb.org/public_results/survey_results/analysis.html 




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