Layout Tables Tip

It’s 2015, so hopefully web developers know that table elements should not be used for layout. There are many reasons why CSS for layout is better but at the core, HTML tables are data tables; they’ve always been meant for data. If a table is used for layout, add ARIA role of presentation to the table element. This will remove theContinue reading “Layout Tables Tip”

Speech Recognition – Coming of Age!

Google recently added Voice Typing to Google Docs which really has taken speech recognition to the next level. By simply plugging in a microphone to a desktop computer students can start to use speech recognition immediately. I have found that the speech recognition that’s built into Google Docs to be very accurate and allows studentsContinue reading “Speech Recognition – Coming of Age!”

What is an accessible website? | Lee Jordan

What is an accessible website? Often when we try to define what an accessible website is, we default to the position that it’s a website that can be used by a visually impaired person via a screen reader. If your website makes sense and can be navigated when it’s read out by a screen readerContinue reading “What is an accessible website? | Lee Jordan”

Chieko Asakawa: How new technology helps blind people explore the world | TED Talk | TED.com

  How can technology help improve our quality of life? How can we navigate the world without using the sense of vision? Inventor and IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa, who’s been blind since the age of fourteen, is working on answering these questions. In a charming demo, she shows off some new technology that’s helping blindContinue reading “Chieko Asakawa: How new technology helps blind people explore the world | TED Talk | TED.com”

Proper Use of Buttons and Links

After years of arguing for proper use of form elements and link elements, others are finally doing the same. More recently, this includes the articles The Anchor Button: Bad for Accessibility, Bad for Usability by Matt Long and Reinventing the hyperlink (with much humor!) by Heydon Pickering. (curated by Lifekludger from Proper Use of Buttons and Links) Complete articleContinue reading “Proper Use of Buttons and Links”

W3C Web Accessibility Initiative: 2014 in review

As the end of another busy year approaches, it’s worth looking back at the year that was and the significant contributions WAI has made. With celebrations relating to the 25th anniversary of the WWW and the 20th anniversary of the W3C, there has been much opportunity for reflection, and there have been some more localisedContinue reading “W3C Web Accessibility Initiative: 2014 in review”

PDF accessibility: new guidance issued

The Australian government has issued updated guidance on the accessibility of the portable document format (PDF) for people with disabilities. (curated by Lifekludger from PDF accessibility: new guidance issued) Complete article at source: http://www.accessiq.org/news/news/2014/12/pdf-accessibility-new-guidance-issued

Apple’s App Review Should Test Accessibility – Marco.org

Marco has a great post outlining why Apple (among others) should require accessibility of an app before releasing it. The closer to the design end of the development curve that accessibility is included, the better. Poor or broken accessibility is exactly the sort of problem that Apple’s App Review team should check for: many developersContinue reading “Apple’s App Review Should Test Accessibility – Marco.org”

Captionfish: A captioned movies search engine

Stumbled across this service the other day. Lists captioned movies and TV shows as well as a search facility. You can customise results to shown within a certain area. Howeverer it only seems to be US-Centred currently. I’d really like to see this expaned to other countries, especially Australia. Captionfish: A captioned movies search engine.

Playing with Leapmotion for accessibility

Today I spent a few hours in the Leap motion offices talking about the web possibilities of this cool new technology. On the way back we had an internet connectivity outage, so it was a great opportunity to start playing with some of the ideas. Here is a video of what I am working on.Continue reading “Playing with Leapmotion for accessibility”