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1 The business benefits of building accessible websites
Updated: 09 Mar 2010

'Three good reasons to make a website more accessible'
 
'So, there’s a legal requirement to make your services accessible and, let’s face it, an ethical reason to make sure your pages don’t discriminate.
 
However, it can be hard for a business to make budget available without seeing a potential return on the investment. Fortunately, I think there is a strong business case for ensuring the whole online community is equally served by your site.'

Reference: Kevin Gibbons is Director of Search at SEOptimise and guest blogger for Econsultancy.

 

Read more at:  Econsultancy

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2 iframes Web Accessibility for Screen Readers
Updated: 28 Oct 2009

Website accessibility and usability go hand-in-hand.  Besides being the right thing to do, it is a legal requirement for most government websites to ensure web accessibility for everyone regardless of disability.  Ensuring website usability is just as important.  If your website applications don't work or material is not interesting, informative or easily accessible on mobile devices as well as to visitors with disabilities, you will lose your audience quickly. Google's NewsShow is making it possible to see headlines and previews of Google News Search results that you have pre-selected for your website audience.  All of this using the web technology: iframes. 

 

WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) has a great article on how to make iframes accessible. The main point here is that iframes are becoming more popular in website development for content management and it is necessary to ensure that website accessibility guidelines are followed. There are ways to ensure that these news modules are accessible to all. "Links within the iframe element are accessible via the keyboard as if the content were within the web page containing the iframe."--WebAIM.

Read more at WebAIM: http://www.webaim.org/techniques/frames/#iframe

 

 Usability: IE8 and iframes (Google News)

This brief introductory information is part of a bigger problem that I was having with Google news suddenly not being displayed in Internet Explorer 8.   If you are using Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) and your NewsShow suddenly stopped working, the problem is not the 'iframe' as first expected. The problem is how the rules changed and what worked previously does not work any longer.

 

If you are interested in finding out more and/or how I came to resolve a problem with IE8 and iframes, please read the entire article posted here at SimplyRaydeen.com.

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3 Privacy Policy
Updated: 21 Aug 2009

This privacy policy sets out how SimplyRaydeen.com uses and protects any information that you provide when you use this website.

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from August 1, 2009.

What we collect

We may collect the following information if you decide to become an author at SimplyRaydeen.com

  • name and job title
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Web Beacons

A web beacon is usually a small image used to track visitor activity on a web site; primarily to collect a limited set of information, e.g., a cookie number, time and date of the page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides.

SimplyRaydeen.com may allow certain affiliates to include web beacons within pages.    SimplyRaydeen.com affiliates include Web Hosting with FatCow.  No third-party advertiser can personally identify you with the information on our website.

Web beacons found at SimplyRaydeen.com may be used by third-party advertisements; e.g., Google customized search, ads (AdSense) and affiliation programs.  The following third-party advertisements are used on the home page:

For more information about cookies, exception lists, and web beacons, visit:

Using exception lists -- 'you can allow all cookies, reject all cookies, or allow all cookies but have them deleted when you exit Firefox, regardless of your other cookie settings.' -- Support.Mozilla.com

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information.  We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable.  If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect. We will also remove your profile from our database if requested.

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4 'ALA Conference 2009: Budget Crisis, Privacy, Electronic Participation'
Updated: 22 Jul 2009
Reported by: Norman Horrocks -- Library Journal, 7/21/2009 -- "Budget issues facing libraries and the American Library Association (ALA) itself were an inevitable part of the annual conference that ended in Chicago last Wednesday."... 

Electronic participation and accessibility

Following up on the resolution regarding expanded Council transparency passed at the 2008 Annual Conference, Council agreed to begin providing increased electronic access to its Midwinter 2010 proceedings, via recordings rather than more expensive streaming media.

Easily passed was a resolution in which ALA strongly recommends that all libraries purchasing electronic resources require vendors to guarantee that products comply with Section 508 regulation, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 or other appropriate standards, and that funding authorities provide adequate funding to comply with standards for people with disabilities."

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5 'HTML and JavaScript are the real web platform'
Updated: 22 Jul 2009

Reported by Oliver Lindberg - ..."A few days ago I validated the top 100 United States websites according to Alexa and I think seven were valid. But if you look under the hood, there were almost no table layers or anything like that. There was a standards awareness even among the sites that had problems. It's just become normal among many developers and designers. They understand that markup is supposed to be semantic. And there's growing interest in microformats and curiosity about HTML5. Things are happening." ...

"A bigger problem than multiple standards is the lack of clarity in those standards. Accessibility is like usability or even the aesthetics of design. Two designers look at a design and have three opinions about it. Validation is easy – you run your site through a validator and it's either valid or it isn't. The rest of the stuff, such as whether my logo or the biggest headline should be the h1 in my HTML, isn't so easy and is subject to interpretation. We have arguments about all this stuff. Sometimes it's silly how many arguments we have about it, but I think there's a greater good to the fact that we're having these discussions."  Jeffrey Zeldman

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6 Fifteen ways to keep your website in business
Updated: 16 Jul 2009

JOHN GUSHUE - The Telegram: "...You should plan on redesigns at least every two or three years, and to take advantage of new applications as they become available. At the very least, you should be on guard to prevent clutter and maintain a clean, welcoming presentation...

8. Going mobile: More and more people are getting more and more of their information over their phones. With the rapid improvement in cell technologies and platforms, your clients now expect to find your site on their phone.

Talk with your designer or developer to ensure that your site is optimized for phone users

9. Got FAQ? If your switchboard is frequently asked the same questions, consider posting a FAQ online, and make it easy to locate. Think of it as an investment in customer service. Also, build your FAQ on what people ask for, not what you think they need to know. Many people create FAQs based on the organization's priorities, not on what the customer is actually seeking.

10. Accessibility check. Many websites are built on the assumption that every reader has A-OK vision (and, where appropriate, hearing). How does your site compare?"

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7 Considering A Site Redesign? 5 Tips To Get You Focused
Updated: 15 Jul 2009

Jennifer Farley, SitePoint -- "Does the site pass accessibility and usability checks at the W3.org site?

...Here are five tips to keep in mind when planning your redesign.

1. Simplicity = Good.
Both in terms of functionality and design, it’s hard to go wrong with a clean and simple site.

2. Know your audience.
Use applications such as Google Analytics on your existing site to see where your visitors are coming from, what browser’s they are using and where they go on your site. This can help you figure out exactly what they want.

3. Who are you?
What are you telling your visitors about yourself? If the visitor can’t figure out what your site is about pretty quickly, there is a strong chance you’ll lose them.

4. Get and stay usable.
It’s ok to try something different but don’t confuse or annoy users by creating a website that is so off the wall it’s unusable.

5. Trendy is not necessarily good.
Designs that may seem very cool now, can go out of date very quickly. Good design is timeless and doesn’t depend on the latest font to prop it up."

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8 Updated Travel Law Improves Accessibility for Disabled/Handicapped Travelers
Updated: 08 Jul 2009

Candy B. Harrington - "The US Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) was first adopted in 1986. Over the years, this very basic piece of civil rights legislation has been amended many times, to reflect changes in technology, equipment and air travel in general.

The most recent update, on May 13, 2009, gives disabled passengers additional rights and further expands the reach of the law. Ultimately these changes will make air travel more accessible to many people.

...And although the new law stopped short of requiring airline Web sites to be accessible, airlines must now offer disabled passengers the same discounted Web-only fares even if booking by phone or other accessible reservation method."

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9 U.Va. to Host EdUI Conference on Web Design, Usability and Accessibility
Updated: 07 Jul 2009

Published by: Virginia.Edu

Date: July 7, 2009

URL: http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=9135

Jane Ford  -- "EdUI 2009, a conference to be held Sept. 21-22 at the University of Virginia, will focus on Web design, usability and accessibility – designing Web sites so users of all abilities can effectively access online information and services.

The conference will bring together experts and innovators recognized in the fields of user interface design, usability research, accessibility, web programming, social media and instructional technology and will provide workshops and presentations as well as opportunities for participants and attendees to network.

The conference is geared to Web professionals in higher education as well as designers, developers, webmasters, managers and professionals interested in interactive design involved in creating Web sites for any institution or industry."

 

Read the entire article at: http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=9135

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10 Introducing user-centred web design
Updated: 06 Jul 2009

Bruce Russell Auckland  -- "Usable sites have a number of key characteristics, including:

• Their navigation is intuitive — it can be understood at a glance.


• Their content is written specifically for online delivery, not simply re-used from hard copy marketing collateral.

• Your customers don’t have to learn how to use the site – they can immediately see how to do everything they need to.

• Usable site content is often internationalised, so it can be easily read by those for whom English is not a first language.

• Accessibility guidelines are followed so that all customers can use the site, even those with poor eyesight or limited dexterity.

• Online help is visible on the screen where it is needed, if users do become confused.

• All the site features work properly, regardless of what browser software is being used.

Usability consultants, also known as information designers, can design usability into new sites or evaluate existing sites and make them more usable. A key strategy is to test sites with real users. Test subjects are asked to interact with sites and their reactions are observed. If the methodology is right, this can be done cheaply and quickly, with as few as three participants."

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11 Building the Perfect Council Web Site 09
Updated: 29 Jun 2009

Published by: It.director.com

Date: June 29, 2009

Read the entire article, or register online at: http://www.it-director.com/business/compliance/event.php?eve=343 

 

"...This high profile event combines a headline conference with a unique interactive format of roundtable sessions and pre-arranged meeting opportunities....

Elsewhere on the programme leading experts and analysts will offer insights and practical advice into many other important trends including the rise of Web 2.0; how to make sure your CEO and councillors will support your web projects; accessibility; usability; and managing the website improvement process. In the afternoon, one of the world's leading experts in developing customer-focused websites, Gerry McGovern, is back after a hugely popular session last year to develop his powerful themes of task management and citizen focus.

With break-out sessions, discussion groups and workshops throughout the day homing in on further topics of interest, and a closing plenary on what the future holds for council websites - 'Visions Of The Future: Social, Mobile And 3-Dimensional' - this year's conference is unmissable. The programme covers all aspects of creating a successful site, from high-level strategic issues such as ensuring a focus on the citizen to detailed hands-on advice such as user registration and customisation; and web form accessibility. ..."

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12 Cart of the Week: Tradingeye
Updated: 27 Jun 2009

"Baranoff-Rossine: "Tradingeye was born out a lack of fully-functional ecommerce software that would also comply with the UK DDA [United Kingdom's Disability Discrimination Act] and Section 508 [of the U.S. Disability Act]. With web accessibility such a great concern for us and many other web designers and developers, we decided to build from the ground up a fully-accessible ecommerce cart that would suit users as well as the web teams who would be supplying the software. As the software is built on a solid foundation of modern web standards, we've ended up with a product that is easy to use as well as customize. We currently have over 5,000 active licenses.""

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13 Live web streaming from User Vision
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

uTalkMarketing.com -- "Press Release:  User Vision’s international client-base can now watch focus groups and user test sessions carried out in Edinburgh, live from the comfort of their home or office.  This move strengthens User Vision’s position at the cutting edge of UK customer insight research.

Live video and audio web streaming from User Vision will provide clients valuable insight through live observation as companies increasingly look to save travel costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

...The software allows observers not only to watch and listen but also share comments and opinions with other observers and even the moderator through a messaging panel."

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14 Creation of Accessible Documents - A Market Update from Bloor Research
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

It-Director.com -- "In May 2009, Bloor Research released a Market Update on the subject of The Creation of Accessible Documents.

There is a continuing and growing pressure on organisations to enhance the accessibility of their goods and services. There are legal, financial and moral benefits to accessibility. The benefits are greater if the cost of implementation is kept under control.

Providing information electronically has now become an essential part of all organisations. This means the internet site must be accessible to people with disabilities and this includes any PDF documents available on the site.

Unfortunately most PDF files available via the web are not accessible. This Market Update looks at the reasons for this and the tools available for producing accessible PDF. It concludes that there are commercial available tools that have the potential to produce accessible PDF and therefore there is now no reason for new documents not to be accessible. "

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15 Rwanda: Children And Their Laptops
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

AllAfrica.com -- "Kigali — The sight that greets you as you walk through Kanombe airport's Bourbon Café is one that is unexpected. What makes afternoons and evenings at the airport interesting is the fact that the coffee shop has become a one stop internet hot spot for both children and adults alike.

...The availability of a wireless network at the airport and other hot spots within the city has made the inquisitive young kids converge to surf, and now that they are more less addicted, a day hardly goes by without them browsing the net.

However, this comes at a cost of Rwf 1000 per hour at Bourbon Café. For the green and white laptop children, parents cater for their expenses or they will have to save from their daily food allowance in order to surf the net during after-school hours. It is only within schools boundaries that wireless internet is readily available..."

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16 Challenges more than physical for disabled
Updated: 24 Jun 2009
TheLiberal.Com -- "Most of us picture wheelchair ramps and braille when we think of accessibility, but Donna Hardaker knows there are barriers even more difficult to overcome.

Ms Hardaker, a specialist with the Canadian Mental Health Association's York Region branch, joined the region's accessibility advisory committee last year, hoping to bring attention to the barriers facing those with mental illnesses.

"People don't understand that mental illness could be a disability," she said.

At last month's meeting, council approved the 2009 accessibility plan (dubbed "Access-Ability") and as important as it is to remove physical barriers, communication issues and inflexible workplace attitudes can be just as difficult to overcome, Ms Hardaker said.

She speaks from experience, having battled depression and abandoned a dynamic career in the process. "
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17 Breaking down barriers for accessible IT
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

VNunet.com -- "Last week’s European elections were always going to be controversial ­ – the current fury over MPs’ expenses claims saw to that. But elsewhere in the EU, it was the voting process itself that came under fire, with many arguing that new e-voting technology that is intended to empower citizens is actually alienating some.

...The accessibility issues raised by ANEC are by no means unique to last week’s elections. In the UK, many organisations are still failing to provide universal access to their services, with the problem being particularly acute in the private sector."

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18 PM asks web creator for data help
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PublicService.Co.UK

Date: June 11, 2009

URL: http://www.publicservice.co.uk/news_story.asp?id=9742

"The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called in Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, to help the government free up more data online.

In his statement on constitutional renewal, which covered a variety of different topics, he stressed the importance of government information being accessible. The PM said that to make sure the data was useful for the widest possible group of people, he had called in Sir Tim to help.

Brown added that Sir Tim would work with the government over the coming month to "drive the opening up of access to government data in the web"..."

Read the entire article and comment at: http://www.publicservice.co.uk/news_story.asp?id=9742

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19 Call to make Web more accessible
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Business-Standard.com

Date: June 11, 2009

By: BS Reporter / Chennai/ Bangalore

URL:  http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/call-to-make-web-more-accessible/360713/

 

"Web accessibility is mandated by law. But, many a website may not follow it, often robbing those wanting to visit a website of a chance to explore the World Wide Web.

 Poorly designed websites can create unnecessary barriers for people with disabilities, just as poorly designed buildings prevent some from entering. Designers may not realise how simple features built into a web page will assist someone who, for instance, cannot see a computer monitor or use a mouse, said a CII report “A Values Route to Business Success — The Why and How of Employing Persons With Disability”..."

 

Read the entire article and share at: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/call-to-make-web-more-accessible/360713/

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20 Other voices: Google agreement will extend U-M libraries' accessibility
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: MLive.com

Date: June 7, 2009

by Paul N. Courant | Dean of Libraries, University of Michigan

URL: http://www.mlive.com/opinion/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2009/06/other_voices_google_agreement.html

"...The result will be ubiquitous online access to a collection unparalleled in size and scope, preservation of the scholarly and cultural record embodied in the collections of great research libraries, new lines of research, and greatly expanded access to the world's printed work for persons with print disabilities.

...The Google settlement changes all that. Under the settlement, Google will provide access to a huge digital collection on behalf of the authors and publishers who hold United States copyright to works digitized from participating libraries...."

Read the entire article and comment at: http://www.mlive.com/opinion/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2009/06/other_voices_google_agreement.html

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21 Rural Americans Want Better Internet Connection
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Switched.com / USA Today

Date: June 9, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.switched.com/2009/06/09/rural-americans-want-better-internet-connection/

 

SNIPET:

"...If you tear your hair out after ten minutes of not being able to connect to the Internet, think of farmers like Jeff Roper, who deal with lost connections for days or weeks at a time. Roper told USAToday, "Just because we live in rural America doesn't mean we shouldn't have broadband." He lives on a 2,400-acre farm and expects the same accessibility as any city dweller.

And Congress agrees. The Internet is not only an important source of information, but a major factor in job creation. According to Connected Nation as cited by USA Today, an economic stimulus to support broadband installation in remote areas would cost $7.2 billion, but a mere 7-percent increase in broadband access could stimulate the economy by more than $134 billion. [From: USA Today]"

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22 Poor website designs frustrate disabled
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: TheWindsorStar.com

Date: June 9, 2009

By: Gary Rennie, The Windsor Star

URL: http://www2.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=2b3cfe7c-e3b9-4bf4-8c98-ddaf52c49e19

 

"...But even with specialized equipment and software, persons with disabilities often can't get the messages at all because of the websites' design.

...Websites that require a mouse or touchpad for successful navigation can be a major barrier for those who rely on using special keyboard commands or mouth-held pointers, Saxon pointed out...."

 

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23 Effectively Using Images
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: JaneAndRobot.com

Date: May 14, 2009

by Vanessa Fox

URL: http://janeandrobot.com/library/effectively-using-images

"...Just keep some simple things in mind when adding those images to your pages. As a bonus, these tips help not only with search engine robots, but with Jane as well! You want your site to be accessible in screen readers, to those who have images turned off in their browsers, and to those who have slow connections or are on mobile browsers and may have trouble loading images.

By providing search engine robots with textual information about the images on your site, your site can benefit not only from better placement in web search results, but in image search results also. Image Seach can provide substantial search traffic, so don’t overlook this as an acquisition channel...." -- JaneAndRobot

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24 Accessibility leader found inspiration in daughter
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

TimesDispatch.com -- "TecAccess. When her daughter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, she quit her corporate job and started a company to help others...Making technology as accessible as possible is still an emerging business but is expected to become even larger under the federal stimulus package, Ruh said..."

Debra Ruh was comfortable working for corporate America, collecting regular paychecks and building up her retirement fund.

She risked it all for TecAccess, a Hanover County-based provider of accessibility and workforce solutions for people with disabilities, baby boomers and disabled veterans.

"I think an entrepreneur came up with the saying that ignorance is bliss," Ruh said.

Her inspiration for TecAccess was daughter Sara, who was born with Down syndrome.

"It's all about me," said Sara, 22.

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25 The Biggest Mistakes A Web Designer Can Make
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: TheCoffeeDesk.com

Date: June 4, 2009

Posted by Anthony 

URL: http://thecoffeedesk.com/news/index.php/2009/06/04/web-design-mistakes/

Make it maintainable (KISS)

"...KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. I know some brilliant people out there that take I/O into heavy consideration when designing a web application thanks to a large background in computer science or computer engineering. Unfortunately, the PHP/ASP.NET/CFM/whatever code they’ve written for the server is an absolute mess... 

HTML Hell

...The table-based, completely static 5-page HTML website (usually complete with JavaScript blink effects and marquees) is so 1995. We’ve evolved since then: semantic markup is not only prettier to maintain, but also has SEO and speed advantages I covered in an earlier article, “Two Birds, One Stone: Optimizing Your site In Both Speed And SEO“..."

Read the entire article and comment at: http://thecoffeedesk.com/news/index.php/2009/06/04/web-design-mistakes/
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26 Herdict Web seeks to gain insight into what users around the world are experiencing in terms of web accessibility
Updated: 04 Jun 2009

Published by: Herdict.org

URL: http://www.herdict.org/web/

"Have you ever come across a web site that you could not access and wondered,"Am I the only one?" Herdict Web aggregates reports of inaccessible sites, allowing users to compare data to see if inaccessibility is a shared problem. By crowdsourcing data from around the world, we can document accessibility for any web site, anywhere.

 

Herdict Web is the first collaborative, real-time map of Internet accessibility and it needs your input.  You can participate in three easy ways:

  1. Test sites using our Herdict Reporter.

  2. Download the browser add-on to easily report on site accessibility while you browse.

  3. Add the Herdict Web Ticker to your blog or web site!

By participating, you can help us document inaccessibility around the world."

About Herdict

Herdict is a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Herdict is a portmanteau of 'herd' and 'verdict' and seeks to show the verdict of the users (the herd). Herdict Web seeks to gain insight into what users around the world are experiencing in terms of web accessibility; or in other words, determine the herdict.

The brainchild of Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Herdict Web is a natural progression from the OpenNet Initiative. Whereas OpenNet views Internet filtering through an academic lens, Herdict uses crowdsourcing to learn about and present a real time view of the experiences of users around the globe."

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27 Six New Media Challenges
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

AmericanProgress.org --   

  

"Legal and Policy Considerations for Federal Use of Web 2.0 Technology

"The Obama campaign set a new model for how to spread information through new media and social networking technologies such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and others. It also sparked imagination about how these Web 2.0 technologies could usher in a new era of government transparency and citizen participation.

The Obama administration has already begun to take up some of the same technologies it used during the campaign and on change.gov. But it hasn’t yet used these applications to the same extent it did previously, and that’s largely because it is now subject to federal laws and regulations regarding privacy, disability access, advertising, and other issues.

This paper addresses six key legal and policy issues that the Obama administration will have to address for WhiteHouse.gov and federal agency websites to use Web 2.0 widely and effectively."

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28 Ten things to consider before signing your next website contract
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

JamaicaObserver.com -- "It is in the interest of both the developer and you to fully understand the terms of the contract before signing. Waiting until there is a problem to understand the terms and technicalities of the contract may be too late.

...Web Accessibility - your website development contract should contain appropriate language regarding compliance with the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These are real issues, as companies have been sued for lack of compliance. These guidelines are outlined at http://www.w3.org/."


 

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29 Skype 4.1 beta: Share your Windows screen
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

DownLoad.CNET.com -- "Skype 4.1 beta also reintroduces birthday reminder alerts and contacts-sharing, which were two features left out of Skype during its upgrade from version 3.8 to 4.0. Birthday reminders are automatic notices you receive on a contact's birthday if they've added this information to their profile. The send-a-contact feature can be found in the Conversation navigation menu under the "Send" option.

Two other notable reinclusions are the ability to import contacts from Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL, and LinkedIn in addition to Skype 4.0's support for Yahoo and Microsoft Outlook products; and a screen reader accessibility tool to help visually impaired people use Skype."

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30 A New Wave of Openness and Accessibility: Kayak on The Semantic Web | eyefortravel
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: HospitalityNet.org

Date: May 25, 2009

URL: http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4041562.search?query=web+accessibility

"The emergence of the “semantic web” is ushering in a new wave of openness and accessibility.

XML feeds and APIs are becoming increasingly popular, making it easier for sites to partner with each other and offer valuable services to their users...."

  

Read the entire article at: http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4041562.search?query=web+accessibility

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31 Wolfram Alpha launches to mixed reviews
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: VNUNet.com

Date: May 198 2009

by: Phil Muncaster

URL: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2242417/wolfram-alpha-digests-mixed

"The much-heralded Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine has finally launched. Feedback about the site is largely positive, although some users have expressed frustration with persistent deficiencies.

..."One of the keys to Google's or Wikipedia's success is accessibility," the user wrote. "I love the results of the machine, but please get to web standards! Use XHTML, MathML, XML with Stylesheets and SVG/Canvas Object for results rendering. Rendered text [and] images are so 1997.""

