World Intellectual Property Organization

Marco Ranon

Senior Web Accessibility Consultant
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
105 Judd Street
London WC1H 9NE
United Kingdom

Marco Ranon will train at the Joint WIPO-ITU Workshop on February 4, 2010

Marco started to work in Web Accessibility in 2000, at university, when he wrote his final dissertation on standards for user interfaces. His first employment after graduation was in a company developing tools for testing Web content against the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act.

Before joining the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Marco worked for a software testing company, as a tester and project manager. He was constantly exposed to state-of the-art design trends, guidelines and technology and working with different web design companies.

After four years, in October 2007, Marco left the company and went travelling in Japan and South East Asia but he kept working as a freelance Web Accessibility consultant.

Once back in London, Marco joined the RNIB in June 2008 where he's involved in training and Web Accessibility audits. As the RNIB is one of the established authorities in the field, Marco believes that, besides having the opportunity to improve his knowledge in this position, he can use his experience and capabilities in order to be actively part of a process aimed to improve the quality of life of blind and partially sighted people, as Marco strongly believes that the Internet is a powerful media and it should be accessible to everybody.

Marco is also member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML Accessibility Task Force, which aims to help ensure that HTML 5 provides features to enable Web content to be accessible to people with disabilities.

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