About Gian Wild

Gian Wild
Gian has worked in the accessibility industry since 1998 and consulted on the development of the first Level AAA accessible web site in Australia (Disability Information Victoria). She has worked with the Disability Services arm of the Victorian Government for over thirteen years to keep the four iterations of the Disability Services site (Disability Information Victoria, Disability Services, Disability Online and DiVine), Level AAA accessible. She ran the accessibility consultancy PurpleTop from 2000 to 2005 and built the accessibility tool, PurpleCop.

Amongst other sites, Gian has worked as the Accessibility Consultant for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and was responsible for training Microsoft developers in accessibility. She also wrote the original and updated version of the Victorian eGovernment Resource Centre Web Accessibility Toolkit.

Gian was a Member of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group from May 2000 to August 2006 (with two notable absences). She remains actively involved in WCAG2, having recently served on the taskforce dedicated to addressing the cognitive disability formal objection raised by Lisa Seeman. With other members of the accessibility industry in Australia Gian also liaises with the Australian Human Rights Commission on the status of WCAG2. Gian recently completed a peer review of the alternative accessibility guidelines, the WCAG Samurai Errata.

Gian has been asked to run many seminars for various different agencies, such as City of Melbourne, Victoria Online, Department of Justice, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Planning and Community Development (Office for Disability), Department of Transport, Brisbane City Council, VicRoads and Disability Services QLD.

In addition to her accessibility work, Gian is often asked to judge the accessibility aspect of web awards, having previously judged the Web Directions McFarlane Award, been the Accessibility Judge for FullCodePress (build a web site in a day) twice and has been the Accessibility Judge for the Australian Web Awards two years running. Over the next couple of months, she will be presenting at Innovate 2011 (Sydney and Melbourne), Edge of the Web (Perth) and the Local Government Web Network conference (Sydney).

Gian Wild offers a variety of accessibility services.