Read the entire article and comment at: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2242417/wolfram-alpha-digests-mixed

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32 Local government performs better than private sector on
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

eGovMonitor.com  -- "Local government has outperformed a sample of private sector organisations in the finance, retail and travel sectors (including Northern Rock, EasyJet and Tesco) on awareness of accessibility policy and its implementation.

This is the key finding of research by Socitm Insight on website accessibility statements which, according to the latest guidance from the Central Office of Information (COI) and the British Standards Institute (BSi) play a central role ensuring that an organisation's website is actually accessible to all users.

The research is published in A world denied: a supplement for Better connected 2009 on accessibility statements. This looks at one of the key elements of accessibility practice, and follows last year's more general guidance on making websites accessible. If accessibility good practice is not followed, and websites are not designed to accommodate their needs, disabled people and others can find difficult or even impossible to use."

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33 Why web accessibility is important
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: OnLineContentGuide

URL: http://www.onlinecontentguide.co.uk/?p=245

"There are many reasons to make your website accessible and they can largely be lumped under three headings that show why web accessibility so important. This page explains these three points  to tell you why making websites accessible is good practice and how it helps your content to be accessed by the largest number of people possible.

1. People with disabilities

2. Elderly and temporarily disabled

3. Website promotion"

Read the article and comment at: http://www.onlinecontentguide.co.uk/?p=245

More at OnlineContentGuide.com 

Web Accessibility:  http://www.onlinecontentguide.co.uk/?page_id=228

Accessible Images: http://www.onlinecontentguide.co.uk/?p=267

 

 

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34 About: SIMPLYRAYDEEN.COM
Updated: 23 May 2013

 

{jumi [*3]}

My real name is Raydeen Gallogly, I've been involved in website accessibility for over 20 years. Why do I continue to do this for so long? ... Besides being the right thing to do, website accessibility has and continues to be my real passion.

Not much has changed over the years, the concept is still the same but web site developers still struggle with making the most simple things seem to be very hard.

 

"Accessible Tags -- A basic adaptation that makes Web sites accessible is the addition of alt tags. These pop-out windows are attached to text and graphics, providing material for screen readers for the blind. Alt tags are critical to accessibility. Using a program such as JAWS, from Freedom Scientific, a screen reader can breeze through text on a screen at the speed desired by the user. Even PDF pages can be made accessible with Adobe's newest tools and plug-ins.

 

Sometimes, the failure to create accessibility is ironic. Jeff Bennett, who analyzed Web accessibility for New York's Office for Technology, demonstrated a Web site that had offered shopping services for disabled individuals. As a blind user, he could shop for groceries and household items from the comfort of his home. Although the Web site was beautifully constructed with excellent descriptions given of the products available, it eventually sported one glaring error. In the center of the screen on the home page was a letter announcing that the company was going out of business. The letter was in Portable Document Format and unavailable to the screen reader that Bennett depends upon. He could still order groceries and, when they failed to arrive as usual, he would never know why.

Bennett espoused his Web philosophy, "KISS" (keep it simple, stupid). He says this easily remembered acronym is the backbone of accessible design. "The best thing to do is to keep it simple," Bennett said. "Label all graphics, label all links, make sure all links can be accessed by a keyboard and do not require use of a mouse, and avoid using mouse-over links."

Keep It Simple (KISS) -- Tips for Web Site Accessibility

  1. Provide alternative text for non-text elements (e.g., graphics) when the elements are meaningful to the content of the page
  2. Label all links using the 'title' attribute
  3. Make sure all links can be accessed by a keyboard (test: forget the mouse! ... use your tab key to test for access and order of links

 

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35 Partnership opens up the web for all
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

ThisIsThe Sentinal  -- "TWO IT specialists have joined forces to help entrepreneurs with disabilities launch their own websites. "According to Stoke-on-Trent-based firms Internet Business Solutions and T&T Consultancy, web pages adapted for blind and partially-sighted people are usually unattractive and inconvenient for fully-sighted visitors.

Trentham firm T&T already develops and sells software packages which reproduce on-screen information as Braille and speech, making it easier for blind and partially-sighted people to manage e-commerce sites.

Now it has formed a partnership with Internet Business Solutions – also from Trentham – to offer a consultancy service to companies which want a site that is completely accessible to people with disabilities, as well as being attractive and easy to use.

Internet Business Solutions managing director Neil Erlam said: "To comply with disability discrimination legislation, websites have to be written in such a way that screen reading software can understand them."

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36 Presidents and the Internet relations
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: eCommerceJournal

Date: May 11, 2009

URL: http://ecommerce-journal.com/articles/15312_presidents_and_the_internet_relations

"...Of course, the first leader, we are to talk about is Barack Obama. He is considered to be one of the most technologically-connected presidents throughout the world and even the most Internet savvy President the USA has ever seen. He’s named by the Americans as an Internet president, because since he occupied his post enormous changes were seen in IT sphere. Almost all the Obama’s communications are done through the internet...

One of the unique features of the Obama campaign was an ability to take advantage of some social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook. And these actions showed social networking sites usage to be more powerful mobilizing tool to attract new supporters than sending out emails or waiting activists to come to the website..."

Read the entire article at: http://ecommerce-journal.com/articles/15312_presidents_and_the_internet_relations

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37 Flying the Wi-Fi skies
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

MSNBC.com --

"Airlines are testing the service, but what will travelers pay?

Most in-flight Wi-Fi services are free during the testing phase, in part to make sure the systems actually work and in part to familiarize travelers with using Wi-Fi in the air.

...In-flight Wi-Fi options In the past year, U.S. airlines have begun testing and offering some form of in-flight Wi-Fi service. JetBlue’s single “BetaBlue” plane has been equipped with a narrowband service that allows travelers to send e-mail and instant messages and plans to begin expanding the service to its A320 fleet sometime this year. American, Delta, United and Virgin America are working with Aircell to offer Gogo broadband Wi-Fi services (see related article, below, regarding GoGoInFlight) on a steadily increasing number of planes. Just last week, in fact, American Airlines — the first U.S. airline to get going with Gogo — announced plans to install in-flight broadband in more than 300 of its airplanes in the next two years. Virgin America plans to have all 28 of its planes Wi-Fi enabled by June. (About half are now.) And recently Alaska and Southwest airlines began testing Row 44’s satellite-delivered broadband Wi-Fi services on a few planes."

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38 Quick Hints To Make Site Cross Browser Compatible
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: ArticleDashBoard.com

Author: Manish Rawat

URL:  http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Quick-hints-to-make-site-cross-browser-compatible/857645

"...Invalid (X)HTML or CSS gives rise to bugs. A W3Cvalidated site can be easily made browser compatible. Validate your (X)HTML code with the W3C validator and your CSS file with the W3C CSS validator.


...Now the final step is to fix the issue. This could be done by fixing the code that is causing the problem. Write the code again for the specific browser. You could find many CSS hacks over internet to do that...."

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39 Insert Flash Design Into The Website For Successful Website Design
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: ArticleDashBoard.com

Read the entire article at:  http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Insert-Flash-Design-into-the-Website-for-Successful-Website-Design/860827

"Flash website design is being used by many websites for improving their presentation and communication. Some people like it and some don't, the use of flash depends on this factor also. Many sources have bad mouthed flash that it is bad from SEO point of view and thus bringing down a websites ranking. But such situation arises when there is excessive usage of flash designs. If used in proper manner and required quantity, it could prove to be lucrative and effective both in delivering the message to the target audience. Flash website design has the caliber to instantly communicate the visitors information regarding products, service, aim of the site, etc...."

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40 Separate Text-only Version? No Thanks!
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: ArticleDashBoard.com

Author: Trenton Moss, Webcredible - www.webcredible.co.uk

Read the entire article at: http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Separate-text-only-version--No-thanks-/10071

"...The most ironic thing about text-only versions, is that often they don't even offer full accessibility. This could be for a number of reasons, two of the most common being:

- Non-descriptive link text: Visually impaired Internet users can browse web pages by tabbing from one link to the next. Link text such as ‘click here' and ‘more', which may feature in a text-only version, won't make any sense to them when doing this.

- Inaccessible forms: For optimal accessibility, prompt text should be assigned to its form item, using the label for attribute. To check for this, a flashing cursor should appear in each form box when the text next to it is clicked."

By: Trenton Moss

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41 Profound Logic Aims to Simplify Menu Navigation with Atrium
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

ItJungle.com -- "Profound says the idea behind Atrium is to give customers a strong framework that improves both accessibility and usability of their systems, while insuring security at the same time. ...

Atrium also introduces the concept of tabbed computing to the i OS application navigation equation. Tabbed computing, if you are unaware, allows a user to have several Web browser screens open at the same time within a single instance of the Web browser. It was first introduced several years ago by Mozilla with its Firefox browser, and it proved so popular that Microsoft decided to copy it (imagine that!) by bringing tabbed browsing to IE."

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42 How POUR is Your Blog
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Glenda Watson Hyatt

Date: May 1, 2009

URL: http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2009/how-pour-is-your-blog/

"...This free ebook:

  • Defines web accessibility,
  • Outlines four key characteristics of accessible blogs,
  • Provides three ways to increase accessibility with your next blog post, and
  • Lists additional resources.

Download How POUR is Your Blog? Tips for Increasing Your Blog’s Accessibility and discover how POUR your blog truly is. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the ebook.)..."

 

Visit Glenda Watson Hyatt at: http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2009/how-pour-is-your-blog/

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43 Ioo's Web Game of the Week: Look at the A-Mazing Colors – If You Can
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: AbleGamers.com

Date: May 3, 2009

URL: http://ablegamers.com/web-games/540-ioos-web-game-of-the-week-look-at-the-a-mazing-colors-if-you-can.html

"...The most blatantly obvious part about this game is that those of you who are colorblind will have extreme difficulty playing Neon maze.  We spoke to the developer, Vitaliy Zlotskiy, about the lack of a colorblind option.

"I really regret this," said Vitaliy. "I get a lot of comments from color blind people that complain that they just cannot play my game;

...All in all this game is very accessible to everyone but the colorblind."

Read the entire article at: http://ablegamers.com/web-games/540-ioos-web-game-of-the-week-look-at-the-a-mazing-colors-if-you-can.html

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44 Web Accessibility is The Need Of The Hour - Innovation Potential Remains Unexplored
Updated: 04 May 2009

Published by: WebWire.com

Date: May 4, 2009

URL: http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=94227

"If you don’t give optimal exposure to your website on the internet, you are missing a large part of your market-share. Many people use the internet for their purchasing needs. Web accessibility is the need of the hour-innovation potential remains unexplored. Accessibility Computing offers the newest technologies and innovations for web accessibility....

Accessible Computing at www.accessiblecomputing.com is a one-stop solution for ecommerce, marketing, design and development, professional logos, website content and full service websites. They offer plenty of free reports about website accessibility.

Skyrocketing in search engine results involves more than using a keyword over and over to get top placement. You don’t pay extra for accessibility or usability when Accessible Computing designs and develops your website.

There’s no sales pitch - only answers to your questions and honest advice. Christian Abad states, “I provide free, no obligation phone consultations where I’ll answer all your questions and share some of what experience has taught me about what makes a successful website, just fill out the request for information on our website, and I’ll be in touch in 24 to 48 hours”. "

Read the entire article at: http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=94227

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45 Halo Series - What Should Have Been Done
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

AbleGamers.com --

"Games Are Communities

What we are talking about is an acknowledgement that gaming is for everyone, it has never been more mainstream.  As the developer and publisher of the most important titles on the system, a first party flagship franchise, Bungie and Microsoft should have set themselves the goal of achieving an altogether differed landmark as well.  Acknowledging that, while no system with ever be perfect, accessibility issues will now always be considered an important part of the design ethos.

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46 BBC's Online Access Champion.
Updated: 27 Apr 2009

Published by: BBC Internet Blog

Date: April 27, 2009

Author: Seetha Kumar

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2009/04/seetha_kumar_at_the_national_d.html

"...Thirdly and no less important : we will develop our services and work with our partners to make online services as accessible and attractive as possible to a wide audience, to communicate the benefits and to give people a reason to get online.

Accessibility is not an optional extra. We'll continue to improve our services to make them even more accessible, regardless of ability or disability. I'm talking here in terms of giving the user more control of display features such as font sizes, page layout, contrast and colour, The BBC has led the way in terms of accessible web pages - you can set all this up for yourselves from the accessibility link in the top left corner of the BBC's homepage.

What we will also do is explore what more can be done such as:

- Developing new content and products unique to broadband that could encourage people to get online

- Supporting new internet users with advice on navigating the web

- Using our TV and radio programmes to drive interest in what the BBC and others already offer online.

- Using developing platforms such as mobile and broadband-connected television (IPTV) as a means of getting internet content without needing a PC."

Read the entire article at BBC.co.uk/blogs/

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47 National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin for April 2009
Updated: 27 Apr 2009

Published by: PRNewsWire.com

Date: April 27, 2009

URL: PressWire - click here, the URL is too long to publish

"WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the National Council on Disability's monthly bulletin for April 2009:

A Monthly Newsletter from the National Council on Disability (NCD)

John R. Vaughn, Chairperson

April 2009

 

NCD Web Page

During the business portion of the quarterly meeting, NCD voted to continue increasing accessibility and usability of its Web site at http://www.ncd.gov/. The site currently receives approximately 11 million successful hits per year with readers downloading nearly 600,000 publications per year. NCD is committed to having an accessible and user-friendly Web site. If you have any suggestions for improvements, please send them to ncd@ncd.gov. "

Read the entire newsletter at PRNewsWire.com

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48 Census 2011 leads on-line revolution for 30 million households
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: 24Dash.com

Date: April 27, 2009

URL: Click on this link, URL is too long to publish here

"The 2011 Census for England and Wales will be driven by an online revolution aimed at ensuring that the entire population has the information it needs to fill out the forms accurately and in time for the deadline.

The 4,000 page Census 2011 Website will be designed and implemented by WTG, a recognised innovator in the delivery of web solutions to government and commercial enterprises.

WTG will be responsible for the design and information architecture for the website and online census form as well as a Web Self-Help facility which will be the critical way to access information on how to fill-in the 20 page-plus Census form. With over 30 million households required to fill in the form over a designated three-day period in 2011, the Census Website itself will be a critical first point of contact for many looking for information on how to complete the form...."

 

Read the entire article at: 24dash.com

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49 Website Basics
Updated: 27 Apr 2009

Basic Web Site Accessibility Principles:

Keep your web page HTML code simple

Avoid overusing JavaScripts. Consider revising scripts which change web page content following a user action.

Convey text information using text, not images.

Make hyperlink text self-explanatory.

If you do use Flash, read and use the Adobe Flash accessibility guidelines to make it accessible.

Read more...

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50 Vice President Joe Biden Announces Kareem Dale As Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Updated: 27 Apr 2009

"The commitment that the President and I have to Special Olympics and people with disabilities is deep and abiding. And we are backing up those words with real action at the White House," said Vice President Biden. "This is our first step to ensure that we have a strong advocate for people with disabilities at the highest levels of our Administration. "  - Joe Biden, Vice President

 

Read the press release...

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51 Bookshare
Updated: 23 Apr 2009

Bookshare is the world's largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities (e.g., Readers who are blind or have low vision, learning disabilities or a mobility impairment that prevents them from reading a traditional printed book).

http://www.bookshare.org/

 

Press Release by: PRWeb - Press Release Newswire

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52 Quick Query: Joe Dolson of Accessible Web Design
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

PracticaleCommerce.com

"There are millions of disabled Internet users who are unable to use a website in a traditional manner, and making sure a site functions for sight impaired, deaf or disabled users is called "accessibility." To learn more about the topic, we spoke with Joseph C. Dolson, president and founder of Accessible Web Design, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based firm that designs and consults on accessibility matters.

..."The World Wide Web Consortium, also known as W3C, is an international group of companies and technical experts who meet to decide standards that will be commonly used by browser manufacturers, website designers, and all sorts of other creators of software that interacts online to have a common base. It includes Apple, Microsoft, and other big tech companies, as well as members from all across the world who are just casual experts to advise on issues.""

 

Read the entire article at:

Published by: PracticaleCommerce.com

Date: March 30, 2009 · by Practical eCommerce Staff

URL: http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/1035-Quick-Query-Joe-Dolson-of-Accessible-Web-Design

 

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53 Usable Accessibility: Making Web Sites Work Well for People with Disabilities
Updated: 18 Apr 2009

"When people talk about both usability and accessibility, it is often to point out how they differ. Accessibility often gets pigeon-holed as simply making sure there are no barriers to access for screen readers or other assistive technology, without regard to usability, while usability usually targets everyone who uses a site or product, without considering people who have disabilities. In fact, the concept of usability often seems to exclude people with disabilities, as though just access is all they are entitled to. What about creating a good user experience for people with disabilities—going beyond making a Web site merely accessible to make it truly usable for them?

In the spirit of the column Ask UXmatters, I spoke to a number of leading advocates for accessibility to find out what they think about usable accessibility."

Published by: UXmatters

By Whitney Quesenbery

Published: February 23, 2009

URL: http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2009/02/usable-accessibility-making-web-sites-work-well-for-people-with-disabilities.php

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54 Accessibility to the Face
Updated: 23 Apr 2009

Published by: Northtemple

"The issues of accessibility are a daily reality for my family. For us, it’s not a political issue at all. Our oldest daughter, Ramona, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around.

Allow me to give you a glimpse of what this aspect of our life is like...

Accessibility is NOT a checklist.

Accessibility is about usability.

Accessibility is a paradigm shift.

Accessibility is a personal issue."

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55 Disabilities (hand tremors, forms, contrasting colors ...): Web site accessibility
Updated: 16 Apr 2009

"What makes a website accessible? “For one, many people with hand tremors have difficulty using a mouse and because of that can't fill out online forms to make purchases,” she said. An accessible website lets customers move between sections of a form using only the tab key.

In addition, an accessible website has contrasting colors to help people with color blindness and a “clean” background for people with vision challenges, she said. It also has large-sized fonts, doesn't use bright yellow or red lettering, and has alternative text behind every website image in order for blind people to “read” it. Also, an accessible website lets users change font sizes."

 

Published  by: The Daily Citizen

April 06, 2009

By Daniel J. Vance

 

URL: http://www.daltondailycitizen.com/Health/local_story_096140912.html?keyword=topstory

 

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56 Making the new Yahoo! Currency Converter accessible
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

A great resource from Yahoo Developer Network:

  

Making the new Yahoo! Currency Converter accessible

"The right markup
The good thing about using the right markup is not only that it is semantically correct and therefore pleases the Standardistas, but also that it makes perfect sense by itself. The Currency Converter without CSS and JavaScript not only works, but is also still easily understandable for users who can see as well as for those who cannot."

 

Published by: Yahoo Developer Network

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57 Facebook Accessibility
Updated: 12 May 2009

Read more: FaceBook Accessibility

 

FaceBook has been working with the American Foundation for the Blind to make it easier, for individuals with disabilities, to use Facebook.

Related Articles

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58 eBay - Accessibility
Updated: 02 May 2009

eBay selects Webcredible for online accessibility consultancy services

Published by: Webcredible

URL: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/about-us/pr/ebay.shtml

"As part of its commitment to online accessibility, eBay UK has selected online usability and accessibility consultants, Webcredible, to provide training and process consultancy for accessibility services, as well as working on specific accessibility projects."

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From Blind Access Journal

Following many other sites as they realize that visual-only tests are not acceptable, eBay has instituted an audio CAPTCHA. Although it has not been confirmed, this is a positive step by one of the internet’s largest commercial sites."

Published by: AccessibilityBlog.com

URL: http://www.accessibilityblog.com/2006/08/03/ebay-changes-to-audio-captcha/

 

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 eBay Achieves 99.9% Site Accessibility in Q3 2001

"Technical problems have plagued eBay in the past, so when the site achieved 99.9% accessibility in the third quarter of 2001, it sent out a press release calling it the "highlight of the year."

Published by: AuctionBytes.com

URL: http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y01/m12/i21/s02

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59 Facebook - Accessibility
Updated: 24 Jun 2009
Facebook has been working with the American Foundation for the Blind to make it easier, for individuals with disabilities, to use Facebook.

Here is a list of references that will hopefully get you started:

  

Making Facebook Accessible for Everyone

Published by: Facebook Blog

URL: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=71852922130

"About two years ago, AFB approached Facebook in order to combat the accessibility problems of blind members who were having trouble using the site and its applications, including AFB's own cause on Facebook. From our very first interaction, Facebook has been responsive to our feedback and committed to finding solutions to these problems. This has underscored the fact that Facebook is a community dedicated to all of its members, including those with disabilities."

Facebook Works with the Blind on Accessibility

Published by: WebProNews

URL: http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/04/07/facebook-works-with-the-blind-on-accessibility

"From our very first interaction, Facebook has been responsive to our feedback and committed to finding solutions to these problems," says AFB CEO Carl R. Augusto in a post on the Facebook Blog. "This has underscored the fact that Facebook is a community dedicated to all of its members, including those with disabilities."

Facebook Gets Enhanced Accessibility for the Visually Impaired, French Canadian Speaker

Published by: Find My Soft

URL: http://www.findmysoft.com/news/Facebook-Gets-Enhanced-Accessibility-for-the-Visually-Impaired-French-Canadian-Speaker/

Popular social networking site Facebook, who has recently been focusing on its looks and security, has now addressed two issues regarding accessibility to the aforementioned site by making it easier for the visually impaired to access Facebook (as detailed by the CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind) and by releasing a French Canadian version of Facebook.

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60 10 Common Errors When Implementing Accessibility
Updated: 05 Apr 2009

"Web developers attempting to build accessible websites often make the same mistakes time and time again. Although they're trying their hardest sometimes their overzealousness gets in the way and actually hinders the accessibility of their websites."

 

Published by: Webcredible

January 2008

Read more information at: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-accessibility/errors.shtml

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61 Twitter - Accessibility
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Here are some references to get you started, I found the amount of information on the web overwhelming; hopefully you will find what you are looking for:  

  

Welcome to McTwit

URL: http://mctwit.com/node/1 

McTwit is a free, open source desktop client for Twitter.com, a popular social networking site.


The program is designed with productivity of keyboard users in mind. Additionally, if the JAWS, System Access, or Window-Eyes screen reader is active, some information is conveyed efficiently through direct speech messages.


McTwit works on almost any version of Windows. Its use of standard controls tends to maximize accessibility. Programmed in a cross-platform language, the source code is also relatively easy for interested developers to port to other operating systems. McTwit's flexible, direct access to Twitter features makes it convenient to explore and communicate interactively. You can select a user either by pointing to a list item or entering a screen name. Get a list of someone's tweets, followers, or leaders with a single keystroke. Go to a related URL, subscribe to tweets, post a public reply, or send a private message quicker and easier then it is currently possible on the web.

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Interview with Accessible Twitter creator Dennis Lembree

Published by: Accessify.com

URL: http://accessify.com/news/2009/04/interview-with-accessible-twitter-creator-dennis-lembree/

Accessible Twitter Logo
 "Accessify recently spoke to founder of Accessible Twitter Dennis Lembree, who is also behind Web Overhauls and web accessibility podcast Web Axe. We wanted to find out more about the background to Accessible Twitter, what prompted it and where it might go next. Here’s what Dennis had to say: ..."

Read the entire article at: Accessify.com 

 

 

Item   Twitter Accessibility Problems...

