Just finished attending W4A 2014 conference in Korea. Glad to share those details, if you like. On my side, I am from IIIT-Hyderabad and had presented my paper titled, “Overcoming the New Accessibility Challenges Using the Sweet Framework”, to this conference. Learnt a lot from it. Joining this group to see how I can further help with my research. I would love to know of some long standing problems with respect to web accessibility in the Indian context. Namastae & Cheers!
Accessibility in India Community Group
This group focuses on accessibility awareness in India. With India, being an IT, it is important to look at accessibility and build awareness on the web and mobile and ebooks.
This group will not publish specifications.
No reports yet published. The Chair is responsible for publishing reports. More about publishing…
The Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published an updated draft of the WAI resource Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility. Easy Checks helps you assess if a Web page addresses accessibility. It provides simple steps for anyone who can use the Web; no accessibility knowledge or skill is required. The checks cover just a few accessibility issues and are designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive.
As per the following blog by Eve Andersson, Manager, Accessibility Engineering at google, google has launched a course on making accessible websites for visually impaired users.
You work hard to build clean, intuitive websites. Traffic is high and still climbing, and your website provides a great user experience for all your users, right? Now close your eyes. Is your website easily navigable? According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people are visually impaired. That’s more than the populations of England, Germany, and Japan combined!
As the web has continued to evolve, websites have become more interactive and complex, and this has led to a reduction in accessibility for some users. Fortunately, there are some simple techniques you can employ to make your websites more accessible to blind and low-vision users and increase your potential
- Word press 3.7 will get rid of <title> attribute
- Industry Coalition attempts to make e-Readers inaccessible
- What’s Quick Navigation mode in VoiceOver screen reader for Mac OS X by Victor Tsaran
- Esc key to close modal dialogs and menus
- Slightly updated: Intro to Web Accessibility Resources by WebAxe
- OK, Glass, I can’t walk. So help me explore
- How the JAWS Screen reader support ARIA [Word document] by Freedom Scientific
- Brief Review of @Fleksy – an app for easy typing by AbilityNet
- 10 things parents should teach their kids about disabilities
- Accessibility evaluation for web writers
Before I sign-off, a couple of quick reminders:
- Bangalore Accessibility Meet up for this month will happen on 24th August 2013. Details and registration
- Call for papers – Techshare India 2014 closes on 1st September, 2013.
Sorry folks for long wait for this post due to some unavoidable reasons:-(
- Call for papers – Techshare India 2014 now open. Due 1st September, 2013
- Register for Bangalore Accessibility Meet-up August 2013
- Bangalore Accessibility Meet-up July 2013
- WebAIM’s July News letter – a lot of interesting articles
- Summary of Federal Accessibility Laws in the US
- Reading with a refreshable Braille Display
- #MessageMonday from PayPal Accessibility Team –
Be POSH Begin coding with Plain old semantic HTML #a11y
- Victor Tsaran files a petition seeking Apple Inc to make Logic Pro Accessible to Blind users
- The world of two VoiceOver
- jQuery UI Accessibility Analysis by SSB Bart Group
- Using ARIA to enhance Web Applications by WebAIM
Until next time,
Thanks to the National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch for providing space and logistics to organize an Accessibility meet up on 29th July, 2013. Objective of such meet ups is that to bring together accessibility enthusiasts once in a while to discuss what are the current developments, encourage newbies about accessibility and overall to keep the accessibility momentum live! Some of the areas would be discussed in the upcoming meet up are:
- WCAG for ICT (Thanks Prashant and Kiran for the info shared recently)
- How each one is doing with their initiatives for accessibility
- Information about upcoming conferences
- A few demos of Accessible patterns, assistive technologies
Saturday, 27th July 2013 14:00 Hrs to 16:30 Hrs (Indian Standard Time)
The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch
CA Site No. 4 NAB Road
Jeevan Bhima Nagar, Bangalore 560075 India
Since the space is limited, it’s essential that those interested to join the must sign up on Accessibility Meet-up July 2013 page on Facebook.
Please spread the word…
For any questions and suggestions, feel free to contact me.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) today published a completed Working Draft of Guidance on Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (WCAG2ICT). After the comments from this review period are addressed, WAI expects to publish this as an informative (that is, non-normative) W3C Working Group Note. Please see important information in the Call for Review: Final Draft of WCAG2ICT e-mail. Comments are welcome through 15 August 2013. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group today requests review of draft updates to Notes that accompany WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 (Editors’ Draft) and Understanding WCAG 2.0 (Editors’ Draft). Comments are welcome through 15 August 2013. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) To learn more about the updates, see the Call for Review: WCAG 2.0 Techniques Draft Updates e-mail. See also important information in the WCAG Techniques and Understanding WCAG Updates blog post. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Here we go with the round up of this week!
- Able2Fly – improving accessible travel by Disability Horizons
- NCPEDP – MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2013 Announced
- Keyboard and Interaction Accessibility Techniques – a presentation by Jared Smith of WebAIM
- Accessibility Evaluation for Web Writers by Day Alexander
- Working with Text and VoiceOver on a Mac by American Foundation of the Blind
- Hands-free Computer Access with Tracker Pro by BarrierBreak
- SkipTo plugin by PayPal Accessibility Team – an enhancement to SkipTo links by SG Accessibility Solutions
- Accessibility Objectives for Word Press – initial thoughts by Graham Armfield
- “Responsive Design + Accessible Design = Responsible design” #MessageMonday by PayPal Accessibility Team
- AirBus has created rest rooms that can be adopted for wheel chair users too
- Progressive Enhancement is still important
- WordPress Keyboard Accessible Drop down menus – plugin revisited
- Interview with a Facebook Accessibility Team member
Until next week,
The Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) invites comments on the updated draft of Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility, which has new sections on Forms and Plain Content View. Easy Checks helps you assess if a Web page addresses accessibility. It provides simple steps for anyone who can use the Web; no accessibility knowledge or skill is required. The checks cover just a few accessibility issues and are designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive.