Lisa Seeman

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Lisa Seeman is an inventor and an entrepreneur and has been instrumental in creating standards for interoperability and accessibility.

She currently works for Athena ICT.[1]

UB Access[edit]

Seeman headed a government funded incubator project that culminated into an independent company (UB Access). In 2006, UB Access was sold to Aequus Technologies Corp. and she became chief technology officer for Aequus DPS and served as managing director of UB Access' operations in Israel, that was involved in content adaptation for elearning, accessibility and localization. She then moved to EFP Consulting, creating research and development proposals and international consortiums within the FP7 framework of the European Commission. Topics included: Methodology to determine issues of complexity that effect the adoption of technology; new programming paradigms and abstractions; methodology for predicting the effect of technology on society.[2][3][4]

Web standards[edit]

Seeman is currently the facilitator of the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force (Cognitive A11Y TF) of the web accessibility initiative of the W3C. It aims to improve the user experience for people with learning and cognitive disabilities.[5]

Seeman has been an invited expert for the W3C since 1999. In 2006 she became the original author and editor of the Roles for Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification and the States and Properties Module for Accessible Rich Internet Applications which then became the specifications for Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) for the W3C. She is a named contributor to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) specification, although she also headed a controversial formal objection to WCAG's claim that WCAG 2.0 will address requirements for people with learning disabilities and cognitive limitations.[6][7][8][9]

Seeman was also involved with ISOC IL, ACLIP, and has worked with accessibility groups of organizations such as Dublin Core and ISO.

Talks and publications[edit]

She published on topics such as dyslexia and society, the semantic web, web accessibility, and device independence. She frequently gives presentations at conferences and venues such as W3C events, standards organizations, colleges, universities and NGOs.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]


  1. ^ Athena Technologies: "About Us".
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  3. ^ EFPC Consulting: About EFPC.
  4. ^ See patents:The ICT Complexity Matrix, US 61328194, April 27, 2010Content enhancement system and method and applications thereof, US 11, 872325, October 15, 2007System and Method for Enhancing Resource Accessibility, US 10,957,797, October 4, 2004Systems & Methods for Enhancing Source Content, US 11/743,790, May 3, 2007Networked Accessibility Enhancer System , 03745876.7, Regional filing of PCTSystems & Methods for Enhancing Source Content, 07251858.2, May 3, 2007Secure User Identification for Interactions System & Method, 178579, October 15, 2006Business Data Reuse System & Method, 178580, October 15, 2006Enabling Technology for Disambiguation, Localization, and Culturally Sensitive Content, System & Method , 178581, October 15, 2006
  5. ^ Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force (Cognitive A11Y TF)
  6. ^ States and Properties Module for Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA States and Properties), A Syntax for adding accessible state information and author settable properties for XML, W3C Working Draft 26 September 2006,
  7. ^ Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 W3C Working Draft 24 February 2009[permanent dead link] Knowledge Object Programming System & Method , patent application no 178583 , October 15, 2006
  8. ^ Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
  9. ^ Formal Objection to WCAG Claiming to Address Cognitive Limitation
  10. ^ ISOC IL Partners & Members of Accessibility Task Group "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  11. ^ Comments on Dublin Core and ISO access for all "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  12. ^ Accessibility with CSS – ISOC/W3C, Tel Aviv 2010
  13. ^ Using semantic technologies for better web accessibility – ISOC/W3C, Tel Aviv 2010
  14. ^ L'accessibilità Web per gli utenti con disabilità cognitive, Contributing Author, Accessibilità: dalla teoria alla realtà editor Roberto Scano , (ISBN 88-7633-000-3) (Published August 2004)
  15. ^ The Semantic Web, Web Accessibility, and Device Independence, Accessibility and Computing, SIGACCESS 2004
  16. ^ Natural Language Usage - Issues and Strategies for Universal Access to Information, W3C,
  17. ^ Content morphing for accessibility, device independence, scenario independence and the Semantic Web, W3C 2004
  18. ^ Inclusion Of Cognitive Disabilities in the Web Accessibility Movement, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  19. ^ Designing Web Sites to be Disability Friendly, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  20. ^ Semantic Web Techniques for WCAG 2.0
  21. ^ Making Visualizations of Complex Information Accessible for People with Disabilities Research and Development Interest Group 2004

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