"There are many accessibility problems with Twitter, but by far the biggest issue is having links that can only be activated using a mouse. The links for making a particular tweet a favourite, the links for replying to a particular tweet, and the links to delete a tweet or direct message can only be activated using the mouse on the standard Twitter website. The favourite, reply and delete links are revealed when the user hovers the mouse over a tweet. "

Published by: Juicy Studio

Monday, 12th January 2009

Author: Gez Lemon

Read more by visiting:  http://juicystudio.com/article/twitter-focus.php#twitteraccessibility

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Item  Improving Twitter Accessibility

Focus Twitter Greasemonkey script to help with web accessibility

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Item  Twitter Accessibility CSUN Tweetup

Slide Show

by: Jared Smith - WebAIM 

http://www.slideshare.net/jared_w_smith/twitter-accessibility

  

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Item  Twitter and Accessibility:

"Is it possible to make twitter a screen reader accessible inclusion in a web site? Is it already in an accessible format?
I'm trying to make my site as accessible as possible. "

Read more at: http://getsatisfaction.com/twitter/topics/twitter_accessibility_dream_or_reality

Published by: GetSatisfaction.com

  

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62 Web Accessibility Principles - Quick Reference
Updated: 05 Apr 2009

Quick Reference - Web Accessibility Principles


WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) has created this resource as a quick overview  to help developers understand the concepts of web accessibility. 

Follow this link for more information directly from WebAIM:

http://webaim.org/resources/quickref/

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63 Testing Web Content for Accessibility
Updated: 05 Apr 2009
Quick Reference
Testing Web Content for Accessibility

 

WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) has created a resource to help developers understand web accessibility testing.

 

Follow this link for info directly from WebAim:   http://webaim.org/resources/evalquickref/

  

Disable styles and linearize tables

Check alternative text

Verify color and contrast

Test content scaling

Check keyboard accessibility

Evaluate form accessibility and usability

Test with a screen reader

Valid HTML and CSS

Testing with WAVE

as a one page PDF file. An HTML version is also available.

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64 Accessibility Statement
Updated: 20 Apr 2009

"An accessibility statement provides website visitors with information on how to utilize any accessibility features implemented, together with known barriers and how to overcome them. This information is usually presented on a dedicated page within the website."

 

Read more at: Digital Web Magazine

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1 Software tool helps Web developers identify seizure-causing content
Updated: 23 Jul 2009
Reported by: Sandra Knisely - "In 1997, an episode of the popular Pokemon cartoon gained worldwide attention when more than 800 Japanese children with photosensitive seizure conditions were admitted to the hospital after viewing the cartoon or the subsequent news coverage of it.

Researchers from the UW-Madison Trace Center have released a software tool that could prevent similar incidences of media-triggered seizures in children who are browsing the Internet or using computer programs.

The software, called the Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool (PEAT), allows Web developers to evaluate their site content and determine whether the content presents a danger to people with photosensitive epilepsy.

PEAT is the first tool developed for evaluating Web-based content, and a beta version is available for free download from the Trace Center, a pioneer center that designs mainstream information technology accessible to people with disabilities."

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2 StayWell Custom Communications Announces Strategic Alliance with Siteimprove
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: News.PRNewsWire.com

Date: June 8, 2009

URL: http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-08-2009/0005039825&EDATE=

"EVANSTON, Ill., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Custom health communications company StayWell Custom Communications (SCC), a division of MediMedia USA, has announced an exclusive strategic alliance with Siteimprove to provide value-added services that help health care organizations ensure the integrity, accuracy, and accessibility of their website content.

 

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Teaming with Siteimprove will provide StayWell Custom clients a suite of website management and maintenance tools which include:

 

 

  • SiteCheck- The SiteCheck service will automatically check an entire website for errors such as misspellings, broken links, and accessibility issues on a continual basis. It provides clear indications of why and where issues occur, quick links to enable prompt fixes, and can be configured to alert multiple editors when problems are located. A new Search Engine Optimization module will also help website owners maintain good positions in search engines, such as Google.
  • SearchImprove - Easily set up and manage a site's search engine with the SearchImprove tool. It makes the search function on a website straightforward and powerful, by providing tools for transparency and adjustment. SearchImprove search function allows the webmaster to influence and control search results, optimizing the communication potential of user searches.
  • SiteAlarm - SiteAlarm monitors website uptime and alerts the website contact and web team by email when something is not working properly. Regardless of the monitoring frequency used, once an error is detected on a website, SiteAlarm will check the website every minute until the website is back up again. Monitoring a web server with SiteAlarm will help improve the performance and availability of a website.
  • SiteAnalyze - SiteAnalyze is a unique hosted website analysis service that provides detailed website analysis and statistics, including visitor demographics, website traffic patterns, search engine effectiveness, and many other website metrics."

 

 

 

 

Read the entire article and comment at: http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-08-2009/0005039825&EDATE=

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3 Magus Unveils New Semantic Tools For Content Tracking
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: CMS Wire

Date: May 11, 2009

URL: http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-cms/magus-unveils-new-semantic-tools-for-content-tracking-004559.php

"...Website Compliance

As a website compliance solution for multi-site and multi-editor web presences, ASAR automatically scans website pages exposing quality and technical issues ranging from usability rules to user established brand guidelines.

It provides:

  • Brand consistency across multi-site enterprises
  • Easy localization of content by controlling local rules centrally and optimizing brands for every market,
  • Quality and compliance ensuring increased traffic and greater brand loyalty
  • Operating efficiency – ASAR dramatically cuts time spent on quality control and audits and prioritizes workloads and tasks.
  • Fact-based marketing – By assessing the effectiveness of content it allows users to target their marketing drives based on known, rather than guessed information.

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Using those checkpoints and standards, ARAS is designed to check every page on a site performing diagnostics at a level and accuracy impossible to achieve manually..."

 

Read the entire article at: http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-cms/magus-unveils-new-semantic-tools-for-content-tracking-004559.php

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4 HTML Kit
Updated: 29 Apr 2009
"HTML Kit is a full-featured free editor for HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other text files. 400+ plugins are available for it, including HTML Tidy for creating standards-compliant web pages. HTML-Kit has received 95% thumbs up on Download.com user reviews with millions of downloads. You can find mentions of it in 150+ books"
Go to HTML Kit for your free download: http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
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1 'NFB Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification
Updated: 07 Aug 2009

'Working with members of the technology community, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has developed a rigorous procedure by which Web sites and applications that have made special efforts to be accessible to the blind can be identified and recognized.

Criteria for Nonvisual Accessibility Certification

Nonvisually accessible, as defined in this program, means that screen access software can obtain sufficient information from the Web application to enable the blind user to:

  • Access information in narratives, databases, forms, charts, maps, and essential information conveyed via graphical presentations without visual assistance
  • Complete transactions that have been identified as primary to the application such as, but not limited to: buying merchandise, completing forms, registering for activities, downloading information, communicating with others, and participating in online educational programs.'

 

The criteria for meeting the Nonvisual Accessibility Certification can be found at: http://www.nfb.org/nfb/certification_criteria.asp?SnID=1870273326

 

Review the list of NFB certified sites at: http://secure.nfb.org/nfbnva/public/certifiedsites.aspx

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Newegg takes the lead in making its web site accessible to blind people

InternetRetailer.com - "The National Federation of the Blind has cited computer products retailer Newegg Inc. as the first online merchant to reach the foundation’s gold-level Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification in making its retail web site easy to use by blind shoppers.

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2 Tools To Check Your WebSite’s Structure, Accessibility and Usability
Updated: 25 Nov 2012

It has been two and half years since the original article  '12 tools to check your sites accessibility' was posted by SitePoint (see below).  Not much has changed...the tools may have just gotten better or have disappeared entirely.

 

Every website should offer 'equal access to information', regardless of disability -- that is what accessibility is really about.  Using semantically structured HTML coding (a webpage's 'foundation') and Cascading Style Sheets (a webpage's 'curb appeal') will ensure that a webpage is not only accessible to everyone, but will be easily adapted to accommodate emerging technologies and web standards. 

 

Your first goal should always be to ensure that your webpage is built using industry standards.  And, that it is open to business to everyone.  W3C - Web Design and Applications: http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/

 

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3 Implementing WCAG 2.0 Guidelines through Automated Testing
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: It-Director.com

Date: June 3, 2009

By: Peter Abrahams, Practice Leader - Accessibility and Usability, Bloor Research


URL: http://www.it-director.com/business/compliance/content.php?cid=11303 

"Any successful web site is in a continual state of flux. New content, new functions, changes to the structure of the site and even changes to the supporting infrastructure occur on a daily, if not second-by-second, basis.

...The continual flux of websites means that there is a need for continual compliance checking.

...WCAG 2.0 is based on the four principles that the web pages should be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust (POUR for short). These principles are divided into 12 guidelines and are supported by success criterion; each guideline has a description, an explanation of its importance, a set of techniques for implementation, and a set of tests to validate compliance. This hierarchy is directly reflected in the implementation of the tests performed..."

Read the entire article and comment at: http://www.it-director.com/business/compliance/content.php?cid=11303

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4 Problems of handicapped web access largely unknown
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: EarthTimes.com

Date: May 31, 2009

URL: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/271075,problems-of-handicapped-web-access-largely-unknown.html 

"...However, there are accessible websites. Here programmers make sure fonts are big enough and that other steps are taken toward accessibility. But 80 per cent of survey respondents had no idea that such services existed.

The study was contracted by Stiftung Barrierfreie Kommunizieren, a group devoted to improving communication. One thousand internet users were polled...."

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5 Time of the essence on the web
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: BelfastTelegraph

Date: May 12, 2009

By Rob McConnell


Read and/or comment on this article at: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/opinion/watching-web/time-of-the-essence-on-the-web-14299331.html

 

"There’s a well-known maxim in the world of online retailing which states that if your site takes more than four seconds to load in a visitor’s browser, you’ll lose the custom.

...The other aspects of web content that are often overlooked are accessibility for disabled (usually visually impaired) users and the quality of written content. ..."

 

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6 The problem with automated accessibility testing tools
Updated: 05 Apr 2009

"An automated accessibility tool is a piece of software which can test a web page, or even an entire website, for accessibility. Automated accessibility tools are useful because they can save you a huge amount of time. Don't want to check images for alt text on each and every page on your website? Run the site through an automated tester and it'll do it all for you!"

Published by: Webcredible
URL: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-accessibility/automated-tools.shtml

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7 Web Site Audit / Testing
Updated: 02 May 2009

Automated Web site validation tools are available to anyone, but when a Web site claims conformance from only a tool, it can only mean that the page(s) passed all of the automatic tests.

Web Site AuditingWebsite auditing page 2 of the desktop brochure

 

Download: Web Site Accessibility/Usability Evaluations Brochure -- Inside (PDF)

Download: Web Site Accessibility/Usability Evaluations Brochure -- Outside (PDF)

A thorough inspection combines automated Web site validation tools with human judgment. That is where an expert Web accessibility and usability professional can help.

 

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Go to...  New Online Tool

 

Truwex manages website compliance with web accessibility, online privacy, and quality standards. Truwex is a web governance and testing solution, all in one product.   

Learn more about Truwex...

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8 Accessibility Audit vs. Accessibility Testing
Updated: 05 Apr 2009

There are currently three different options available to you when testing a website for accessibility:

  • Accessibility audit - An accessibility expert reviews your site, highlighting any accessibility issue
  • Accessibility testing - Real disabled users complete common tasks on your website whilst a moderator notes all problems they experience
  • Automated accessibility testing - An automated program evaluates your website against accessibility guidelines

Published by: Webcredible

Read more about this article at: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-accessibility/audit-testing.shtml

 

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1 Disability.gov - Web 2.0 Technology
Updated: 28 Jul 2009

Nikki Gamer - "Ensuring access to federal Web sites for people with disabilities has been cited as a major challenge facing Web 2.0 adoption in the federal government. All federal Web sites must be compliant with a section of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which provides guidelines for making federal Web sites accessible to people with disabilities, but many Web 2.0 applications do not meet the criteria for accessibility outlined in the law. Perhaps Disability.gov could become the standard by which the government makes Web 2.0 tools more accessible for disabled Americans as a means to encourage participatory democracy, enhance the ability of disabled federal employees to leverage Web 2.0 in the course of their jobs, and solicit feedback from disabled Americans on the best tools and technologies to use in government to make it a model employer of people with disabilities."

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2 CSS3 and Multi-Column Layouts Are Coming
Updated: 10 Jul 2009

Marisa Peacock - CSS3 With Mobile Focus

"Addressing issues of multi-column layout (deemed a design trend to watch in 2009) in CSS, it builds on the CSS3 Box model module and adds functionality to flow the content of an element into multiple columns. Essentially, multi-column layouts provide a degree of flexibility allowing content to flow from one column to another.

As well, it allows developers to remove presentation tables from layouts so that text can be more easily read and accessed from mobile devices. The W3C is also focused on the mobile platform as well, as demonstrated by this past May's Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group, which focused on their Mobile Web Initiative for developing best practices of delivery and accessibility of mobile web applications."

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3 Web Accessibility and the Law
Updated: 01 Jul 2009

Joseph C. Dolson -- "In the United States, there are no laws binding business to conform to any level of website accessibility. Many government and government-supported organizations are bound by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, but these rules do not extend to private business concerns. However, even if you conduct business only in the United States, this is little reason to fail to conform to common website accessibility standards found in the WCAG 2.0.

"The Americans with Disabilities Act Regulation for Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in "places of public accommodation," covering businesses and non-profit agencies which serve the public and "commercial facilities." This regulation is highly specific to physical places of business, and imposes strict requirements on any remodeling performed on your place of business or any new construction. While no such law exists to protect the disabled while visiting your virtual place of business online, there is a strong movement from disability advocates to create or adapt existing regulations in order to provide these protections....

"What Should eCommerce Merchants Do?

"Ultimately, ecommerce merchants should ensure their website is as accessible as it possibly can be. Take some time to learn about web accessibility so that you are familiar with the issues at stake before you hire a consultant to review or repair your website. But don't neglect to protect your business because you didn't realize your risks."

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4 Twenty-First Century communications and Video Accessibility Act
Updated: 29 Jun 2009

"WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 -- Late Friday night, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) re-introduced the Twenty-First Century communications and Video Accessibility Act, comprehensive legislation designed to expand access for people who are blind or have other disabilities to telecommunications equipment and video programming.

... About the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

This legislation would:

- require that mobile and other Internet-based telecommunications devices have accessible user interfaces, and offer people with disabilities use of a full range of text messaging and other popular services that are currently largely inaccessible;

- provide people who are deaf-blind with vital but costly technologies they need to communicate electronically,

- restore the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) modest video description rules and unambiguously establish the Commission's current and ongoing authority to expand such regulations, require emergency announcements and similar information to be accessible to people with disabilities through audible presentation of on-screen alerts,

- ensure that video programming offered via the Internet will be described, and call for all devices that receive and playback video programming to employ accessible user interfaces and allow ready access to description; and

- strengthen consumers' ability to enforce their rights to communications and video accessibility through the establishment of a clearinghouse of information about service and equipment accessibility and usability, a meaningful FCC complaint process that holds industry accountable for their accessibility obligations, and judicial review of FCC action to ensure the Commission's own accountability."

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5 E-stars rock the web
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Business Standard

Aabhas Sharma / New Delhi June 15, 2009, 0:51 IST

Read the entire article at: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/e-stars-rockweb/361070/

"...It’s no secret that independent artists and bands are cash-strapped when it comes to promoting themselves and require a cost-efficient platform to highlight their work. Freelance filmmaker and theatre director Jigyasa Taneja sums up the phenomenon, “The reach of an internet-based platform is widespread, the speed and accessibility is fantastic and options to upload and compile your videos are varied.” She has her own website www.jigyasataneja.com which keeps her accessible to a virtual audience.

Taneja began a web feed on YouTube, a video sharing portal, on which she displayed her work to millions of viewers. As a result, Taneja assisted on film projects like Being Cyrus and also a few ad films for brands like Nokia, Reliance and Nescafe. She admits, “This has been extremely helpful for me as an independent filmmaker in showing my work to prospective clients.” Since every minute, a ten hour video is being uploaded on YouTube, the portal is a mecca for most independent filmmakers. The portal has shaped into a perfect launch pad for aspiring and professional musicians, amateur and established filmmakers, comedians and even professional content owners."

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6 WCAG 2.0 Theme Song Web Content Accessibility Guidelines - Disability
Updated: 13 Jun 2009

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtuna2AWvqk

"WCAG 2.0 Theme Song, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. All Instruments, vocals, video/audio production, videotaping by David MacDonald

Special thanks to Armando Prini, videotaping of David, use of video studio SATB studios."

 

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7 How Can CSS Benefit Website Design For Google?
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

PromotionWorld.com -- "CSS or Cascading Style Sheets is a stylesheet language that describes the presentation of web documents. Web pages that are written in HTML and XHTML can be styled in many ways by using CSS. In fact CSS allows to separate the stylistic elements of the web page like layout, color and fonts from the content matter like textual paragraphs and images. This is called separation of content from presentation.

Separation of Content from Presentation

The separation improves the accessibility of content on the web pages. Moreover, it provides flexibility and control in the specification of presentation characteristics at the same time reducing complexity and repetition in the structural content.

CSS also allows the web page to be presented in different styles so that it suits different rendering methods. The web content is thus made available in various forms like on-screen, print, voice modes (speech-based browsers and screen readers) etc."

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8 New Accessibility Guidelines Part IV: Robustness
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PracticaleCommerce.com

Date: May 22, 2009

 by Joseph C. Dolson

URL: http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/1114-New-Accessibility-Guidelines-Part-IV-Robustness

"...Validation Does Not Make a Document Accessible

There are many accessibility suggestions that state you should validate your document in order to improve accessibility. This is not, however, precisely true. Validation does not, in itself, ensure any level of accessibility. Validation does not equal accessibility and invalid code does not automatically lead to an inaccessible site. While it's certainly true that authors who take the effort to validate their documents are probably more attentive to issues that impact accessibility, it's by no means a guarantee....

Why Validate HTML Code?

...HTML is an accessibility-supported technology. As long as you're using valid HTML, you're able to use that language to create an accessible website...

Conclusion

...Although validation isn't actually required, it's a good way of checking to see whether there are any errors in your page that will cause problems for your customers with disabilities. You can play it safe by using highly-supported technologies such as HTML and CSS... "

Read and comment on this article at: http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/1114-New-Accessibility-Guidelines-Part-IV-Robustness

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9 WAI-ARIA, last call for comments and what you think counts
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: iheni.com

by: iheni

Read the entire article at: http://www.iheni.com/wai-aria-last-call-for-comments-and-what-you-think-counts/

"...Last week W3C announced a call for review of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines just as Bespin an HTML editing tool built using inaccessible CANVAS was published kicking off a huge debate on the WAI XTECH Working group list.

Today,  W3C announced Last Call for WAI-ARIA (the Web Accessibility Rich Internet Applications Suite (but with much less controversy). This is great news and timely indeed given that the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) became a W3C Recommendation in December of last year. WAI-ARIA and WCAG are very much part of each other and having both finished will mean that website owners can push forward with accessible, rich and dynamic websites in earnest."

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10 Web 2.0 Accessibility with WAI-ARIA FAQ
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: CodeTalks.org

Read the entire article at: http://wiki.codetalks.org/wiki/index.php/Web_2.0_Accessibility_with_WAI-ARIA_FAQ 

"How is ARIA implemented in a browser?

ARIA lines up nicely with how accessibility APIs work. It's mostly a matter of adding a table of role and properties to API support. Unlike natural widgets, ARIA does not require code to be added to the core browser -- only to the module that implements accessibility proxy objects. The accessibility module simply passes the roles, states and state changes on through the APIs they already support, and this can be done on the base accessibility object class. Browser vendors are collaborating on the specific details of how ARIA is mapped to accessibility APIs. "

 

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11 Validating WAI-ARIA in HTML and XHTML
Updated: 02 May 2009

Published by: 456Bereastreet.com

Date: February 3, 2009

URL: http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200902/validating_wai-aria_in_html_and_xhtml/

 

"WAI-ARIA has great potential to help developers make the Web more accessible to people with disabilities, especially those who are vision impaired or cannot use a mouse.

There is currently a problem with adding WAI-ARIA attributes to your HTML or XHTML markup though: the attributes are not defined in the DTDs for HTML or XHTML and will cause validation errors.

Since WAI-ARIA improves accessibility I could actually live with having some validation errors in my HTML. However, having to manually filter out certain errors to catch the real errors really reduces the value of validation as a quality assurance tool."

 

Read the entire article at: http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200902/validating_wai-aria_in_html_and_xhtml/

 

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12 HTML5 and WAI-ARIA
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Anne van Kesteren

Read the entire article at: http://annevankesteren.nl/2009/04/html5-wai-aria

 

"HTML5 and WAI-ARIA

I just wanted to set a few things straight regarding a blog post by Jeremy Keith titled Ariability. He’s definitely right that there some amount of opposition to WAI-ARIA. Not necessarily against the idea of providing a low-level accessibility API (though there’s skepticism about that too), but more the way things are defined and integrate with the rest of the platform...."

 

 

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13 Ariability
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Adactio.com

by: Jeremy Keith

URL: http://adactio.com/journal/1564

"...The HTML5 community would define themselves as encompassing all Web technologies, i.e., if it’s not HTML5 and implemented in a browser, it’s not the Web.

...Still, there’s no reason not to start using ARIA roles today: browsers, libraries and screenreaders already offer a good level of support and it’s only going to get better. If we start adding ARIA roles to our websites—and in our CMS themes—then if the HTML5 community stays true to its stated principal of paving the cowpaths, the pragmatic here-and-now solution should triumph."

Read the entire article at:  http://adactio.com/journal/1564

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14 WAI-ARIA - It's Easy
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Steve Faulkner - The Paciello Group

Read the entire articles: http://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/misc/ARIA/atmedia2008/

"WAI = Web Accessibility Initiative

ARIA = Accessible Rich Internet Applications

What is it?

It's a W3C Specification, like HTML, CSS, XML etc.

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15 Typography for the Web Examined at New York Web Standards Meetup Group
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

This event has passed; however, you can read the followup talk about this meeting as well as event photos: 

 

Published by: PR.com

Read the entire article at: http://www.pr.com/press-release/144004

"...NY Web Standards keynote speaker, Christy Gurga will present different perspectives on formatting type online and demonstrate immediate, usable methods. “During this event, the audience will learn what Typography for the Web is, why it's necessary and how to use it to make Web sites developed with customized type remain flexible and extensible," said Christy Gurga, Designer/Programmer at theMechanism – New York...."

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16 Truwex Online 2.0: Section 508 and WCAG Accessibility, Privacy, Quality Assurance Tool
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

New Online Tool

 

Truwex manages website compliance with web accessibility, online privacy, and quality standards. Truwex is a web governance and testing solution, all in one product.   

...Web developers can use Truwex to:

  • Automatically test new web pages against a required web standard.
  • Detect issues on a website and use detailed Truwex diagnostics to fix them.

 

Supported web standards and validations: US ADA Section 508, WCAG 1 for UK DDA and German BITV, web analytics validation, COPPA and PII, website visibility in search engines, any custom web standard including crawling AJAX web sites.

 

Visit the online tool at: http://checkwebsite.erigami.com/accessibility.html

 

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17 New Accessibility Guidelines Part III: Understandability
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Practicalecommerce.com

April 22, 2009 · by Joseph C. Dolson

URL: http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/1067-New-Accessibility-Guidelines-Part-III-Understandability

"...Ask Yourself: Why is this an accessibility issue?

