Web Accessibility

Redefining Accessible Software

Redefining Accessible Software

On MacStories.net, tech writer Steven Aquino presents an interesting analysis on the impact of Apple technology on the lives of people with disabilities. “I have disabilities myself, so I'm part of the group who uses assistive technology to access their Apple devices,” says Mr. Aquino on his personal blog.   

Creating Accessible Technology for All to Easily Utilize

Creating Accessible Technology for All to Easily Utilize

In South Korea, consumer electronics manufacturer Samsung is looking at ways that technology, including artificial intelligence, can help people with disabilities. Samsung says its developers are “listening closely to the feedback of those with disabilities, and developing tests so they can directly experience the inconveniences themselves.” Samsung says it is developing a number of technologies with an eye to ensuring accessibility for anyone and everyone, that have the potential to dramatically help those with disabilities, the elderly, and many others.

Designing For Accessibility and Inclusion

Designing For Accessibility and Inclusion

To design for accessibility means to be inclusive to the needs of your users. This includes your target users, users outside of your target demographic, users with disabilities, and even users from different cultures and countries. Understanding those needs is the key to crafting better and more accessible experiences for them.

Introducing the Accessibility Inspector for Firefox

Introducing the Accessibility Inspector for Firefox

On “Marco’s Accessibility Blog,” Mozilla blogger Marco Zehe gets into deep detail about Firefox’s new web site accessibility inspection tool. The Firefox Accessibility Inspector allows web developers to review how well a website works with assistive technologies.

Windows 10 Accessibility: What to Expect in the year ahead

Windows 10 Accessibility: What to Expect in the year ahead

If you use the accessibility tools and features within the Windows 10 Operating System, Microsoft’s recent blog is full of good news. The tech giant says it has been collaborating with assistive technology partners to bring more assistive technology to the Microsoft Store.

Skype Plans Accessibility Improvements

Skype Plans Accessibility Improvements

Skype has several improvements to its accessibility on the way, as part of Microsoft’s mission to “make technology more accessible and empower people to achieve more.” According to an article on Microsoft’s news site ON-MSFT, the Skype development team has been using user feedback and comments to address “accessibility issues.”

Is Your Online Job Application Accessible To The Visually Impaired?

Is Your Online Job Application Accessible To The Visually Impaired?

Lexology.com is a website written for and by the legal profession. This is an excerpt of an opinion piece that recently appeared on the site, warning employers about the potential for lawsuits from people with disabilities should their job postings not be fully accessible by screen readers.

Web Accessibility and Marketers

Web Accessibility and Marketers

Not everyone can take full advantage of the internet, and that’s a problem,” says Tyler McConville. Mr. McConville is the CEO of Nav43, a Toronto-based digital marketing agency. He shared his thoughts on the marketer’s role in improving accessibility in this opinion piece on the Forbes Community.

Google Maps Can Now Create Accessible Transit Routes

Google Maps Can Now Create Accessible Transit Routes

Google has just added a wheelchair accessible routing option to select cities in Google Maps. Tailored to public transit, routes can now indicate the availability of wheelchair ramps and elevators along transit routes.

Website Accessibility

Website Accessibility

Let’s face it, the Internet is here to stay. It is has become an important part of our lives and culture for everything from looking up a phone number and checking your bank balance, to sending reports and correspondence across the globe, as well as fun things like movie screening, photo-sharing and music streaming. But, for people living with disabilities, this whole new digital world may be off limits as they simply cannot access it.

Accessibility is Good Business

Accessibility is Good Business

The World Wide Web has become a necessity rather than a luxury in today’s digital world. That is why it is crucial for Content Management Systems (CMS) designers to consider the needs of all consumers, including people who have visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairment. CMS is the software application programs used to create and manage digital content. With one in five Americans reported to live with a disability, the need to cater to this large population is paramount.

Five Innovative Mobile Technologies

Five Innovative Mobile Technologies

Technology companies have developed programs for smart phones, tablets and other mobile mini gadgets to help people with disabilities navigate our increasingly tech-dependent world.The following five technologies have the potential to give greater independence to people with disabilities.

Web accessibility group helps make Penn State more inclusive

Web accessibility group helps make Penn State more inclusive

There’s no doubt the Internet has transformed the way we live, communicate and find information. From breaking news to bus schedules, the data is just clicks away. But, for people with disabilities, especially those who are visually impaired, browsing the Web is a little trickier.