One of the features of the new Guidelines is a focus on making experiences more than just possible for the disabled. Simple access is not sufficient; the experience should help support the customer during their visit...

Summary

In short, understandability (for you) simply means taking a close look at your website and determining whether it actually makes sense. Solving the problems (particularly when it comes to forms) can be a challenge, but locating them requires little more than common sense."

Read the full article at:  http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/1067-New-Accessibility-Guidelines-Part-III-Understandability

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18 Web Standards Test: Top 100 Sites
Updated: 28 Apr 2009

"Validation is not the be-all of standards-based design; it merely indicates that the markup, whatever its semantic quality may be, complies with the requirements of a particular standard. Conversely, lack of validation does not prove lack of interest in web standards: ads and other third-party content can wreck a once-valid template, as can later third-party development work."

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19 Tips for Managing Section 508 Testing
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: TechRepublic

URL: http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5031866.html

 

"...Project managers, developers, and quality assurance staff who embark on testing the first Section 508-compliant Web development project are often breaking new ground. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 mandates that U.S. government agencies provide people with disabilities access to electronic and information technology. These tips will help you find the right testing methodology to ensure that your Web development project is Section 508 compliant and also meets your client requirements..."

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20 Web 2.0 / Issues for Disabled People
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

REFERENCES:

Web 2.0

"Web 2.0 initiatives are being employed within the public sector, giving more currency to the term Government 2.0. For instance, Web 2.0 websites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have helped in providing a feasible way for citizens to connect with higher government officials, which was otherwise nearly impossible. "

 

Published by:  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Web Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2

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Web 2.0 & Accessibility for Disabled Users

Published by: Lasa Knowledgebase

Web Site:  http://www.ictknowledgebase.org.uk/web20andaccessibility

What is Web 2.0 and Issues for disabled people

"There are a number of accessibility issues with Web 2.0 applications that can cause problems for disabled web users...."

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21 A List Apart
Updated: 28 Apr 2009

A List Apart 

A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. 

 

Follow their RSS Feed or visit their website.

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22 Web Site Standards
Updated: 05 May 2013

What are Web site standards and why is it important?

Home builders rely on industry building standards. Professional Web designers code using W3C standards. Using industry Web standards allows a Web browser or other user agent to know which 'blueprint' to follow. As long as a developer codes to a set of 'blueprints', browsers and other user agents will know which specifications to follow.

The HTML 'Blueprint' - Document Type Definition

 

Building a quality Web site is like building a new home. Home builders rely on industry building standards. A Web site developer codes to W3C standards.

 

Web site owners want to ensure that their Web site is built using industry standards and that it is open to business to everyone. The owner may be able to readily describe what is visible but may not necessarily be able to assess the Web site's structural sufficiency.  

Structural Sufficiency - meaning ofStructural Sufficiency - page 2 of pamphlet

Website Structural Sufficiency -- Download the PDF file...

Read more about Web site Structural Sufficiency  Read more about Web site Structural Sufficiency here at SimplyRaydeen.com

 

Accessibility and usability is about making your Web site available and understandable for everyone, including users with disabilities. Web Accessibility Initiative - W3C explains it here.

Website training - SimplyRaydeen.com

Conformance testing of a web site requires a combination of automated evaluation tools and human evaluation by experienced reviewers and users of screen reading technology.

 

 

Accessible Web Design - Why?

"For people without disabilities, technology makes things convenient. For people with disabilities, it makes things possible."

Judith Heumann, U.S. Department of Education's
Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitive Services.

"Accessibility is an important part of the HTML standard.

Standards make it easier for people with disabilities to use the Web. Blind people can use computers that read Web pages for them. People with poor sight can rearrange and magnify standard Web pages. Simple Web standards like HTML 4 and CSS, will make your Web pages much easier to understand by special devices like voice browsers, or other unusual output devices." -- Published by: w3schools.com: http://www.w3schools.com/Site/site_standards.asp

 

Ten reasons to learn and use web standards
Published article at:  456Bereastreet.com

If you’re a web developer or designer new to the concept of web standards and are undecided on whether you should spend the time to learn all about them or not, here are some of the most important reasons for doing so.

For web professionals who are already using web standards, this list may come in handy when you need good arguments. And feel free to add any additional benefits you can think of.

1. Make yourself look professional

2. Make your clients look good

3. Maximise the number of potential visitors

4. Faster loading and reduced bandwidth usage

5. Provide the foundation for accessibility

6. Improve search engine rankings

7. Make your markup easier to maintain

8. Future-proof content

9. Good business sense

10. It’s the right way to do things"

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1 LecShare Announces Major Update
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

LecShare, Inc. announced the release of LecShare Pro, version 1.50.  The format is useful for Learning/Content Management Systems like Moodle, Blackboard, and others. 

According to the LecShare website, "LecShare Pro allows you to add audio to Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to create QuickTime movies, MPEG-4 Video files (Video Podcasts), Accessible HTML, and Microsoft Word documents. You can either record audio through a microphone or import audio files."

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2 Large Format Ballots to Aid Vision Impaired Voters in Oregon
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PRWeb.com

Date: April 24, 2009

URL: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/04/prweb2350804.htm

"OakTree Digital announces it is working with the Oregon Secretary of State to create an automated process for creating Large Print Ballots (LPB) for voters with visual impairments. The system will allow county elections officials to distribute Large Print Ballots (LPB) to individual voters who request them.

Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 24, 2009 -- ...The purpose of the project is to add large print format functionality (18pt font) to the existing Alternate Format Ballot (AFB) Conversion Application. This new functionality will allow county elections officials to create, print and mail Large Print Ballots (LPB) to voters with visual impairments. The large print capability will leverage the current OakTree AFB conversion application that works with the Oregon Centralized Voter Registration (OCVR) system...

The AFB leverages W3C Accessibility Guidelines for HTML coding, a computer (with any required assistive technology, necessary for accessibility), a web browser and a printer to allow a person with a disability to access and mark a ballot, print a ballot and verify the ballot. A voter who is blind is able to verify the printed ballot is marked correctly by using a scanner and screen reader. The AFB can, upon request, be sent directly to the voter who has the necessary technology at home to be able to complete the ballot. "

Read the entire article at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/04/prweb2350804.htm

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RSS Feeds top
# Article Title Hits
1 10 Accessibility Tips for RSS Feeds
Updated: 17 Apr 2009

"Creating an RSS feed needs thought. An important consideration to keep in mind is accessibility. Very often in creating the larger picture the small details are missed and the RSS feed does not attain the heights it disserves.
Here are a few tips written by experts on how to maximize the accessibility of your RSS feed."

Published by: Speed RSS Reader

URL:  http://speedrssreader.com/10-accessibility-tips-for-rss-feeds/

 

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Partnerships top
# Article Title Hits
1 DiversityInc.com Launches New E-Accessibility Feature for People With Disabilities
Updated: 26 Jul 2009
DiversityInc staff - "For the nearly 54 million Americans with disabilities, web surfing can be extremely difficult. And although equal access to online content is a requirement under the ADA, many web-site publishers still aren't sensitive to this trillion-dollar market. 

"Over 20 million Americans have difficulty typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen," says Simon Dermer, managing director for eSSENTIAL Accessibility. "They can't get online without expensive assistive technology. By featuring eSSENTIAL Accessibility, organizations can reach out to this underserved community and help eliminate the digital divide. It's all part of an Online Social ResponsAbility Initiative to make the web accessible to all. By fulfilling a commitment to building an inclusive society, progressive organizations can tap into this growing market in a cause-related, social marketing context."..."

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2 CMG Holdings, Inc. Announces the Formation of a Joint Venture Partnership to Create an Internet Broadcast Music Channel
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: BusinessWire.com

Date: June 9, 2009

URL: http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090609005377&newsLang=en

"Joseph Wagner, CEO of XA stated “The creation of an internet music channel that will provide an interactive marketing platform for artists, record labels and corporate partners with a cogent revenue model will be the end result of this joint venture. We are looking forward to the official launch of 24HVC’s internet broadcast music channel later this summer.”...

About AudioEye, Inc.

Founded in 2003 Audio Eye Inc. has developed patent pending, Internet content publication and distribution software that enables the conversion of any media into accessible formats and allows for real time distribution to end users on any network connected device. Audio Eye solutions include comprehensive E-Learning and E-Commerce systems as well as a variety of Internet products and services that enable customers to create and deliver accessible and highly scalable web-based applications. "

Read the entire article at: http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090609005377&newsLang=en

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3 ERDAS and Spot Image Partnering on HMA-I Project
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: AmeriSurv.com

Date: May 4, 2009

URL: http://www.amerisurv.com/content/view/6170/

"..."Committed to open standards-based interoperability, ERDAS believes that geospatial data’s value lies in its usability and accessibility,” said Thomas Bayer, Vice President Europe, Middle East, ERDAS. "Partnering with Spot Image, we aim to enable the end-users to exploit through HMA interfaces the best geospatial resources from several missions.""

Read the entire article at: http://www.amerisurv.com/content/view/6170/

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4 WebAIM/TPG Partnership
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: WebAIM

Date: March 19, 2009

By: Jared Smith

Read the entire article at: http://webaim.org/blog/webaim-tpg-partnership/

"WebAIM and The Paciello Group (TPG) are pleased to announce today a partnership that delivers independent web site certification for accessibility.

In today’s diverse environment, the Internet is becoming the pre-eminent location for people with disabilities to find information and to transact business. It is vitally important for web site creators and operators to take all appropriate steps to ensure their web properties are universally accessible. However, many people with disabilities are finding an unacceptable level of accessibility for many popular web sites, creating a frustrating experience...."

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5 Hachette Book Group Partners with Bookshare To Make Thousands of Books Available to People with Print Disabilities
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

PRWeb --  

"...Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) March 6, 2009 -- Bookshare and Hachette Book Group (HBG) announced today that they have entered into a partnership to provide digital books for Bookshare's accessible online library for people with print disabilities...

"We are proud to partner with Bookshare to help the print disabled community to acquire and read the authors and content that the Hachette Book Group edits and distributes," said Maja Thomas, SVP Hachette Book Group Audio and Digital Publishing. "Through this partnership, we will be able to support a community in need by giving access to books and content in an efficient and timely manner."

Published by: PRWeb

 

URL: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/03/prweb2208564.htm

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Cascading Style Sheets - CSS top
# Article Title Hits
1 CSS-1 Font Weight
Updated: 20 Apr 2009

Font-weight is still broken in all but one browser

 

A workaround

"There is a workaround. Following on the heels of Guillermo Esteves, it involves the clever addition of some font-families. As well as the font’s family name – Myriad Pro in the test case – each installed font weight has two other names: the screen name, eg. Myriad Pro Light and the PostScript name, eg. MyriadPro-Light (to find these names, use a font management tool such as FontExplorer X and click info for the font). To get Opera, IE8, Firefox 2 and Firefox 3/Win to render an alternative weight, you need to specify the screen name, so the test case would need to be modified as follows..."

Published by: Clagnut.com

Read more at URL: http://clagnut.com/blog/2228/

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2 RESTfull CSS
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Digital Web Magazine --

Read the entire article at: http://www.digital-web.com/articles/RESTful_CSS/

 "With every web developer or agency worth their salt releasing a web application these days, it was inevitable that attention would eventually turn to how best to manage CSS within a modern MVC framework. Steve Heffernan pairs stylesheets with REST principles to present a new approach to CSS architecture.

MVC Frameworks?

what has this got to do with CSS, you ask? Well, the CSS styles we use for these four page types will often be repeated across other controllers.

MVC stands for Model-View-Controller. Many web application frameworks, including Ruby on Rails, CodeIgniter, Cake PHP, Django, and Sproutcore, are built utilizing an MVC architecture. It’s not extremely important that you understand how an MVC architecture works for the purpose of this article—if you want to know more, Wikipedia describes the overall concept. Here’s a basic illustration:... "

 

Published by: Digital Web Magazine

 

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Tables / Divisions top
# Article Title Hits
1 Web Design Tips: Converting an Older Table-Based Email Template To CSS
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PracticaleCommerce.com

Date: April 23, 2009

by: Armando Roggio

URL: click here for the URL, it is too long to post...

"...Tables in HTML are fantastic for displaying tabular data. But as a layout tool they interfere with some dynamic and rich media elements, cause accessibility challenges, hog bandwidth, create maintenance issues, and are more fragile than CSS layouts. And for all of these reasons, it is time to update your broadcast email templates."

Read the entire article at: PracticaleCommerce.com

 

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2 Using Tables for layout in modern web design
Updated: 20 Apr 2009

Read: Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong!

 

"In this extract from the forthcoming Sitepoint book of the same name, Rachel Andrew explains how you can use tables for layout in modern web design with a clean conscience."

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AJAX - Shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript + XML top
# Article Title Hits
1 5 Biggest Misconceptions About AJAX
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: McKremie.Com

Date: June 8, 2009

By: Nathan LaPierre

URL: http://www.mckremie.com/blog/2009/06/5-myths-and-misconceptions-about-ajax/

 

"AJAX was, and remains, the hottest buzzword in web development. This will continue to hold true for the foreseeable future, and for good reason; sites which use it are pretty slick. Yet the acronym, which stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, continues to be misused and misplaced. Have you made one of these all-too-common mistakes?

1) I Need an AJAX Guru to Code an AJAX Website

...

2) AJAX is New

...

3) AJAX Powered Websites are Fast

...

4) I need to add AJAX to my website to keep up with the times

...

5) AJAX Will Replace Flash

While it’s true that Flash was once the buzzword that AJAX now is in web development circles, the idea that AJAX will replace completely flash is unfounded. While entirely flash based designs are becoming increasingly uncommon, flash still serves a purpose for many multimedia and graphical interface elements.

While AJAX has given many great possibilities in web development, consider the technology carefully before implementing it on your own site. Don’t break the likability, accessibility or navigation (back/forward buttons) of a site just to use AJAX. Use it where it is the most efficient way to make something work."

Read the entire article and comment at:  http://www.mckremie.com/blog/2009/06/5-myths-and-misconceptions-about-ajax/

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2 AJAX accessibility for websites
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Resource -- AJAX 

 

Webcredible -- "AJAX or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is an innovative way of using existing technologies to create highly interactive web applications. AJAX allows portions of the page to be updated without having to refresh and reload the entire page. It can increase site performance significantly and provide cutting edge user interfaces. Unfortunately it can also be a source of concern for delivering fully accessible web sites."

 

Published at: Webcredible

March 2008

Read more information in this article from: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-accessibility/ajax-accessibility.shtml

 

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Social Networking top
# Article Title Hits
1 Google shows off Wave's potential
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: ZdNet.co.UK

Date: May 29, 2009

To review all the slides, read the entire article and comment, go to: http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/productivity/0,1000001108,39657629-10,00.htm

"Slide One: Stephanie Hannon, a product manager on the Google Wave team, shows off some functions of the new online communication and collaboration tool released during the May 28 keynote at the Google I/O developer's conference in San Francisco.

...

Slide Five: Multiple users can edit a document simultaneously in real time. Here, Casey and Dan, designated by their coloured name tiles, are both typing and editing inside the document at the same time.

...

Slide Nine: Developers will also be able to build widgets inside Wave, like this chess game. Previous changes to documents, conversations and even games can be viewed in a playback mode. Here, the game has been rewound, and is replaying the moves of the chess match using the player at the top of the window."

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2 Google unleashes Wave on developers
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: News.Zdnet.Co.UK

Date: May 28, 2009

Read the entire article and comment at:  http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39657141,00.htm

"The service, announced on Thursday, allows multiple users to chat and work together in real time within a window Google is calling a 'wave'. In the window, people can exchange real-time IM, photos, videos, maps and documents.

...Google views Wave as a new and more effective way of communicating online. "Two of the most spectacular successes in digital communication, email and instant messaging, were originally designed in the 1960s. Since then, so many different forms of communication have been invented — blogs, wikis, collaborative documents — and computers and networks have dramatically improved," said Lars Rasmussen, software engineering manager, in a statement. "With Google Wave, we're proposing a new communications model that presumes all these advances as a starting point."..."

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3 Google Wave - Accessibility for the blind?
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Google.com

URL: http://code.google.com/apis/wave/ 

 

Accessibility for the blind 

"Has any consideration been given to the issue of accessibility for the blind in Wave?" -  (gkearney )

Follow the blog at Googlegroups - http://groups.google.com/group/google-wave-api/browse_thread/thread/8a883cf4edd99560

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4 Making media social: news as user experience
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: OJR -- Focusing on the Future of Digital Journalism

by: Cindy Royal

Date: May 13, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.ojr.org/ojr/people/croyal/200905/1723/

"...It's a tough concept for people to grasp, particularly journalists, who traditionally have had control over every aspect of newspaper consumption, other than actually turning pages for readers. Others have a general understanding of user experience in regard to usability and accessibility standards in terms of making a website that has proper functionality, design and navigation that can be accessed by a wide range of users, including those with disabilities.

But, more and more frequently, when UX is discussed, it is about what users can do online. The social networking sites, like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube, have seen to that. These online tools, in most cases originated to facilitate interpersonal communication, are increasingly being co-opted by news organizations so that they too can provide a meaningful experience to their users..."

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5 Second Life Is Social Media
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: WebWorkerDaily.com

Author: Aliza Sherman

Date: May 9, 2009

URL: http://webworkerdaily.com/2009/05/09/second-life-is-social-media/

URL: http://www.salon.com/tech/giga_om/web_life/2009/05/09/second_life_is_social_media/

"...To be clear, Second Life is social media. If you break down the key features of social media, you will see that Second Life stacks up very well against other popular tools. Here are some of the reasons why you’d be remiss to leave Second Life off a well-rounded, integrated social media marketing plan.

The downsides of Second Life are few, although they can be substantial, including:

1. Accessibility. Not everyone can access Second Life for reasons ranging from computer capabilities to bandwidth issues. It is not for the weak tech setup."

Read the entire article at: http://webworkerdaily.com/2009/05/09/second-life-is-social-media/

Or: http://www.salon.com/tech/giga_om/web_life/2009/05/09/second_life_is_social_media/

Related Links for Second Life

 

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6 Twitter Accessibility Roundup
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: WebAim - Blog

Date: April 30, 2009

Read the entire blog at: http://webaim.org/blog/twitter-accessibility-roundup/

"...Twitter has become an indispensable tool for networking, communicating, and information gathering and sharing. There is a strong accessibility community on Twitter. In the spirit of The Accessibility Blog Roundup, below are 30 of the tweeple twits twitterers tweeters Twitter users I follow and know of that post frequent and insightful messages on web accessibility (in no particular order)... Limiting this list to just 30 was very difficult. There are many wonderful people on Twitter, but if you’re looking to expand your Twitter network to include the best of accessibility, following the folks listed above is a great place to start."

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7 CAPTCHAs on Social Networking Sites Shut Out Blind Users
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

YouTube - CAPTCHA

The American Federation of the Blind is urging MySpace, Friendster and Facebook to offer an audio alternative to their CAPTCHAs.

 

CAPTCHAS -- text alternative

 

You are listening to what it sounds like for a blind person to register for MySpace.

January, February, March, February, January, Month, Forms Mode Off

That was the voice of a screen reader. Screen reading software gives people with vision loss access to the text and images on a computer screen.

This is a CAPTCHA. 'q5c?f'

CAPTCHAs keep spam programs out of systems.

But they also keep out people with vision loss because screen readers can't read them.

Right now, the social networking sites MySpace, Facebook, and Friendster use CAPTCHAs in their registration.

This is what it sounds like when a screen reader comes across a CAPTCHA on MySpace, Facebook, and Friendster.

Myspace - Please enter the text from the image above; colon, edit.


Facebook - Security checked textbox colon, edit.


Friendster - Edit after the characters from above.

What image? What characters? What text? Screen readers can't read the text in CAPTCHAs.

But there are alternatives. You can offer audio that sounds like this. (Example from http://www.blogger.com/)

Come on Tom, Mark, and Jonathan. Offer an audio alternative to the CAPTCHA.

After all, you're supposed to be our friends.

For more information on how to make your web site accessible to people with vision loss, visit http://www.afb.org/

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8 Interview with Accessible Twitter creator Dennis Lembree
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by:  Accessify.com

Date: 04/23/2009

Read the entire interview at:  http://accessify.com/news/2009/04/interview-with-accessible-twitter-creator-dennis-lembree/

"Accessify recently spoke to founder of Accessible Twitter Dennis Lembree, who is also behind Web Overhauls and web accessibility podcast Web Axe. We wanted to find out more about the background to Accessible Twitter, what prompted it and where it might go next...

Web accessibility is for everyone, not only for the 10% or so of folks with some type of disability, but also for those with technical limitations such as low-band connections, a broken mouse, and blocked JavaScript. That said, the most obvious are the visually impaired, especially blind users. It very difficult for screen reader when a page lacks proper headings, semantic mark-up, and **contains a lot of Ajax..."

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9 Twitter Focus
Updated: 28 Apr 2009

Published by: Juicy Studio

URL:   http://juicystudio.com/article/twitter-focus.php

"Summary

Considering the standard Twitter website is so basic, it's surprising it is so inaccessible. This Focus Twitter Greasemonkey script puts the favourite, reply and delete links into the keyboard tab order to make it easier for keyboard-only users to use Twitter.

Contents

 

Read more at Juicy Studio

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10 Consider All Disabilities When Making Facebook Accessible
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Do It Myself Blog

By: Glenda, April 7, 2009

Read more of this article at: http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2009/consider-all-disabilities-when-making-facebook-accessible/

 

"... Some obstacles that the rest of us with disabilities face on the web include:

  • Flickering or flashing designs can cause seizures in people with certain neurological disorders.
  • Without captioning, people with hearing impairments cannot appreciate multimedia content such as on-line newscasts, movies, and lectures.
  • For individuals with little or no hand control, using a mouse can be very difficult. Being required to "click" on a tiny area to access information can be an obstacle.
  • Inconsistent page layout and poor information design can be disorienting and confusing to any user, particularly to individuals with cognitive impairments..."

 

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11 Facebook to Improve Accessibility
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

TheAccessibility.com

Author: Steve, April 9, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.theaccessibility.com/?p=158

"...Making Facebook Accessible for Everyone.

Among the features highlighted on that page are:

  • Audio alternatives to CAPTCHA, which is the technology you see on some websites that requires you to enter letters from a distorted display that a human can decipher but a computer script or automation cannot.
  • Straight HTML version of the site (specifically, the mobile version) that is friendlier to screen readers.
  • Non-Javascript version of Facebook Gift Shop, which addresses a standing frustration with the inaccessibility of that locale
  • Ability to use Facebook Chat via screen reader.
  • Shortcut keys to key sections of the Facebook, listed out by browser"

 

 

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12 Improving Twitter Accessibility
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Web Axe --

"Thanks to Gez Lemon of Juicy Studio, you may now implement a Focus Twitter Greasemonkey script to help with web accessibility, specifically keyboard use. With the script, the user is now able to view the Favorite, Reply and Delete links for each tweet in the timeline on the focus event (in addition to on current mouseover event, which obviously requires a mouse)."

Published by: Web Axe

posted by Dennis at Web Axe

Read the entire article at: http://webaxe.blogspot.com/2009/01/improving-twitter-accessibility.html

 

 

 

 

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Online Auction / Shopping top
# Article Title Hits
1 'Accessibility and the Checkout Process'
Updated: 12 Aug 2009

Joseph C. Dolson -- 'What Does Your Shopping Cart Need to Do?

A shopping cart has four primary functions:

  1. A view of the items in the cart.
  2. The ability to modify the items in the cart.
  3. The ability to leave the cart to continue shopping.
  4. The ability to leave the cart to complete a purchase.

This all sounds very simple, but for people with disabilities, all of these issues can be much more complicated....

The basics of accessible shopping cart construction require a properly organized data table, with columns or header rows that contain descriptive titles. For example, Product Name could be followed by Product SKU, Product Description, Price, and so on.'

Read the entire article at: http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/1229-Accessibility-and-the-Checkout-Process

Published by: PracticaleCommerce.com

Date: August 11, 2009

 

 

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SEO - Search Engine Optimization top
# Article Title Hits
1 Black Hat SEO Popular Techniques
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

ArticleBase.com  -- "SEO is considered as one of the most popular form of search engine marketing (SEM) used by webmasters. Because of its popularity and effectiveness in bringing traffic to a website, many webmasters have come to abuse the effectiveness of SEO by using techniques set to violate search engine guidelines. These techniques are called black hat SEO. Synonymous to white hat SEO, black hat SEO are forms of techniques used to provide faster result, but may eventually be banned either temporarily or permanently once the search engines discover what they are doing. Some forms of techniques used for black hat SEO has been ineffective since search engines frequently change their algorithm to minimize the use and effectiveness of black hat seo technique. But some techniques are still used today."

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2 PageRank Sculpting: The Fall of PageRank Sculpting
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: BigMouthMedia.com

Date: June 9, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.bigmouthmedia.com/live/articles/pagerank-sculpting-the-fall-of-pagerank-sculpting.asp/5998/

 

"...It has always been well known that links within JavaScript could not be followed as they were invisible to Google. Last week Matt Cutts dropped the bombshell at SMX Advanced by announcing that Google will now distribute PageRank through nofollow links. As a result, PageRank Sculpting will no longer stem the flow of PageRank. This means that all links on every page will receive equal distribution of PageRank, even if they are nofollowed or blocked through JavaScript.

...Google has recognised that websites should be judged by accessibility, good relevant content written for the user, site structure and above all word of mouth reputation."

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3 Bot Herding: The Ultimate Tool for PageRank Sculpting
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: SearEngineJournal.com

Date: May 11, 2009

by: John Britsios

Read the entire article at: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/bot-herding-pagerank-sculpting/10352/

...The noindex HTML meta tag advises the search engines’ bots not to index a web page. On the other hand the nofollow meta tag advises the search engine bots not to pass rank through a particular link to the linked page. The nofollow meta tag does the same thing as rel="nofollow" but at the page level, instead at the per link level. Are the above methods the ultimate PageRank sculpting solution?..."

 
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4 How SEO Services Can Make Your Online Business Venture Successful
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PromotionWorld

By: Amber Smith
April 27, 2009

URL:  Visit PromotionWorld (URL too long to publish here...

"...Having a well optimized website increases your website accessibility in more than one way. Cross browser compatibility is also one of the fruits of search engine optimization. Breaking this barrier enables the largest possible number of visitors to view your website. Just like SEO makes it easy for your target audience to find you, it ensures that all your links are functioning correctly and that all your pages are easily accessible to search engines as well. This makes your site completely navigable by search engines which enable them to index your website and categorize it properly."

Read the entire article at:  Visit PromotionWorld

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5 30 Google marketing tips for small businesses - Part One
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: ByteStart.co.uk

Date: April 27, 2009

URL: http://www.bytestart.co.uk/content/15/15_4/bytestart-google-tips-1.shtml

"...

Top Google Marketing Tips: 1-20

1. Google pays particular attention to 'TITLE' tags - these are the words which appear at the top left hand corner of your browser. Take particular care when writing your title tags, and include any important words or phrases which are associated with the subject of each page.

...

9. When you include images on your webpages, provide 'alt' tags which are provided to display text if your image won't load. Not only is this good for search engine optimisation, it's also good from an 'accessibility' perspective.

...

20. Use <HEADER> tags within your web pages. <H1>, <H2>, etc. tags are used to create 'headers' within web pages. Headers imply the text contained within them are 'important', so include your keyword phrases within them. As with all the tips on our site, use them all in moderation!

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To read the entire article, visit: http://www.bytestart.co.uk/content/15/15_4/bytestart-google-tips-1.shtml

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6 Indus Net Technologies Announces FREE Website Clinic at the Internet World 2009
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: NewDesignWorld.com

Read the entire article at: http://www.newdesignworld.com/press/story/12638

"..."Most websites do not get nearly the amount, or quality of traffic they had hoped for. People who visit these sites might leave quickly because they find it boring, confusing or just plain frustrating. And this is a lost opportunity for the company that owns the website." said Abhishek Rungta, CEO of Indus Net Technologies. "Some minor tweaks can do wonders to the response rate of your website. And a few secret strategies can drive hordes of customers to your web site. At the clinic, experts will review your website from the point of view of the customer and the search engines and give you up to five actionable tips specific to your website, to instantly improve the response rate and your profits substantially", he added...."

Read the entire article at: http://www.newdesignworld.com/press/story/12638

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7 SEO, Web Site Usability Drive Conversion Rates
Updated: 22 Apr 2009

Published by: MediaPost Publications

By Laurie Sullivan

URL: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=103636

"Making sites accessible to consumers has become critical. Some are paying the price for being a bit remiss by opening their wallets." Target recently had to pay a $6 million settlement over the accessibility of their Web site," Hasty said. ... 

Making the site accessible to people who search on mobile devices and without Flash or JavaScript is important. Header tags that subdivide pages will make it easy for customers to find information. Images and videos also play a more important role, but make sure they are accessible to search engines.

And when it comes to keywords, don't invent new words for familiar products. Search engines won't rank them among similar products or services. For example, consider the picture of the product for sale on the site. While lip color typically comes in one type of applicator, lipstick comes in another. Also consider Blu-ray vs. DVD player. It can make a difference in how well the terms rank in search engines. "

Read the entire article at: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=103636

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8 Practical Tips for Government Web Sites (And Everyone Else!) To Improve Their Findability in Search
Updated: 20 Apr 2009

O'Reilly radar - Read more...

 

"Architecting sites to be search engine friendly, particularly sites with as much content and legacy code as those the government manages, can be a resource-intensive process that takes careful long-term planning. But two keys are: assessing who the audience is and what they're searching for; and, ensuring the site architecture is easily crawlable. "

 

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Mobile Web top
# Article Title Hits
1 Finally—A Blind-Friendly iPhone
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: HealthNews.com

Date: June 14, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.healthnews.com/blogs/nicki/natural-health/finally-a-blind-friendly-iphone-3290.html

"...This development thrills me for so many reasons, one of which is Voice Over itself. With traditional screen readers, web pages or menus like the start menu were read as a list of options. With Voice Over and the iPhone, options will be read as you tap their locations on the screen. Therefore, we cannot only access these options but learn where they are located in the context of other options. For blind individuals, special concepts are incredibly challenging, and one of the most challenging is distance, especially the distance from one object or point to another. For the first time, we may have a screen reader which, on one device at least, helps us overcome these issues... "

 

Read the entire article and comment at: http://www.healthnews.com/blogs/nicki/natural-health/finally-a-blind-friendly-iphone-3290.html

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2 Instant Mobilizer - Jumping on the Mobile Bandwagon
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Instant Mobilizer

Instant Mobilizer automatically converts your existing Web site into a dynamic mobile version.

Enter your Web site URL to preview your new Instant Mobilizer site...

URL: http://instantmobilizer.com/test-your-site.htm

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Published by:  ClickZ

Date: April 27, 2009

Mobile Search Has a Second Coming

URL: http://www.clickz.com/3633434 

"Jumping on the Mobile Bandwagon

If you don't yet have a mobile version of your Web site (dotMobi), you might want to consider creating one. Nothing pains me more than navigating to a site on my handheld then endlessly scrolling past headers, navigation, and images to actually get to the good stuff: the text.

To easily get your site into optimal mobile shape, dotMobi offers a service to "adapt an existing Web site into a mobile-friendly version." Try out the "Test Your Site" feature to see a preview of your site in mobile mode. But be warned: some sites, such as those built entirely in Flash, won't generate a preview.

...At minimum, you should take steps to make sure your site is compliant with W3C standards for mobile. This will ensure your users have the best possible experience accessing your site from their mobile devices."

Read the entire article at:  http://www.clickz.com/3633434

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3 mobiSiteGalore ‘build-mobile-websites-with-mobile-phone’ selected-Official Honoree-Webby Awards
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by:  Reriani Communications

Date: 4/12/2009

URL: http://news.reriani.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=8849

"... Most importantly websites that are built using mobiSiteGalore are guaranteed to work fine on any mobile phone because mobiSiteGalore is 100% compliant with the standards for the mobile web that are defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C.org).

...To try mobiSiteGalore and for more details, please visit www.mobiSiteGalore.com"

Read the full article at:  http://news.reriani.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=8849
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4 Forget the mobile Web: One site should work for all
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

ZDNetAsia.com --

"Special accessibility sites
Nobody makes separate 'disabled' sites any more. Originally, enlightened business owners who wanted to serve people with disabilities made special 'accessibility' sites that were separate from the main Web site.

...Gradually, people learnt how to make sites accessible, visually pleasing and useful to all. Many techniques that are used to overcome disability barriers go a long way towards making sites that work well on mobile devices, and are documented by web-standards body the W3C in their online article Shared Web Experiences: Barriers Common to Mobile Device Users and People with Disabilities."

Published by: ZDNetAsia.com

By Bruce Lawson, ZDNet UK -- Wednesday, April 01 2009

URL: http://www.zdnetasia.com/insight/internet/0,39044877,62052405,00.htm

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1 Digital Learning Tools
Updated: 23 Jul 2009
eGruve.com -- ..."Educational publishers recognize the power of today’s technology and devices like the iPod and Amazon Kindle to adapt to how students learn. They’re studying how students interact with these tools and process information, and how instructors teach, to design new ways to make learning a more effective, efficient, and personalized experience for students.

“By observing thousands of students and their learning styles, we’ve ascertained a great deal about their work habits, study plans, and other learning preferences. This information is being used by today’s publishers to create digital tools to connect students to content on a new level and empower them to succeed,” says Ed Stanford, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. “A transformation is occurring on campuses across the country as students embrace technology in every aspect of learning.”

McGraw-Hill’s Connect for example, is a powerful, web-based assessment and learning platform that assists both instructor and student. One feature of Connect can assess a student’s knowledge by delivering appropriate questions at the right time to help them master course content. It’s one more major development in educational technology that is helping students learn more efficiently and achieve greater success academically.

 

Read the entire article and comment at: http://egruve.com/2009/07/digital-learning-tools/

Published by: eGruve.com

Date: July 23, 2009

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2 School's new web site aims for the ideal of 100% accessibility
Updated: 07 Jul 2009

Published by: PR-USA.Net

Date: July 7, 2009

URL: http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=234421&Itemid=31 

 

Andrew Taylor -- Audencia Nantes School of Management’s new web site has been redesigned with the aim of becoming the first run by a French higher education establishment to offer total access regardless of handicap, mother tongue, computer hardware or location in the world.

...While no school or university in France has yet to receive the minimum Bronze label from Accessiweb, the body that certifies the access levels of French web pages, Audencia’s new site already respects the guidelines of both BrailleNet and AccessiWeb.  Audencia’s new site proposes alternatives to images and animated features, respects precise rules on data structure, names and describes the documents to download, organises content in a well-defined site plan and uses a standard HTML syntax."

 

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3 university trio takes on world’s computer experts
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PressAndJournal.co.uk

Date: May 8, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1206892?UserKey

"...Intellisearch was produced initially as a means for people with complex disabilities to use internet search engines without touching a keyboard.

“Users can access the web through an on-screen predictive keyboard using only their mouse.  Mr Hole said: “The project brief we were given was accessibility and we decided to push that in the direction of increasing accessibility for people with complex disabilities and limited motor skills.

“People with these kinds of conditions can’t use a keyboard but may be able to use a mouse or some other form of remote control or sensor.

“There’s a big push to make computers and new technologies more adaptable to people with disabilities and this kind of tool could really help with that.”..."

 

Read the entire article at: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1206892?UserKey=

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4 Encouraging Student Success
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Ozel Web Tasarim.com

Date: April 28, 2009

URL: http://www.ozelwebtasarim.com/index.php/web-haberleri/6046-encouraging-student-success

 

SNIPET:

"On the technical side, there was a heavy reliance upon tools (which is fine – provided one understands how to use those tools effectively). Of the tools used, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 captured the major share (being used by over 85% of all participants). However, it is clearly evident that there is only a superficial knowledge of how to use the selected tool (resulting in errors such as pointing to an absolute location [on the desktop] for an image or CSS document). Likewise, reliance on templates (such as the Spry framework for the JavaScript challenge) is permissible, but one should definitely test prior to submitting (to make certain regions are properly defined in the HTML). Similarly, if there is a challenge to create a two column layout using only CSS, one should not use a Dreamweaver layout table to accomplish that challenge.

The quality of code is important (for example, there is no p2 element; there should not be HTML body elements placed above the DOCTYPE declaration). With the majority of contestants using Dreamweaver, one can easily test for valid code (and the tool actually helps one write such code). Unfortunately, it would appear that this feature was not employed on most challenges..."

Read the entire article at: http://www.ozelwebtasarim.com/index.php/web-haberleri/6046-encouraging-student-success

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5 Ball State University - Student Government
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

BSUDailyNews.com --

"New Student Government Website Goes Live!

The Student Government Association launched the new website for the Cardinal Impact administration. The site aims to open the Student Government Association to the entire student body at Ball State with new interactive features that will be rolled out within the coming months, with students able to join in the discussion with all areas of the student government. The site can be accessed by visiting http://bsu.edu/sga or http://www.thecardinalimpact.com/"
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Article Published by:  BSUDailyNews.com

Author: Joe Lanane
Date: April 30, 2009
URL:  Visit BSUDailyNews.com

 

 

 

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6 Designing Websites with ADA Web Standards
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Pacific University Oregon

Date: April 16, 2009

Author: Sara Yurkowski

Read the entire article at: http://www.pacificu.edu/calendar/detail.cfm?CALENDAR_ID=5088

"In this Information era the general public considers the Internet as a visual media.  Sight, sound and interaction are common themes in websites, but what if you have a disability limiting your access and use of this media and its resources?  Currently the U.S. Government has three laws that protect the disabled from Internet discrimination; The Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and Section 508.  "In Fiscal Year 2008, EEOC received 19,453 charges of disability discrimination. EEOC resolved 15,708 disability discrimination charges in FY 2008 and recovered $57.2 million in monetary benefits for plaintiffs and other aggrieved individuals (eeoc.gov)".  How do you design for accessibility to allow disabled individuals to fully experience the Internet and its resources?  Directed at those in Marketing, Education, Law, and Web Design, this presentation will demonstrate how a website can be built to accommodate ADA Web Standards, why they are in place, and who they apply to..."

Read the entire article at:  http://www.pacificu.edu/calendar/detail.cfm?CALENDAR_ID=5088

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7 6 young ASU (Arizona State University) faculty earn NSF Career awards
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: EurekAlert!

Read the entire article at: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-04/asu-sya042009.php

Public release date: 20-Apr-2009

SNIPET:

"Using computers to help the visually impaired

Baoxin Li is working in the areas of computer vision, multimedia processing and statistical methods in visual computing. His Career award provides more than $400,000 for research into technology to aid the visually impaired.

"We want to build a computer-based system to automatically create tactile graphics for people with visual disabilities," Li says. His idea is to use computer technology to allow a person with visual impairments to read text or view web site content in the privacy of their own homes and work spaces in the same way as people without sight impairments.

"We can develop a system so that people with visual impairments can have easy access from their laptops at home or in the lab, so they can do everything themselves," he says....

The effort to aid STEM students will have a broad range of applications in the areas of computer vision and pattern-recognition. Li's group is collaborating with the Phoenix Foundation for the Blind, as well as ASU's Disability Resource Center and the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing."

Read the entire article at: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-04/asu-sya042009.php

 

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8 A New Era for Accessibility - California State University
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

ASTD --

Published by: ASTD

Article By: Paul Harris -- April 9, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.astd.org/TD/Archives/2009/April/0904_A_New_Era.htm

"In short, accessibility is becoming the new green.

One important driver for these advances is California State University itself, where vision, expertise, and muscle are being applied to the challenge. Using the clout of its 23 campuses, CSU’s Accessible Technology Initiative pursues every opportunity to impact learning, from requiring technology vendors to meet accessibility compliance requirements to pioneering approaches for students to receive and perceive learning in the classroom. It is also promoting universal design in all future-learning-related products."

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# Article Title Hits
1 How Accessibility Is Important To Any Website Design By The Crear Group
Updated: 24 Jun 2009
OfficialWire.com -- According to the Creare Group, "Over recent years the Internet has become one of the most used sources for research of products and services. In fact 60% of people use the Internet to find a local business service and a further 60% go on to use a service they have found online.

However, there are drawbacks that many web design companies have yet to face. There is a large amount of people that suffer from a range of disorders including colour blindness, hearing problems and no or reduced use of their arms or hands. They find that many web sites do not cater for their needs and therefore become frustrated with certain limitations online.

Colour blindness affects more men than women where on average 3% of the population suffer from this condition. There are different types of colour blindness but all cases need to be considered when developing a web design."

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2 WisBar just got a facelift … more news; simpler, easier to navigate
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Wisbar.org

Date: June 16, 2009

Read the entire article at:

http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=InsideTrack&Template=/CustomSource/InsideTrack/contentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=81640

"June 16, 2009 – Saving time ranks right up there with saving money in today’s fast-paced, multi-tasking world. The Internet may help put all the news that’s fit to print right at your fingertips with the click of your mouse, but it can be frustrating when you can’t figure out exactly where to click that mouse. The State Bar’s redesigned WisBar Web site launched today, and it takes that challenge away.

“Four years might as well be 4,000 when it comes to technology, and that’s how long it has been since the State Bar launched its last Web site redesign,” says State Bar Executive Director George Brown. "Simply said – ‘it was time to get simpler,’ and that’s what we did.”...

Accessible to sight impaired. WisBar now is designed in compliance with Section 508 Accessibility Guidelines for the sight impaired, including improved access for color-blind individuals. "

 

To read and comment on this article, go to: http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=InsideTrack&Template=/CustomSource/InsideTrack/contentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=81640

 

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3 Bath Heritage embraces online to engage with tourists from across the globe
Updated: 16 Jun 2009

Published by: SourceWire.com

Date: June 16, 2009

Author: Ruder Finn UK

URL: http://www.sourcewire.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=48442

Alterian technology will power websites for five of the county’s top tourist attractions

LONDON, UK – 16 June 2009 – Tourists will be able to engage online with some of Bath’s most popular historic attractions for years to come thanks to a partnership signed with Alterian (LSE:ALN) and Fusion Workshop to enhance the end user experience on its flagship websites.

Alterian’s Web Content Management (WCM) technology was selected by the Bath & North East Somerset Council Heritage Services to redesign five of the key websites that promote Bath’s most popular heritage attractions to national and international tourists, including the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery.

For years, potential visitors to Bath have been able to view virtual displays of the museums’ collections and take virtual tours of the exhibition galleries online before physically visiting the attractions themselves. Bath Heritage Services wanted to develop the user experience further and ensure that its websites remained accessible and easy-to-use for years to come, and would be able to incorporate user generated content, blogs and forums in the future.

“It is vital that our heritage websites are engaging for visitors and contain up-to-date information that can be easily sourced and accessed as the web is often the first port of call for tourists planning their holidays.” said Patricia Dunlop, Commercial Manager, Bath Heritage Services. “With so many editors contributing content to the sites, we needed a WCM system that was simple to use and could help us to future-proof our online presence to ensure that Bath remains a tourist hotspot for years to come”.

Alterian Content Management Corporate (CMC) was selected to help the Council’s non-technical users produce, maintain and control complex websites in a simple manner. The platform’s multilingual capabilities were an added attraction; English is not the first language for approximately 20% of the sites visitors, so giving them the opportunity to engage with the site in their preferred language was important.

All public sector websites are obligated to comply with strict accessibility regulations. This can cause problems when there are multiple content editors, but the built-in checker function in Alterian CMC ensures that every single page is compliant with all legislation before it can be published and therefore that that the site meets all legal requirements. Sites found in breach of these regulations can be liable high profile and expensive litigation.

David Eldridge, CEO of Alterian, concluded, “Our WCM technology has always been popular with public sector organisations thanks to its cost effective implementation, engaging interface and accessibility checker that ensures compliance. We are very pleased that Bath Heritage Services selected Alterian to overhaul its online presence and recognised the strength of our platform. Bath is a fantastic example to other councils and organisations of how heritage, which is of central important to a city’s economy, can continue to remain accessible to tourists in the 21st century.”

About Alterian

Alterian (LSE: ALN) empowers organizations to create relevant, effective and engaging experiences with their audience that help build value and reinforce commitment to their brand, through the use of the Alterian Integrated Marketing Platform. Alterian drives the transformation of marketing and communications, making it practical and cost-effective for companies to orchestrate multichannel engagement with the individual.

Alterian’s unprecedented integration of analytics, content and execution through industry leading tools, such as the Dynamic Messenger email platform and the award winning Content Management solutions, enables companies to build integrated communication strategies which create a true picture of the individual.

Alterian works with marketing services partners, system integrators and agencies who recognize the need to plan and deliver coordinated customer engagement services in partnership with their clients. For more information about Alterian, products within the Alterian Integrated Marketing Platform or Alterian’s Partner Network, visit www.alterian.com or the Alterian blog at www.this-is-marketing.com.

About Bath & North East Somerset Council:

The five websites which are run by the Heritage Services section of Bath & North East Somerset Council include:

http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/
http://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/
http://www.victoriagal.org.uk/
http://www.batharchives.co.uk/
http://www.bathvenues.co.uk/

The Roman Baths and the famous Pump Room above it receive more than 1 million visitors per annum, half of them from overseas. Most of these have never visited the UK before and are making their first trip to the Bath area.

The Roman Baths were built in the first century AD as a religious spa and temple. They were visited by pilgrims from all over the Roman Empire for nearly four hundred years until they fell into decline in the fourth century. The museum has a Roman collection of international importance including 12,000 Roman coins deposited in the hot spring at the centre of the site. This collection and related items of more recent local history will be showcased on the new websites.

The complex is also popular among schoolchildren at key stages 2 and 3 who study the Romans as part of the national curriculum. The new website includes film footage of a typical school visit, created by local film company Constellation Media Ltd to assist teachers in their planning.

The Fashion Museum collection is internationally renowned and is housed in Bath’s magnificent Assembly Rooms, built in 1771. This website is the most popular of all, because of a worldwide interest in historic fashion. It and the Victoria Art Gallery each receive 100,000 visitors per annum. The Gallery has a popular temporary exhibition programme including some selling exhibitions by prominent local artists. These are supported by on-line catalogues of the works for sale.

The Bath Record Office website is a must for people researching their family history, which nowadays relies heavily on on-line access to relevant information.

About the Project:

Fusion Workshop has been looking after the Fashion Museum website since 1999 and those for the Bath Record Office, Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery since 2001.

The project’s main aim is to provide Bath & North East Somerset Council with a future-proof Content Management System to carry over it over the next seven years and beyond and can also enhance the delivery of its online presence via:

• The provision of a future-proof platform
• Enabling the Council to leverage its current investment
• Delivering a robust, scalable and flexible website
• Maintaining organic search engine optimisation and also further enhancing it.
• Integrating the sites with existing systems
• Enabling the marketing team to create and manage campaigns that deliver results.
• Ensuring good usability and user experience features
• Conforming to Disability Discrimination Act for web accessibility (W3C level 1-2)

About Fusion Workshop

Fusion Workshop analyses, builds, develops, implements and manages business-driven web solutions for their customers. The company focuses on the following sectors: heritage & performing arts, travel & tourism, education, third sector & membership organisations, financial services and local government.

The company delivers web projects from consultancy through specification and development to completion and ongoing support. It specialises in integration and standards-based Internet projects, and prides itself on a structured (PRINCE2) project management approach with cross-functional teams. Its formal requirements gathering process uses the concepts of stakeholder representation, viewpoints and perspectives to ensure that requirements and quality criteria are captured for analysis.

Fusion Workshop is an experienced Alterian Corporate Content Management System partner. The company works in Microsoft ASP.Net and SQL Server. It also has strong ColdFusion expertise (including migration of these systems to ASP.Net).

See www.fusionworkshop.co.uk

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4 Dominion Web Site Sports New Look, Easy-To-Use Features
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: EarthTimes.com

Date: June 12, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/dominion-web-site-sports-new-look-easy-to-use-features,859216.shtml

 

"..."The new design offers better accessibility for visitors with special needs, and is easier to read," Blue said. "It provides a more visible showcase for our energy conservationenvironmental philanthropic and volunteer programs, as well as career opportunities with Dominion.


New images and presentations enhance visual interest, and there is a new area specifically dedicated to assist various business customers. The redesigned site also features innovative navigation and search features, many of which are based on the results of extensive user-centered design testing that involved a variety of different customers.



The site also is compatible with a wider variety of browsers, including portable devices. Getting the latest company news is easy through RSS feeds and e-mail subscriptions. Expanded content in areas such as generation and renewable energy attracts an audience well beyond Dominion's traditional customers...."


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5 Disaboom Announces Collaborative Redesign Initiative
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: BusinessWire.com

Date: June 8, 2009

URL: http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090608005478&newsLang=en

" Disaboom 2.0 on the Horizon

The redesigned Disaboom 2.0 is scheduled to launch by mid-September 2009, while its companion site Disaboomjobs is scheduled to launch by mid-July 2009. While requirements gathering and initial development for the redesign began earlier this year, the Disaboom team and community members have been using a range of social media tools to establish the Disaboom 2.0 presence and outreach efforts (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) over the past few months, and continue to extend the reach of the Company’s unique content (most recently: the Disability Scholarships Directory and the Directory of Disability Organizations). These and other efforts have been laying the groundwork for the Disaboom 2.0 initiative, which will include accessibility compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) and Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). "

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Read the entire article at: http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090608005478&newsLang=en

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6 meetMoi Launches iPhone, HTML 5.0 Optimized Website
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PRWeb.com

Date: June 8, 2009

URL:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/06/prweb2499304.htm

"Broadening user accessibility to location based mobile dating, meetMoi stays on top as the most ubiquitous mobile dating product.

 

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 8, 2009 -- meetMoi, the leading location based dating company in the United States, today released an iPhone optimized website to complement its WAP and web-based product suite. The optimized website leverages advanced HTML 5.0 location features, along with iPhone specific design features, for a revolutionary step forward in the world of mobile development.

meetMoi's new site is engineered to take advantage of cutting edge location based technology which works entirely through the browser, as opposed to a downloadable application. meetMoi is the first dating product to take advantage of automatic location updates using HTML 5.0, the next major revision of HTML. This new feature allows members to automatically update their location and view nearby matches without having to enter anything manually. "From the perspective of a web-based application, the idea of location-enabling your service without any type of download is really groundbreaking," said Rishi Desai, head of product design at meetMoi...

For more information, please visit meetMoi.com or twitter.com/meetmoi. "

Read the entire article at:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/06/prweb2499304.htm

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7 New Site Meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for Use by All DCPA Patrons
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PR.com

Date: May 28, 2009

URL: http://www.pr.com/press-release/154789

"Denver, CO, May 28, 2009 --(PR.com)-- “Throughout our 14-year online presence,” said Randy Weeks, president, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, “the Denver Center has maximized our patron’s online opportunities with cutting edge tools such as online ticketing and print-at-home tickets. This new site not only provides a streamlined user experience, but it also adds depth to each visitor’s pre- and post-show exploration.”

After a national RFP process, Xylem began a 12-month Web site analysis using focus groups and meetings with advisors to the Denver Center, including Board members and trustees. Focus groups, made up of DCPA subscribers and single ticket buyers, helped better understand the ways in which patrons utilize the Web site, while the WCAG provided the necessary features needed to be accessible to all levels of visitors. The result of the fully redesigned and multi-functional Web site immerses the visitor in a whole theatre experience...”

Read the entire article at: http://www.pr.com/press-release/154789

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8 Browser Plugins Now Available for Major Science Search Engines
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PrNewsWire.com

Date: May 21, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/05-21-2009/0005030668&EDATE=

 

"SANTA FE, N.M., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Deep Web Technologies has developed OpenSearch browser plugins for one-click searching of the world's best scientific information portals, including Scitopia.org, Science.gov, WorldWideScience.org, Mednar.com, Scienceresearch.com and Scirus.com. Users can easily add any of these portals to their browser's search engine box by going to http://www.deepwebtech.com/open-search.html and clicking on a portal to automatically add it to their search box. Typically, the browser search box is located in the upper right corner and users can specify what search engine they would like to search from a drop-down box adjacent to this search box.

"At Deep Web Technologies, we want to find the simplest ways to increase information accessibility," said Abe Lederman, company founder and President. "OpenSearch provides a standard way for users to add their favorite science search engines to their browser of choice."

OpenSearch is a collection of simple formats for sharing search results. Created by A9.com, an Amazon.com company, the OpenSearch format is now in use by hundreds of search engines and search applications around the Internet. Deep Web Technologies utilizes the OpenSearch format for each of their target search portals, bringing Web 2.0 accessibility to the most important science search portals available...."

 

 

 

Read the entire article at: http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/05-21-2009/0005030668&EDATE=

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9 Finance Ministry to create single tax portal
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

NationMultimedia.com --

Finance Ministry to create single tax portal
By Jirapan Boonnoon
The Nation
Published on May 14, 2009

URL: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/05/14/technology/technology_30102663.php

 

"The Finance Ministry is planning to set up a tax portal site to allow businesses and individuals to pay a wide range of tax and excise fees at one website. At the same time, it is working on an "e-Revenue VAT refund" system that will the collection of VAT refunds much more convenient for tourist shoppers.

...

She said the Revenue Department was also working to live up to its undertaking that, with e-Revenue, taxpayers and business should be able to pay taxes via an online transaction, anywhere and anytime. It has introduced Web services and Web accessibility for disabled people, and is collaborating with the Siam Commercial Bank in a pilot project called "Filing Service" at Koh Tao, an island about 45 kilometres from Koh Pha-ngan, in the Gulf of Thailand, and about 75km from the mainland. Taxpayers on Koh Tao can use the bank's facilities to access Internet tax services.

Read the entire article at: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/05/14/technology/technology_30102663.php

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10 KWizCom Products Are Now Compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PR-USA.net

Date: May 9, 2009

URL: http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=208080&Itemid=33

"KWizCom products have always been on the cutting edge of innovation. Now KWizCom has taken a step further, combining commitment to community and technology to make all Microsoft SharePoint and Dynamics CRM add-ons compliant with the WCAG standard of web accessibility for the disabled.

WCAG is the standard defined by the W3C, (World Wide Web Consortium) that when upheld, ensures that the website in question is accessible to people with disabilities as well as to the general population.

KWizCom has made WCAG the standard for more than just the official KWizCom website. Now KWizCom is taking strides to ensure that all products are WCAG compliant as well!

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, interact with and can contribute to the Web.

People using a slow Internet connection, people with "temporary disabilities" such as a broken arm, and people with changing abilities due to aging benefit as well.

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Read the entire article at: http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=208080&Itemid=33

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11 Radisson Blu unveils new website
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: TravelWires.com

Date: May 7, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.travelwires.com/wp/2009/05/radisson-blu-unveils-new-website/

 

Radisson Blu, one of the world’s most innovative, fast growing, contemporary hotel brands, has today (07 May 2009) launched its new website www.radissonblu.com reflecting the new name that was announced back in February. The new Radissonblu.com not only has a new ‘look and feel’ but also improved accessibility and usability.

It provides new opportunities for creating regionalised content for local markets where both international and domestic-based campaigns can be targeted to specific local audiences...."

Read the entire article at: http://www.travelwires.com/wp/2009/05/radisson-blu-unveils-new-website/

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12 International Diabetes Federation Launches New and Improved Website-www.idf.org
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: MarketWire.com

Date: May 6, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/International-Diabetes-Federation-Idf-985127.html

"BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - May 6, 2009) -

..."Our website should serve as the premiere landing site for the global diabetes community," said Mario Fetz, IDF Director of External Relations. "We want to serve the needs of people with diabetes, people interested in learning more about diabetes, of governments and researchers looking for evidentiary data about the diabetes epidemic, and of diabetes and health associations looking for global material on diabetes care, prevention and education."

..."We started this project three years ago to showcase and provide an identity to individual IDF projects such as BRIDGES, Diabetes Voice, Life for a Child, World Diabetes Day and the World Diabetes Congress. From the start we aimed to use and adhere to the latest web standards and accessibility guidelines," said Alain Baute, IDF Online Communications Manager. "With the improved IDF site, we are now ready to further develop content for a wider audience, expand our languages and embrace social media networks."

 

Read the entire article at: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/International-Diabetes-Federation-Idf-985127.html

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13 KWizCom Products Are Now Compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

BigNews.Biz -- "KWizCom products have always been on the cutting edge of innovation. Now KWizCom has taken a step further, combining commitment to community and technology to make all Microsoft SharePoint and Dynamics CRM add-ons compliant with the WCAG standard of web accessibility for the disabled.
WCAG is the standard defined by the W3C, (World Wide Web Consortium) that when upheld, ensures that the website in question is accessible to people with disabilities as well as to the general population.

KWizCom has made WCAG the standard for more than just the official KWizCom website. Now KWizCom is taking strides to ensure that all products are WCAG compliant as well!"

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14 Web Host SoftLayer Launches CloudLayer Line of Cloud Services
Updated: 05 May 2009

Published by: TopShots.com

Date: May 4, 2009

URL: http://www.tophosts.com/articles/008584.html

CloudLayer™ Storage and CloudLayer™ CDN Provide Unique Cloud Services for Companies and Individuals

"DALLAS—May 4, 2009—SoftLayer Technologies today launched CloudLayer™, a new line of cloud services that brings individuals and enterprises powerful options for dynamically scaling their IT resources, maximizing data accessibility, and optimizing their total cost of IT. Today’s launch introduces CloudLayer™ Storage and CloudLayer™ CDN, with CloudLayer™ Computing to follow.

Built on SoftLayer’s core advantages and longtime leadership in automated services, the CloudLayer family provides advantages and capabilities not found with other cloud service providers. Besides operating as stand-alone solutions, every CloudLayer service can seamlessly interface with SoftLayer’s dedicated servers and automated services to create a fully integrated computing environment controlled through the SoftLayer Customer Portal or API. This provides unprecedented opportunities for interoperability and efficiency.

“The capabilities and vision that it takes to do cloud right is where SoftLayer has long proven its expertise,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer. “We aren’t jumping on the cloud bandwagon. We didn’t create CloudLayer to leverage our excess data center capacity. We developed CloudLayer because it’s a natural evolution of what we do. It gives customers the IT they need, when they need it, with all of the flexibility and efficiency of on-demand IT resources without any compromise in performance, security, or control.”

Additional CloudLayer benefits include:
• Pay As You Go or Monthly Packages: Monthly billing is based on hourly usage or monthly plans with no long-term commitment, letting customers optimize their return on technology investment by paying only for the resources they need and use. Hourly billing will be offered in the near future.
• Immediate Scalability: Services are added in real time to accommodate unexpected or temporary changes in demand, providing exactly the level of IT power and capacity as needed, when needed.
• Ease of Use and Control: Full control via SoftLayer’s Customer Portal and API provides streamlined, simplified management, as well as direct access to all SoftLayer services and tools.

CloudLayer CDN enables online service providers to deliver content to their end users faster and more efficiently via a network of 21 cloud-connected nodes running advanced software for organizing, storing, and streaming data. Rather than serving content directly from a host server, content is served from the node that is geographically closest to the end user. This minimizes the distance the data has to travel, mitigates network traffic jams, and decreases latency. CloudLayer CDN is available with Origin Pull or POP Pull delivery strategies, letting customers optimize their costs and end user experience."

 

Read the entire article at: http://www.tophosts.com/articles/008584.html

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15 Ephox Simplifies Web Content Accessibility and Authoring
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: CMSWire.com

Date: April 29, 2009

by Geoff spick

Read the entire article at: http://www.cmswire.com/cms/web-cms/ephox-simplifies-web-content-accessibility-and-authoring-004491.php

"The hardest part of writing web content is making it standards compliant to allow all visitors to use your site and for those with mobile devices to view it properly. The latest version of Ephox's (news, site) EditLive! allows even non-technical users to create standards-compliant content, accessible to all.

Make Sites Visible To All

An often over-looked area of web design is ensuring that the content is standards compliant and offers accessibility to all users. Ephox has been helping to fight this battle for a decade now, and new features in the latest version of the Java-based EditLive! make creating standards-compliant content less taxing for any level of user.

..."

Read the entire article at: http://www.cmswire.com/cms/web-cms/ephox-simplifies-web-content-accessibility-and-authoring-004491.php

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16 Euro Election candidates and the internet
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: The Limerick Blogger

« [Liveblog] Munster V Leinste

Date: May 2, 2009

URL: http://www.limerickblogger.ie/blog/2009/05/euro-election-candidates-and-the-internet

"...Brian Crowley: The first thing that caught my eye was the lousy colours on the navigation bar of his website. White text on a light background doesn’t make things easy for someone with a visual impairment. As websites go, it’s pretty boring. I found no references to user interaction via blog, twitter or social networking sites.

...Toireasa Ferris has a snazzy new website. There are however, certain accessibility issues I would have. Most notably, like Fine Gael’s Sean Kelly, the first thing you are hit with is a macromedia flash file (the animated bit) which can play havoc with screen magnification software, and the press archive at the bottom are text in the form of PNG images, which screen readers cannot read without alt text included in the HTML code, which, in this case it is not. She does have a blog however. Unfortunately, as in a number of others, visitor comments are not permitted on the blog..."

Read the entire article at: http://www.limerickblogger.ie/blog/2009/05/euro-election-candidates-and-the-internet

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17 Tourism Whistler (TW) and Whistler for the Disabled Society (WFTD) Agreement Reached
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: WhistlerQuestion.com

Read the entire article at: 

http://www.whistlerquestion.com/article/20090430/WHISTLER01/304309877/1030/WHISTLER/news-update-tw-wftd-agreement-reached

 

"Whistler – After eight years of helping disabled visitors find their way to and around Whistler, Hugh Tollett has finally secured an agreement that promises to return a bit of revenue for his efforts.

Tollett, the founder of the Whistler for the Disabled Society (WFTD) and creator of the website of the same name (http://www.whistlerforthedisabled.com/), has reached an agreement with Tourism Whistler (TW) that aims to enhance the visitor experience in Whistler for those with disabilities.

The deal, announced in a joint statement last month, will see WFTD provide training to sales agents at TW and its central reservations service, Whistler.com, on providing accurate information and answering questions for those with disabilities. In return, WFTD and Whistler.com will share a percentage of the money generated by bookings for accessible travel to the resort."

 

Read the entire article...

 

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18 Accelerate Media, Inc. Launches New Internet Marketing Website
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: BigNews.biz

Date: April 29, 2009

URL: http://www.bignews.biz/?id=799691&keys=search-engine-marketing-solutions

"Chicago (PRWEB) April 29, 2009 -- Accelerate Media, Inc, a Chicago Internet marketing agency, announced the launch of its new website. The new online home for Accelerate Media offers better usability and additional information on services designed to increase brand awareness and website visibility.
...
Accelerate Media not only benefits from having an improved website to make accessibility for clients and prospective partners easier, but also uses the enhanced design and content additions to set an example. The new website showcases a full suite of internet marketing services that Accelerate Media offers and demonstrates the power of having a good online presence."

Read the entire article at:  http://www.bignews.biz/?id=799691&keys=search-engine-marketing-solutions

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19 Barak Web Hosting announces a new website for ADAAG Consulting Service
Updated: 26 Apr 2009

Published by: Web Hosting News

http://uk.webhostdir.com/news/showNews.aspx?ID=31905

"Web host, design, development and Internet solutions provider Barak Hosting (BarakHosting.com), has completed a new website for ADAAG Consulting Service (ADAAG-Consulting.com), a nationally recognized accessibility-consulting firm.

They are a highly qualified, full-service accessibility consulting firm that has the experience, qualifications, in-house manpower, and resources to deliver a comprehensive, user friendly and cost efficient service.

This is a product of many years working hand-in-hand with governmental bodies and private clients in satisfying their ADA needs, as well as their ongoing interactions with the Department of Justice and the Access Board regarding these issues."

Read the entire article at: http://uk.webhostdir.com/news/showNews.aspx?ID=31905

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20 Fuelling dreams
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

The Post -- Project Track Champion --

 

Although not specifically about website accessibility, I thought that this article would remind web developers that the Internet should be open to everyone, regardless of disability.  Quoting from the article: "...promoting and securing measures to remove barriers that would normally restrict a person with a disability from having an interactive roll within the racing community and other non-related venues."  

"It's a new experience to be in one of these," says Armando Sanguini as he sits inside a 1991 Thunderbird in his wheelchair. ...

The mission statement of Project Track Champion, displayed on the web site, reads: "Project Track Champion is dedicated to the promotion of accessibility for persons with a disability in the racing environment. Project Track Champion is committed to creating, promoting and securing measures to remove barriers that would normally restrict a person with a disability from having an interactive roll within the racing community and other non-related venues."

 

Published by: The Post -- Project Track Champion

Posted By LAURA MACDUFF , POST REPORTER

URL: http://www.thepost.on.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1537761

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21 Strong Vend creates tailor-made bean to cup coffee machines for blind people
Updated: 24 Apr 2009

Published by: BigNews.biz

Publish Date: 2009-04-24

URL: http://www.bignews.biz/?id=799316&keys=beantocupcoffee-coffeemachines-coffeevendingmachines-Beantocupcoffeemachines 

 

"LONDON, UK: Strong Vend is leading the way for innovative design and accessibility after creating a user-friendly coffee and hot beverage machine which can be safely operated by people with sight problems.

The bean to cup coffee machine specialist was approached by an existing customer after an increase in the number of blind staff in its workforce...

Steven Booth of Strong Vend added, “Strong Vend prides itself on high-quality products and services. It is very important to us that Strong Vend’s products can be enjoyed by all. Accessibility is something that Strong Vend feels very passionately about, whether that be ensuring our website is available for people of all abilities or modifying our machines - our message is inclusivity.”"

 

Read the entire article at:  http://www.bignews.biz/?id=799316&keys=beantocupcoffee-coffeemachines-coffeevendingmachines-Beantocupcoffeemachines 

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22 Disable Friendly Web Design Provided By The Creare Group
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Creare Group

Date: April 23, 2009

Read the entire article at:  http://www.pitchengine.com/creare/disable-friendly-web-design-provided-by-the-creare-group/9526/

"The Creare Group Understand The Importance Of Accessibility And Usability Of Every Site.

 

04.23.2009 – The Internet should be usable for everyone regardless. However, they are still many web sties being designed that do not cater for a large percentage of people; those with disabilities.

The Creare Group have done and still are constantly researching to improve the standards of their web site to make their web designs more disabled friendly...For those people with hearing difficulties, the videos seem pointless. However, The Creare Group are providing a solution by introducing scroll bars underneath the presenter that allows a person hard of hearing to read what is being explained ...

The Creare Group build their web sites to automatically comply with the software that is popular with disabled users. This allows them to increase the text size automatically making usability far easier.

“Our main priority at The Creare Group is to ensure that our sites have exceptional usability and accessibility. To ensure this happens we are in constant research of new disable friendly techniques.” Mike McKinley MD""

Read the entire article at: http://www.pitchengine.com/creare/disable-friendly-web-design-provided-by-the-creare-group/9526/

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23 Web development company CheckEngine USA "Web Site Tune-ups & Overhauls" simplifies its name to Web Overhauls
Updated: 21 Apr 2009

Published by: PR Urgent

URL: http://www.prurgent.com/2009-04-21/pressrelease36531.htm

"The new name Web Overhauls better describes what we do, help improve web sites by rebuilding them from the ground up" states President Dennis E. Lembree. "The new company name is also more brief and easy to remember."

Web Overhauls helps improve web site quality by strict implementation of web standards and web accessibility. "A site which is web accessible for disabled users also makes it easier to use for the general public" says Mr. Lembree. "There's a lot of cross-over in these web development techniques, and Search Engine Optimization as well."

Read more at PR Urgent: http://www.prurgent.com/2009-04-21/pressrelease36531.htm

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24 The Forex Trading Institute Launches New Forex Training Web Portal For Improved Client Experience And Content Delivery
Updated: 21 Apr 2009

Published by: Yahoo News

URL: http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20090420/bs_prweb/prweb2336774_1

"The site design was accomplished through a user-centered design process and utilizes a sophisticated content management system. The primary goals of The Forex Trading Institute's site redesign are to provide improved client satisfaction, as demonstrated by usability testing, and increased use of the resources on the TFTI Web site due to better accessibility and presentation.

The new layout, design, and functionality of the TFTI portal were driven by unprecedented increases in the number of people seeking proven training programs in order to effectively trade the Forex markets. In addition to growth in site traffic driven primarily by individuals looking for alternative income streams and proven investment vehicles as a hedge against economic uncertainty."

 

Read more at Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20090420/bs_prweb/prweb2336774_1

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25 Accelerate Media, Inc. Launches New Internet Marketing Website
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

aim168realestate.com --

Read the entire article at:  http://www.aim168realestate.com/real-estate-news/united-states-of-america/19723/accelerate-media-inc-launche.html

"Accelerate Media, Inc, a Chicago Internet marketing agency, announced the launch of its new website. The new online home for Accelerate Media offers better usability and additional information on services designed to increase brand awareness and website visibility. "Having a strong web presence has always been of great importance to our clients, but until this year it wasn't a top priority for my own company," says Randy Mauldin, owner of Accelerate Media, Inc. "When I incorporated the business, I already had a solid client portfolio from freelance and consulting contracts, so I was waist deep in project work and simply didn't have the time to focus on my own website."

Accelerate Media not only benefits from having an improved website to make accessibility for clients and prospective partners easier, but also uses the enhanced design and content additions to set an example. The new website showcases a full suite of internet marketing services that Accelerate Media offers and demonstrates the power of having a good online presence."

Published by: aim168realestate.com

Date: April 18, 2009

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26 Property Abroad Redesign - Simplicity, Accessibility and Usability - 4/18/09
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

PR.com

Read the entire article at: http://www.pr.com/press-release/146051

SNIPET:
"Hartlepool, United Kingdom, April 18, 2009 --(PR.com)-- ..."Well to put it in basic terms; our number one priority was that the site had to be user friendly. We also had to consider every aspect of a users experience on the website as well as all business related requirements such as revenue and search engine placements. Les asked for a site that was as simple and easy to navigate as the old one, but as easy on the eye as anything on the web. He and I agree that this is what he has got." -- Web designer Jamie Arthur of Property Webmasters.com ...

"The main job was bringing the coding up to current web standards, and to implement added functionality to the website for both of our user groups. Users will now find a whole host of extra functionality to improve their experience, and their searches will bring up more relevant results more quickly." -- Web development programmers Matthew Bonner commented on the work he and John Dickson"

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27 Corporate websites and the case for accessibility
Updated: 20 Apr 2009

"As more and more companies provide and actively encourage their stakeholders to access corporate information online, accessibility is becoming an even greater issue.

Accessible websites benefit everyone, both visitors and business. But research shows that many corporate websites are still failing to reach even minimum accessibility standards.

Accessibility is a legal requirement for many businesses..."

Published by:  CorporateEye

Read more at: http://www.corporate-eye.com/2009/03/corporate-websites-accessibility/#ixzz0D468lFTN&B

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28 Crawford Launches Document Accessibility Services Site
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: WhatTheyThink?

Read the entire article at: http://members.whattheythink.com/news/newslink.cfm?id=36347

 

"Toronto -- ...CrawfordTech’s altformats.com was built to address accessibility issues. The new site provides information on accessibility issues along with a streamlined presentation of the company’s services. The simple and clean theme is fully reversible, and can be displayed in a text only version with a single click. Regardless of the theme the user chooses, the ability to increase font size and complete navigation via text links is available on every page..."

 

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29 New Service offers Feedback Opportunity for Users with Disabilities on Marriott.com
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

CSWire - Corporate Social Responsibility News --

Read the entire article atL: http://www.csrwire.com/News/15052.html

"American Foundation for the Blind Launches Accessibility Assurance Program

(CSRwire) BETHESDA, MD. - April 8, 2009 - Marriott.com, Marriott International, Inc.'s (NYSE:MAR) award-winning website with more than 750,000 daily users, announced its participation today in a new service provided by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) called the Accessibility Assurance TM Program (AAP), which gathers feedback from users with disabilities to improve site accessibility.

"We are thrilled that Marriott is championing this exciting new venture in web accessibility," said Walt Decker, executive vice president, American Foundation for the Blind. "This is just the latest demonstration of the company's commitment to continuous improvement and innovation. We hope that other online leaders join Marriott in making their web sites more accessible to all customers.""

Published by: CSWire - Corporate Social Responsibility News

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30 IWantOneOfThose.com - Accessibility
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

I Want One Of Those ramps up site usability

Published by: Netimperative

URL: http://www.netimperative.com/news/2009/april/i-want-one-of-those-ramps-up-site-usability

Published by: Webcredible

Press Release: April 9, 2009

URL: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/about-us/pr/iwoot-usability.shtml

"I Want One Of Those.com is making improvements to its online gift retail site, hiring user experience consultancy Webcredible for a usability testing project on its website.

Webcredible’s usability testing project will consist of 8 participants performing various tasks throughout the website.

Analysis and recommendations will then be communicated to I Want One Of Those.com, based on the results. 

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1 Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Books.Slashdot.Org

Date: June 15, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://books.slashdot.org/story/09/06/15/1331252/Drupal-6-Ultimate-Community-Site-Guide

""Among the more popular and better-regarded content management systems (CMSs), Drupal is distinguished partly by its building-block approach, in which a website's functionality is built up in pieces, each of which is a module (either core or contributed). The opposite approach — using far fewer but more encompassing modules — is generally preferred by non-developers who do not relish integrating a sizable collection of modules or trying to modify the underlying code. Nonetheless, anyone who wishes to build a Drupal-based social website, can learn how to do so in a new e-book titled Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide." -- Michael J. Ross

...


Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide is wrapped up with a brief chapter, an author bio, and an unnecessary marketing description of the book. Unlike most programming books, this one is missing an index — although, as an e-book, it can be searched far easier than a print book.

The list price of the book is a very reasonable €7.70, and it is currently available for €5.50. Even though it is registered under the ISBN 978-2839904902, it is currently not available from Amazon.com, because it is an e-book, and the Amazon.com Kindle is not yet available in Europe; this apparently prohibits European publishers from using it. However, the book's website makes it possible to purchase it online. That site also has more details on the book's contents and the author. In addition to the book site, the first three chapters can be previewed online, via its Google Books listing.

...
With plenty of detailed instructions, and an upbeat tone throughout the presentation, Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide can serve as a useful and fast-paced beginning resource for any Drupal developer who wants to create a social media website, requiring minimal time and custom PHP code. "

Read the entire book review and comment at: http://books.slashdot.org/story/09/06/15/1331252/Drupal-6-Ultimate-Community-Site-Guide

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2 Children’s Defense Fund Reports Significant Increase in Website Traffic After Redesign with Convio Software
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Eon.Businesswire.com

Date: June 15, 2009

URL: http://eon.businesswire.com/portal/site/eon/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090615005455&newsLang=en

"WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--"...“Our website is one of the most visible aspects of the Children’s Defense Fund brand,” said Heidi Hess, Director of Online Communications for CDF. “With valuable strategic guidance from key partners, we created a website that positions CDF to leverage this pivotal moment in American politics to make significant strides for children. Within only a few months, our results have far exceeded expectations.”

Since launching the new website in January of 2009, CDF has received positive feedback from website visitors. Their accolades have been supported by notable increases in other areas as well:

  • Number of visits to CDF’s Facebook page have grown by 440%, year-over-year.
  • The number of unique visitors that provide CDF their email address to learn more has grown by 350%.
  • Rank for Google keyword phrases has improved significantly (from low or non-existent to top 5 on Google in most cases).

CDF selected Convio CMS to power their new website so that it could be integrated easily with their existing Convio Online Marketing setup. OmniStudio completely redesigned and developed CDF’s Web assets, in partnership with RedEngine Digital, who integrated search engine optimization (SEO) and web analytics into the redesign process to achieve high search engine rank for top program issues.

“By conducting extensive research of CDF’s audiences, we were able to prioritize key utilities of the new website and focus on usability elements,” said Jim Jacobs, VP, Interactive for OmniStudio. “The new user experience of CDF’s redesigned website sets the organization apart from other nonprofits, and makes it an integral part of their online communication efforts.” ..."

 

 

Read the entire article, share and comment at: http://eon.businesswire.com/portal/site/eon/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090615005455&newsLang=en

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3 Creating Pure CSS Templates in Joomla!
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: InformIt.com

Date: May 25, 2009

By Barrie M. North

URL: http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1347652

"This chapter from Joomla! 1.5: A User's Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website, 2nd Edition walks through the steps of creating a Joomla template.

Specifically, you will create a template that uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to produce a layout—without using tables. This is a desirable method because it makes the template code easier to validate to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. It also tends to load faster, is easier to maintain, and performs better in search engines. These issues are discussed in detail later in the lesson. ..."

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4 EditLive! Announces Latest Release
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

eContentMag.com --

"Ephox, a provider of authoring software for web content, announced the latest release of its online rich text editor, EditLive! 6.7.

With EditLive!'s built-in accessibility checking tools, users get detailed analysis of content errors based on the latest standards of the US Rehabilitation Act Section 508 and the W3C.  The latest version of EditLive! includes accessibility check as-you-type functionality.

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5 Choosing an Accessible CMS
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: JuicyStudio

Author: Joshue O Connor Senior Accessibility Consultant CFIT

URL: http://juicystudio.com/article/choosing-an-accessible-cms.php

"...

For the tests we looked at:

  • Jadu
  • Mambo
  • Joomla
  • Quick and Easy
  • Expression Engine
  • Plone
  • Drupal
  • Textpattern
  • Xoops
  • Typo3

Summary

How do you go about choosing an accessible content management system (CMS)? What are the main criteria for success? And how to ensure ease of use for authors including screen reader users? ..."

Read the entire article at JuicyStudio: http://juicystudio.com/article/choosing-an-accessible-cms.php

 

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6 Accessible CMS
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Webcredible

Read the entire article at: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/services/accessible-cms.shtml

"Webcredible's very own accessible content management system (CMS) is now available! Our CMS is totally unique in that it:

  • Forces content editors to produce accessible web pages (up to AAA-compliant)
  • Is highly intuitive and easy-to-use
  • Ensures web pages are highly optimised for search engines

The most accessible CMS available

Our accessible CMS is not only capable of creating highly accessible, standards compliant web pages - it actually forces content editors to create accessible pages (up to AAA-compliant).

Through a variety of innovative techniques content editors are forced to:

  • Provide accurate and appropriate ALT text for all images
  • Use a correct heading structure with just one main heading
  • Produce accessible and well-written page content
  • Use predefined styles for both formatting and layout effects
  • Insert table headers into data tables

...The back-end too has been built with accessibility in mind so any blind or disabled employees can use the content management system too..."

Read the entire article at: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/services/accessible-cms.shtml

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7 CrownPeak Launches New Features Across CrownPeak CMS Suite
Updated: 20 Apr 2009

"ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/07/09 -- CrownPeak, the market leader in on-demand Web site management software, today extended its leadership in Web content management with multiple new features across its flagship CrownPeak CMS suite, designed to make client Web site management easier and more efficient. The new CrownPeak CMS includes a completely new WYSIWYG authoring environment, an upgraded version of CrownPeak's Desktop Connection for developers, enhanced Web Analytics, and the recently launched Landing Page Manager, offered as part of the CMS suite with the latest product upgrade.

...

New features in CrownPeak's rich text editor include image cropping and resizing, color customization to ensure greater consistency, spelling and language tools and other functionality. Images are automatically re-sized and re-sampled to ensure appropriate file sizes. The new WYSIWYG editor provides 100% compliant XHTML and also has built in checks for Section 508 and WCAG accessibility guidelines."

Read the entire article at: 

Published by: BNET

URL:  http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_pwwi/is_200904/ai_n31509862/?tag=content;col1

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8 Don’t duplicate link text in the title attribute
Updated: 20 Apr 2009

Read more... 456 BeareaSt

"The default templates supplied by several Content Management Systems (CMSs) seem to duplicate the link text in navigational links into each link’s title attribute.

...It could be because the developers believe it will improve accessibility or that search engines like it. Either way, repeating link text in the title attribute doesn’t do the end user any good."

 

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1 Four Parties Contribute to an Accessible Blogosphere
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Glenda Watson Hyatt

Date:  May 15, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2009/four-parties-contribute-to-an-accessible-blogosphere/

"...Blogging platforms – ...Accessible code benefits the blog’s readers. Second, the blogging platform interface – the part bloggers use when writing posts and such – should meet the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Accessible blogging platforms benefits bloggers with various disabilities (from mild to severe).

  1. Theme designers control the blog’s layout, colour scheme, font sizing and such, which greatly impacts accessibility. If designers do not consider accessibility, many readers will be excluded from the community.
  2. Plugin and widget developers create functionality and ‘shiny objects’,enhancing blogs’ interaction and interest for readers. However, once again, if accessibility is not considered when developing these plugins, many readers are limited or restricted from benefitting from them..."

 

 

Read the entire article and comment at: http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2009/four-parties-contribute-to-an-accessible-blogosphere/

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2 WebAIM - Results from Survey of Preferences of Screen Reader Users
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

WebAim.org  -- "From WebAIM - Web Accessibility in Mind: "In December 2008 through January 2009, WebAIM conducted a survey of preferences of screen reader users. We received 1121 valid responses to the screen reader survey, which was conducted Dec. 2008 - Jan. 2009. The response was amazing. Below are the initial quantitative results and a few observations on the survey results. More in-depth analysis and documentation on the free-form responses will be available in the future.

Screen Reader Usage

Of the 1121 respondents, 74% use JAWS, 23% use Window-Eyes, 8% use NVDA, and 6% use VoiceOver. While several other screen readers were reported, these were the most prominently reported. Individual versions of screen readers are not yet computed, but generally the majority of users are using the most up-to-date version of their screen reader.

Browsers Used"

Graph of browsers used

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3 A Web of Opportunities for the Blind
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Gulf-Times.com

Date: April 18, 2009

Read the entire article at: http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=285500&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

"Rashid Shafi al-Marri, a nine-year-old blind boy, did not know until recently what wealth of information awaited him on the Internet.
But now, thanks to the Supreme Council for Information and Technology Qatar (ictQatar), Rashid can explore the virtual haven of knowledge.
It was a startling sight to see him working feverishly on a computer - downloading songs, and playing music - at the Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blinds (QSCCB) last week...

The tool provides the blind with the privacy he/she needs to use the computer without relying on others, using voice commands, now available in Arabic. A usual training session lasts three days...."

 

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4 In-Flight Broadband To the Forefront - GoGoInflight and Captcha
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

President of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts Makes GoGoInFlight a Top Priority

Mika Pyyhikala, the President of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachussetts makes GoGoInFlight use of a CAPTCHA a top priority.  "I serve as the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts, and I have made this GoGoInFlight issue a top priority of my administration. We will not rest until blind people can access the internet on these airplanes free of barriers like captcha."   Mika pointed out that a competing service called Row 44 provides WiFi for Southwest Airlines and it doesn't have a CAPTCHA -- a visual verification tool that is used to keep spam out of web sites that provide online services.

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5 After Long Delays, In-Flight Broadband Is Taking Off
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Gigaom.com

Date: May 6, 2009

Read the entire comment at: http://gigaom.com/2009/05/06/after-long-delays-in-flight-broadband-is-taking-of/

From the User's Perspective -- In-Flight Broadband by the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts.  A unique look into how a blind user is able to deal with CAPTCHAs...

"The problem with all this is that I am blind, and screen readers do not read visual only captchas. You can view a video which demonstrates this here:
http://bit.ly/AqnoS

...Accesibility aside, it is baffling why goGoInFlight feels the need to have a captcha at all. Do they think that hackers will try to break in to the system so they can pay for the service?

...From a purely technical perspective, there are many mobile devices that blind people use that do not have a screen. I don’t know how GoGoInFlight thinks I can get someone to read me the image on a device without a screen. I had such a device with me on my March flight:
http://levelstar.com

I serve as the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts, and I have made this GoGoInFlight issue a top priority of my administration. We will not rest until blind people can access the internet on these airplanes free of barriers like captcha...

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6 Disabled students find support
Updated: 30 Apr 2009

Published by: Whitworthian.com

Date: April 27, 2009

by: Caitlin Richmond, Scene Editor

 

URL: http://www.whitworthian.com/disabled-students-find-support-1.1735642

"When most students apply to college they think about what dorm they want to live in and the fact that they won’t be living at home. They usually don’t have to worry about whether they can get to their rooms, much less their classrooms. But for students who have physical disabilities, that is just one of the many things they have to think about when going to college...

Often times students might need accommodations in one class but not another, so Pyrc helps them on a need-by-need basis. Some students who are hard of hearing may need to use an amplification device that allows them to hear the teacher’s voice better, Pyrc said.

Devices in the library for visually-impaired students allow them to magnify reading material, and a special computer with software allows students who are blind to use voice commands. Whitworth also has a membership with the lending library so Pyrc can borrow digital recordings of things students need as they need them."

Read the entire article at:  http://www.whitworthian.com/disabled-students-find-support-1.1735642

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7 Fueling Dreams
Updated: 27 Apr 2009

It's a new experience to be in one of these," says Armando Sanguini as he sits inside a 1991 Thunderbird in his wheelchair. The space where the passenger seat would be has been cleared, in order to accommodate a wheelchair, complete with a safety system that attaches the wheelchair to various parts of the floor.

Read more...   Read more...

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8 BrowseAloud
Updated: 27 Apr 2009

Thirteen-year-old Mariah Tejong usually has difficulty reading, but sitting at her computer, a software program is reading the passage aloud and it begins to make sense. Mariah has Central Auditory Processing disorder. This means she can’t hear well in noisy situations, like at school, and what she writes doesn’t always come out as she thinks...

Read more...   Read more about this article...

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9 Glenda Watson Hyatt
Updated: 04 May 2009

Glenda Watson Hyatt shares her experiences living with cerebral palsy to motivate and inspire others to think about how they perceive their own situation and their own world around them. She does all this by typing with only her left thumb!

 

link to  Learn more about Glenda

 

 

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1 Senior Citizens Becoming More Net-Savvy
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Redorbit.com

Date: April 20, 2009

URL:  Visit Redorbit.com (URL too long to publish here...)

""Older adults are the fastest growing demographic on the Internet," said Professor Vicki Hanson of Scotland's University of Dundee on Monday during a global World Wide Web conference in Madrid, Spain.

In 2005, just 26 percent of 70-75 year-olds in the U.S. surfed the Web.  As of last year that number had grown to 45 percent, Hanson said, citing data from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. 

The percentage of those 76 and older that use the Internet rose from 17 to 27 percent during that time...."

Read the entire article at: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1673681/senior_citizens_becoming_more_netsavvy/

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2 Senior citizens 'flocking to the Web': experts
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Yahoo News

April 21, 2009

URL: http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/entertainment/5511144

 

"MADRID (AFP) - Young people largely drove the early stages of Internet growth but in recent years the sharpest rise in Web use in developed nations has been amongst people aged 70 and over, experts said Monday.

...While just over one-fourth, or 26 percent, of 70-75 year olds went online in the United States in 2005, the proportion was 45 percent last year, according to data from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, she said."

 

Visit Yahoo News to read more... http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/entertainment/5511144

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1 UAE, Saudi among world's top website censors - project
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: ArabianBusiness.com

Date: June 12, 2009

URL:  http://www.arabianbusiness.com/558580-uae-saudi-bahrain-rank-high-among-reported-inaccessible-websites

"The UAE ranks high among countries that have blocked most websites, a recent report has revealed.

Internet users in the country reported the eleventh highest rate of blocked websites from among the countries in the world, according to the Herdict project.

...China is the most reported country when it comes to website censorship, according to the report. From among the Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia ranked at No.4. and Bahrain at No.6 in the top 10 slots.

A noteworthy aspect of the report is that the Western countries were equally vigilant about restricting websites. Germany was ranked at No.2, US at No.3, France at No.7, Australia at No.8 and the UK at No.9."

Read the entire article at: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/558580-uae-saudi-bahrain-rank-high-among-reported-inaccessible-websites

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2 Snow Leopard more feature-laden than expected
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: MACWorld.com

Date: June 8, 2009

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld.com

URL: http://www.macworld.com/article/141038/2009/06/106features.html

"For vision-impaired users, the track pad in Snow Leopard will now be usable as a virtual screen—pressing on the trackpad will speak the name of the window under the user’s finger as if he or she were touching the screen. To move to the next or previous window, users needs only flick their finger. In addition, there’s support for more than 40 braille devices, better keyboard navigation, and a new gesture (the rotor) that eases navigation through text and Web pages"...

 

Read the entire article and/or comment at:  http://www.macworld.com/article/141038/2009/06/106features.html

 

 

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3 Site of the Day: Whitehouse.gov Gets a New Look
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: LillyLikes.com

Date: May 13, 2009

by: Robert

URL: http://www.lillylikes.com/celebrity-gossip/article/whitehousegov-gets-a-new-look/2131/

"Obviously, the new administration has been under a lot of scrutiny since the change in power, but regardless of your political affiliation, the changes to the executive branch’s Web site are very exciting. More than just a shiny new exterior, the whole website has received a massive Web 2.0 makeover..."

Related Links:

The White House - Disability Issues

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4 Planning Portal plans major website & usability review
Updated: 02 May 2009

Published by: PublicTechnology.net

Date: May 29, 2009

URL: http://www.publictechnology.net/article_avantgo.php?sid=19860

"Planning Portal, the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales, has appointed Sheffield-based web application development specialist TechnoPhobia, in partnership with user experience consultants cxpartners, to undertake a comprehensive user experience review and interface redesign of its flagship website.

The usability study and redesign will focus upon the information architecture and interface design of the site to ensure a straightforward user experience and provide the highest possible level of accessibility for each of its user groups.  cxpartners will conduct in-depth user research at each stage of the development, including continual involvement of people with disabilities.

The findings from the research will be instrumental in informing and validating the information architecture and design decisions.  TechnoPhobia will revitalise the site by applying a fresh new creative treatment. The commission was made after TechnoPhobia completed the successful interface design and front-end development of the E-consultation Hub; a key component of The Planning Portal.

Read the entire article at: http://www.publictechnology.net/article_avantgo.php?sid=19860

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5 Usability Study: Men Need Speed
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

WebsiteOptimization.com -- "Summary:  In a recent usability survey, researchers from Southern Illinois University found that after ease of use, men prefer fast download speed to easy navigation. Women prefer ease of use, easy navigation, and accessibility. The researchers hypothesize that these different usability criteria are due to differences in how men and women use the Web.

The importance of download speed, for most Web users, has long been established (King 2008). Fast response times foster higher flow states (Skadberg & Kimmel 2004), higher conversion rates (Akamai 2007), higher perceived trustworthiness (Nielsen 1999), and lower user frustration (Ceaparu et al. 2004). But, previous research has also found that differences in gender, age and computer self-efficacy can moderate user priorities. This article explores the differences among men and women in their desire for speed."

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6 Website Optimization Usability Study Discovers Men Need Speed
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: PRWeb.com

Date: May 1, 2009

URL:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/05/prweb2371374.htm

"...Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) May 1, 2009 -- Website Optimization is announcing that the importance of download speed, for most Web users, has long been established (King 2008). Fast response times foster higher flow states (Skadberg & Kimmel 2004), higher conversion rates (Akamai 2007), higher perceived trustworthiness (Nielsen 1999), and lower user frustration (Ceaparu et al. 2004). But, previous research has also found that differences in gender, age and computer self-efficacy can moderate user priorities. This article explores the differences among men and women in their desire for speed...."

Read the entire article at:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/05/prweb2371374.htm

 

 

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7 Men Want It Fast, Women Want It All
Updated: 01 May 2009

Published by: WebProNews.com

Date: April 29, 2009

by: Jason Lee Miller

URL: http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/04/29/men-want-it-fast-women-want-it-all

"On the Web, both genders agree that ease of use is the most important aspect of usability. Pose as a visitor. How easy it is to upload/download/view/purchase? However, men prize download speed over easy navigation, while women place both easy navigation and accessibility ahead of download speed. Customization was the least important to both...

How can you use this information when designing your website? Hold on to that question. The first question is about identifying your target market. Is it young men? Your site should fast, simple, easy to understand, and whatever other usability concern one needs to address to make using the site as quick and painless as possible."

Read the entire article at:   http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/04/29/men-want-it-fast-women-want-it-all

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8 Utah Senate is Web-savvy
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: DesertNews.com

By: Bob Bernick Jr

Date: April 26, 2009

URL: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705299763/Utah-Senate-is-Web-savvy.html

"...For Cantrell, it means a long list of high-tech accessibility for Utahns who are up on Twitter, or webcasting, or video streaming, or podcasts or things that have names some wouldn't even recognize...."

Read the entire article at: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705299763/Utah-Senate-is-Web-savvy.html

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9 Accessibility Testing Using the Tab Key
Updated: 27 Apr 2009

The simplest method to test accessibility is to use the tab key on a PC keyboard. Every time you press Tab, a browser selects an HTML object on a web page. Both IE and FireFox highlight it using a dotted line. Try to make sure that all important content on your web page can be reached using only the tab key

 

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10 Poor review for $5m govt website
Updated: 21 Apr 2009

Published by: Stuff.co.nz

By CLAIRE MCENTEE - The Dominion Post

URL: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/2346535/Poor-review-for-5m-govt-website

"A $5 million government website designed to encourage healthy living among children has been criticised for failing to help those who need it most.

The Mission-On website was developed by Sport and Recreation NZ to promote physical activity and healthy eating to children aged five to 12.

But a report by independent research firm Synovate says poor usability and game quality mean as many as 20 per cent of children are turned off by the site."

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1 Vodafone New Zealand confirms 10 July launch date for iPhone 3GS
Updated: 29 Jun 2009

"iPhone 3GS provides new accessibility features including VoiceOver, a screen reader that speaks what appears on the iPhone 3GS display, enabling visually impaired users to make calls, read email, browse web pages, play music and run applications. The new universal Zoom function magnifies the entire screen, and the White on Black feature reverses the colors on screen to provide higher contrast for people with low vision. iPhone 3GS also supports Mono Audio which combines left and right audio channels so that they can be heard in both earbuds for those with hearing loss in one ear.

iPhone 3GS includes the new iPhone OS 3.0 software with more than 100 new features including: Cut, Copy and Paste; MMS; Spotlight Search to search across iPhone or within Mail, Contacts, Calendar and iPod; landscape keyboard for Mail, Messages, Notes and Safari; expanded parental controls for TV shows, movies and apps from the App Store; and the ability to capture and send audio recordings on the go with the new Voice Memo app. "

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2 Safari 4
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

"Since its debut, Safari has offered Mac users hassle-free browsing, standards-friendly HTML rendering, and a number of thoughtful and handy features to make surfing the Web just a little bit more fun. Its triumphant new version continues all these trends with style–and bolts on a jumbo jet engine’s worth of pure speed.

Performance

Remember the DeLorean from Back to the Future, leaving tracks of flame in its wake as it shot into another era? That’s the impression one gets when comparing Safari’s performance to that of its closest rivals...

In XHTML rendering, Safari’s 0.54 seconds clocked in at nearly seven times faster than Firefox 3’s 3.42 seconds, and still thrashed Firefox 3.5’s 2.82 seconds. Even Chrome, which uses the same WebKit rendering engine that powers Safari, could only manage a respectable 1.14 seconds."

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3 Webvisum
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: WebVisum

Read the entire article atL: http://www.webvisum.com/

"WebVisum is a unique browser add on which greatly enhances web accessibility and empowers the blind and visually impaired community by putting the control in your hands! Its aim is to allow you to better enjoy surfing the net and be significantly less dependent upon outside help. Now available in English, German, Russian, Italian, Slovak, Bulgarian, Dutch, Croatian, Romanian, Portugese, Turkish and Spanish! If you want to help, login into your account and visit the Community page!

Just a few exciting features that we already offer:

  • Community driven tagging and page enhancements.
  • Automated and instant CAPTCHA image solving, sign up to web sites and make forum posts and blog comments without asking for help!
  • Built in helper functions for easier page navigation and less confusion.
  • Numerous under the hood page tweaks designed to help screen reader users.
  • Visually Impaired users benefit from features such as high contrast page viewing, link and focus highlighting, and more.


It is only available for the Firefox browser. ..."

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4 Design Dimensions – How Wide Should Your Web Page Design Be?
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: Best Syndication

Date: May 19, 2009

by: 

Read the entire article at: http://www.bestsyndication.com/?q=node/29901

 

Snippet:

"While designing web pages, the visual elements are not the only concern. It is as important to consider the dimensions of your web page as well. How long and how wide your web page design is affects the overall impact of the design.

...Here are some key considerations you should keep in mind while determining the width of your web page design.

...Screen Resolutions
...Types of Web Page Design Widths
...Fixed Width

...Flexible Width

...Fixed &Flexible Combination – This is the best approach for determining the width of your web page design. The text boxes of the web pages can be fixed in"

Read the entire article and comment at: http://www.bestsyndication.com/?q=node/29901

 

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5 Internet Explorer 8 Promises Better Standards Compliance...and a Whole Lot More
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: CIO.com

URL:    CIO.com (URL is too long to publishe, select this link to go to their website)

 

"Renewed Commitment to Web Standards

A key change in Microsoft's plans is—just announced this week—that IE8 will default to standards-compliance mode, rather than legacy support for previous browser versions. "Compatibility is key," said Wilson.

"We will give you the best approximation of the standard that we can," said Wilson. But if you've written apps to work only with certain versions and features, all is not lost. Authors can upgrade their content when they're ready; in the meantime, they can tell the browser to use "old rendering."

Importantly, IE8 is complying more with CSS standards. "We have the goal of having full and complete support for CSS 2.1," said Wilson. "This is a big goal." To that end, IE8 has a new layout engine with a great typographic foundation that's designed with CSS 2.1 in mind, and clear principles of compliance and interoperability. "Yes, this is the end of hasLayout," said Wilson to audience applause, "Though we still have it in 'quirks mode.'"

With IE expecting Web applications to conform to W3C standards, and the commitment to full CSS compliance, says author and Web standards activist Molly Holzschlag, "It will make life easier for everybody." Developers will be easier to develop, to scale and to maintain since less time will need to be invested in making an app run in a particular browser instead of writing great software. "You won't have to train people to do things to get around IE," said Holzschlag, who also pointed out that IE6 will still be around for a long time (so the cussing will continue for a while).

  

Down 'n Dirty Developer Details

...IE8 is also unlocking the Web for accessibility reasons, said Wilson, to support W3C ARIA specifications and make advanced Web content accessible. Many Web 2.0 and Ajax applications, explained Wilson, are hard or impossible to use when using an assistive technology like a screen reader. "

Read the entire article at CIO.com

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6 Which is the best browser for me?
Updated: 21 Apr 2009

Published by: AccountingWeb.co.uk

Author: Trevor Eddolls

URL: http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=196884

 "Browser summary

● Use Internet Explorer 7 because you're going to find it on every other PC you use.
● Use Internet Explorer 8 if you want to be the first person on your block to use it.
● Use Firefox because the user community keeps it safe and full of features you can add to it.
● Use Chrome because it not only works nicely it could be the best way to use Java-based tools in the future.
● Use Safari because it is looks so great.
● Use Opera because it's the same browser you'll have on your phone and PDA.

"Like Google Chrome, IE8 provides tab isolation, which means the browser keeps functioning even if one tab crashes. IE8 is definitely a big improvement over IE7 with much better support for web standards...

 

Firefox is better at following web standards than Explorer. It ensures that W3C (World-Wide Web Consortium) standards for how a web page should appear are (almost) fully realised in the browser."

Read the entire article at: http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=196884

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1 Microsoft Announces Imagine Cup 2009 Worldwide Winners
Updated: 08 Jul 2009

PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX -- "After an intense competition among finalists chosen from a pool of more than 300,000 students from more than 100 countries and regions, Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of Imagine Cup 2009.

..."The creativity and imagination that students poured into their projects this year was incredible," said Joe Wilson, senior director of Academic Initiatives, Developer & Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft. "Many of these projects have the potential to have a serious impact on how we address society's most pressing issues. We hope that all of the students who participated this year will continue their pursuit of creating technology in the service of making the world a better place."

- Accessibility Award. Students are challenged to design a technology solution that leverages people's diverse physical and cognitive abilities. This award was won by:
   - First Place: Saudi Arabia - ATST
   
- Accessible Design Award: Students who participated in the Design competition were awarded additional recognition for a technology solution that best addressed accessibility needs. This award was won by:
   - First Place: United States - eXchangeFun
   
- Tablet Accessibility Award. The objective of the Tablet Accessibility Award is to create a new education application that uses Tablet technology while expanding the possibilities for how a user interacts with the computer. This award was won by:
   - First Place: United States - Auratech
   - Second Place: Brazil - IC-UNICAMP"

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2 WOW Web Design Competition
Updated: 30 Jun 2009

National Web Design Contest Winners Announced, Web Programming

WOW Web Professional Award is an international contest honoring excellence in the Web profession. WOW Web Design Award categories include:

  • WOW Web Design Contest for Students within
      - Middle school
      - High school
      - College and Tech Ed

NewsBlaze.com - "...Challengers documented their progress as they demonstrated their skills in Web Programming (HTML, XHTML and CSS), Web graphics, Web site design, Web accessibility and usability, Web site management, project management, Web multimedia and equally important professionalism.

$190,000 in education scholarships and prizes were generously provided by the following list of contributors:

 

* Adobe Corporation
* The Art Institute
*
Center for Digital Imaging Arts or CDIA at Boston University
* Santa Clara University
*
World Organization of Webmasters
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3 IBM Honors Eight Employees with Highest Technical Award
Updated: 03 Jun 2009

Published by: Linux.Sys-Con.com

Date: June 3, 2009

URL: http://linux.sys-con.com/node/988047

"ARMONK, N.Y., June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) has elevated eight employees to the title of IBM Fellow -- its most prestigious technical honor -- acknowledging their important contributions, industry-leading innovations and collaboration with clients and business partners worldwide. ...

Chieko Asakawa, Ph.D.

Research, Tokyo, Japan

Chieko Asakawa's crucial contributions in the area of accessibility technology have enabled IBM to become a worldwide leader in the field. As a blind researcher, she has helped to establish awareness, both within and outside IBM, while leading the creation of technologies that have changed the way disabled individuals communicate and interact. Her early digital Braille work in the 1980s is still helping the blind community in Japan, and her work on IBM Home Page Reader opened up the Web for non-visual access. She has supported accessibility-related open standards and open community development with the Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF) project within Eclipse and is leading the Social Accessibility Collaboration service, which seeks to improve the accessibility of the Web through the power of the open community. Chieko is actively working to help women engineers pursue technical careers within and outside of IBM, and she serves with distinction on various committees as a senior accessibility researcher. "

 

Read the entire article at: http://linux.sys-con.com/node/988047

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4 LexDis wins Learning Impact Award
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

ECS.Soton.AC.UK -- "An innovative research project based in ECS has won a prestigious award in the world’s annual competition of high impact use of technology to support and enhance learning.

A Learning Impact Award was made to LexDis, a JISC-funded project which is assessing some of the difficulties which arise in e-learning for disabled learners. The award was made last week at Learning Impact 2009, the IMS Global Learning Consortium's annual conference which brings together the world's leading creators, vendors, users, and buyers of learning technology.

LexDis, which is led by Dr Mike Wald and E.A. Draffan at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science’s Learning Societies Lab, and Dr Jane Seale, from the School of Education, received a Best in Category award and was named Best Assistive Technology Network.

The Learning Impact Awards (LIAs) recognize the use of technology to improve learning across all education segments and in all regions of the world. The finalists were evaluated by an expert panel of judges and the attendees at the IMS annual Learning Impact conference and Summit on Global Learning Challenges, held this year in Barcelona.

More than 30 students participated in the LexDis project and fed back their strategies for accessing various technologies.

Some of the key recommendations from the project were:..."

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5 Public auditor office wins web site award
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: GuamPdn.com

Date: April 18, 2009

Read the entire article at:  http://www.guampdn.com/article/20090518/NEWS01/90518004/1002

"The Guam Office of the Public Auditor has won a national award for its web site.

...

Sites were judged in four categories: usability, accessibility, design and uniqueness. According to judges, the "Guam (web site) scored the highest in uniqueness and was very strong in content and design." The site was designed by A.J. Rosario, Ron Brigman and iCON Corporation, according to an OPA media release.

 

Visit the web site at http://www.guamopa.org."

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6 FullCodePress: Inside the Judging
Updated: 24 Jun 2009

Published by: FullCodePress

Date: May 14, 2009

by Raena Jackson-Armitage

Read the entire article at: http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/05/13/fullcodepress-inside-the-judging/

 

"Here at FullCodePress, the 24 hours are over—each of the sites are finished, the clients and teams are taking a well-earned rest. Now, it’s time for the judges to cast their careful eyes over each site. Let’s take a sneak peek inside the judging.

...Markup: Judged by yours truly. I’ll be checking to ensure that the markup on the site is semantically appropriate, sensibly named, structured cleanly, and of course valid. Being from a content management background, I’m also interested in whether each site’s CMS helps users keep the resulting markup clean and tidy, and encourages good habits among the users. I’ve seen many a good site ruined in the past by the fact that a CMS does a poor job of cleaning up someone’s code boo-boos, or worse yet, introduces validation errors of their own.

...Of course, Lee will be running some tests of her own. “While it’s been running I’ve had a look through the sites and I’ve been running some basic scripts against the form fields, just to see if they bring up anything interesting. For example, some forms can leave a site open to an SQL injection attack.”

Accessibility: Gian Wild, a renowned accessibility ninja, will be assessing each site on its access strengths. Since the Aussie team is working with a disability advocacy group, this is especially important for this team–but with Rainbow Youth’s requirement for an open and inclusive site, we can be sure she’ll be holding the Code Blacks up to the same exacting standards!

“I tested against WCAG1 and also used a variety of well-known techniques that people with a disability are likely to use, such as turning images off, increasing text size, and turning stylesheets off.” says Gian. “In some areas I was very impressed and in others… I was quite concerned. As an example, there are some situations where increasing sizes or turning images off can cause important elements like the navigation to disappear, which is obviously not very good.” "

 

FullCodePress: And The Winner Is …

Published by FullCodePress
by Matthew Magain

The final sites are available for viewing online, and handover will occur after both teams have caught up on sleep! "

  • View the New Zealand site
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    7 'Best Practices for Online Distance Learning Programming'
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    PRWeb -- "Quantum Receives Platinum Award for 'Best Practices for Online Distance Learning Programming' from the United States Distance Learning Association

     

    This year's award was for Quantum's work in building accessibility into its chemistry tutorial software to provide online tutoring and homework help for blind and visually impaired students. Certified by the National Federation of the Blind's (NFB) Nonvisual Accessibility Web Application Certification Program, Quantum is the first to deliver accessible artificial intelligence tutoring software for the blind.

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    8 August wins ‘Best in Class’ at Interactive Media Awards
    Updated: 22 Apr 2009

    Published by: NewsMaker.com

    URL: http://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/933

    "Australian digital agency August has won 'Best in Class' at the Interactive Media Awards in the US, in the ‘Web Design/Development’ category for its own website www.august.com.au.

    According to the IMA website, The Best in Class award is the highest honour bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards (IMA), which accepts entries from agencies around the world. The winner of this award is recognised as having excelled in all areas of the judging criteria and achieved a perfect, or near perfect, overall score. This site represents the highest standards of professionalism, standards compliance and impeccable planning and execution, placing it amongst some of the world’s most well executed websites.

    ...

    Zoe Warne, co-founder and Director, Creative Services adds, “When we set out to create our website, it was important to our methodology that it be standards-compliant and accessible, but without compromising on creativity and visual appeal, and it seems that the IMA judges have recognised this.”

    “It was critical to us that website visitors were able to navigate their way around the site, with ease and clarity - no flashing lights or intrusive, pointless animation to detract from the experience. With its breath-taking scenic views of the natural world, scaling background (designed to present a uniform look regardless of screen resolution) and gentle, fading screen transitions, it’s a testament to how creative and web/accessibility standards can co-exit,” explains Warne."

    Read the entire article at: http://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/933

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    1 Universal Design for Web Applications
    Updated: 27 Apr 2009

    Published by: Books.Slashdot .org

    Date: April 26, 2009

    http://books.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/27/1648226

    Universal Design Book Cover    Book Review by: Michael J. Ross with Laura Andres 

    "In the preface to their book, the authors explain that the purpose of universal Web design is to make Web content "work as efficiently as possible across the range of capabilities exhibited by both people and their chosen browsing technologies." While it has little to do with efficiency per se, maximum Web usability is a laudable goal for every designer and developer of a website or Web-based application. The consensus in the Web design community is that the most effective way to achieve this goal is through adherence to accepted usability standards and design practices, and those are the topics that the authors explore in the eleven chapters that compose this book: an introduction; selling universal design; metadata; structure and design; forms; tabular data; video and audio; scripting; AJAX and WAI-ARIA; Rich Internet applications; and the universal design process."

    Read the entire review at:  URL: http://books.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/27/1648226

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    1 Job vacancy: Web Services Coordinator
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    Published by: PublicTechnology.net

    Date: May 27, 2009

    URL: http://www.publictechnology.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=20156

    "We are looking for an energetic, organised and flexible Web Services Coordinator to join our Business Technology team. This varied role will involve working closely with all areas of the Agency to obtain content for the staff intranet and our corporate website. You will be adding and amending content to keep it up-to-date; monitoring and coordinating any enquiries received; and undertaking routine administrative tasks to ensure the sites meet accessibility standards. ... --- For the detailed job vacancy description & application details see this link"

     

    Read the entire posting for more information at: http://www.publictechnology.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=20156

     

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    2 Website Project Manager, Prospectus
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    Posted by: ThirdSector.co.uk

    Date: April 30, 2009

    URL: http://jobs.thirdsector.co.uk/job/317225/website-project-manager

    "This health charity is looking for a Website Project Manager to see an innovative concept for a new website through to delivery..."

    How to apply? - Visit: http://jobs.thirdsector.co.uk/job/317225/website-project-manager

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    1 Unobtrusive Antispam: Using JavaScript and Cookies Efficiently To Thwart Spammers and Hackers
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    Published by: CoffeeDesk.com

    Date: June 10, 2009

    by: Anthony

    URL: http://thecoffeedesk.com/news/index.php/2009/06/09/unobtrusive-antispam/

    "...Hiding The Form With DOM Code

    ...Placing a div element with an id attribute used by an external JavaScript function to place the actual form via DOM-modifying functions is the preferred method of doing so, with a noscript tag alerting users to enable JavaScript in case of NoScript or users with JavaScript disabled.

     

    Preventing HTTP POST-based attacks

    ...

    Form randomization

     

    ...

    Remember: while this will block probably 99% of your form-solicited spam, it will not indefinitely stop all spam from occurring. A user whom wishes bad enough to attack your site could still manually download and parse a form via a premade script."

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    Read the entire article, comment and share at:  http://thecoffeedesk.com/news/index.php/2009/06/09/unobtrusive-antispam/

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    2 Social-networking sites "locking users out"
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    ComputerActive --
     

    "But are not breaking disability discrimination laws

    Social-networking websites and those based on user-generated content are “effectively locking out” disabled users, charities have said.

    In the UK there are estimated to be 1.6 million registered blind people, 1.5 million with cognitive difficulties and six million that have dyslexia.

    Accessibility charity Abilitynet and the British Council of Organisations of Disabled People (BCODP), said by not providing accessibility options, it is often too challenging for people with disabilities to use sites such as Facebook and Twitter. And they warned as these sites become more popular the situation could get “more challenging”."

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    3 GoGoInFlight Broadband - CAPTCHAs
    Updated: 13 May 2009

    GoGoInFlight Broadband for Airlines

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    1 'Advocates for blind students sue ASU over Kindle use'
    Updated: 29 Jul 2009

    Anne Ryman -- "...The National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind are seeking a preliminary injunction in federal court to stop ASU's plan to use the device in place of traditional textbooks in three class sections. They say ASU's decision to pilot the Kindle discriminates against blind students because they cannot access all of the device's features.

    At issue is the Kindle's navigation menu, which contains no audio option. A blind person cannot select a book or activate features such as the function to have the book read aloud...

    Amazon.com is not a party to the lawsuit and did not return calls seeking comment. On March 19, Amazon's "Kindle Team" wrote on the company's Web site that they have heard from many blind or visually impaired customers regarding the Kindle's accessibility.

    "We want to let those customers know that this is something we are working on, and we look forward to making it available in the future," they said on the site..."

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    2 Another Council Enhances Website Accessibility with BrowseAloud
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    Published by: eGovMonitor.com

    Date: June 4, 2009

    Source: BrowseAloud

    URL: http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/25458

     

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    "Kent County Council is delighted to announce that they have renewed their BrowseAloud subscription so that their website can continue to assist people with literacy difficulties, dyslexia, mild visual impairments or for non-native speakers.

    Tracey Gleeson, Web Manager for Kent County Council comments, “Making our website more accessible to visitors who may have had problems reading the web content fits into our overall vision to offer services that are fully inclusive and reach out to all communities. It made sense for us to join BrowseAloud as we are constantly striving to provide the best service possible.”

    ...Key features of BrowseAloud include the text magnification which increases text size, Dual Colour Highlighting, MP3 Output and a talking dictionary. BrowseAloud will also read accessible HTML, PDF documents, hyperlinks and tags behind images."

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    3 Cerner develops new way for devices to connect to Web
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    Published by: KansasCity.com

    Date: May 11, 2009

    by: Suzanne King

    Special to The Star

    URL: http://www.kansascity.com/business/story/1191371.html

    "A Web developer from Cerner Corp. has come up with a new way for computers, cell phones and BlackBerrys to connect to the Web.

    ...Essentially, the Bootstrapper lets the computer server that is hosting a Web site dish out just the right amount of information when a Web surfer accesses it. So someone using an updated computer with a fast connection gets all the bells and whistles, while someone surfing on a cell phone gets the bare bones...."

     

    Read the entire article at: http://www.kansascity.com/business/story/1191371.html

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    1 TecAccess Announces American Recovery Act Accessibility Coupon
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    Published by: News.PRNewsWire.com

    Date: May 12, 2009

    URL: http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/05-12-2009/0005024836&EDATE=

    "ROCKVILLE, Va., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- TecAccess, www.tecaccess.net, a leading provider of accessibility solutions, has announced a "Recovery Act Accessibility Coupon" as a packaged, cost effective solution for agencies and federal vendors to accelerate their Recovery Act readiness. The recent stimulus bill, known as the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," is a $787 billion measure designed to fund a wide array of projects and programs to jump start the economy and create jobs. Accessibility will be a critical component for all of the federal agencies responsible for spending and distributing stimulus funds, as well as federal vendors hoping to do business with the government.

    "It will be critical that these agencies and funding recipients comply with all applicable laws, including those protecting the rights of people with disabilities," explained Debra Ruh, founder and CEO of TecAccess.

    Federal agencies and vendors will be responsible for such laws as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), and the Rehabilitation Act, which make accessibility a condition of federal funding. Standards issued under many of these laws include standards for electronic and information technology issued under the Rehabilitation Act (Section 508)."

     

    Read the entire article at: http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/05-12-2009/0005024836&EDATE=

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    1 Why E-Books Look So Ugly
    Updated: 24 Jun 2009

    Wired.Com

    “E-books today are where the web was in its early years,” says Andrew Savikas, vice-president of digital initiatives at O’Reilly Media, a major publisher of technical books. “And some of those e-books are as difficult to read and browse as the early web pages.”

     

    As books make the leap from cellulose and ink to electronic pages, some editors worry that too much is being lost in translation. Typography, layout, illustrations and carefully thought-out covers are all being reduced to a uniform, black-on-gray template that looks the same whether you’re reading Pride and Prejudice, Twilight or the Federalist Papers.

    “There’s a dearth of typographic expression in e-books today,” says Pablo Defendini, digital producer for Tor.com, the online arm of science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor Books. “Right now it’s just about taking a digital file and pushing it on to a e-book reader without much consideration for layout and flow of text.”

    With the popularity of the Kindle and other e-book readers, electronic book sales in the United States have doubled every quarter. Though still a very small percentage of the overall book industry, sales of e-books touched $15.5 million in the first quarter of the year, up from $3.2 million the same quarter a year ago. By contrast, the printed book market sales in North America alone was nearly $14 billion in 2008.

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