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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.

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Announcing Techshare India 2016 – Towards Digital Inclusion

Glad to announce the 5th edition of Techshare India 2016 to be held on 3rd & 4th March, 2016 at New Delhi which will focus on implementing equal access through the theme “Towards Digital Inclusion”.

The call for papers for Techshare India 2016 is now open. Want to share your knowledge on accessibility, submit your paper now. Abstracts or papers should be submitted online and latest by the 15th of September, 2015.

To know more visit http://techshare.barrierbreak.com/

Support us in building Digital Inclusion!

Thanks & Regards
Ramya

All govt websites to be made differently-abled friendly

Good to hear about Indian government websites.

As many as 6,000 websites of the Centre and state governments would be covered out of which 50 per cent would be made fully accessible for differently-abled people by July next year, according Social Justice Department sources.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/all-govt-websites-to-be-made-differently-abled-friendly-115072600059_1.html

Hope this is done at the earliest and the website are really made “accessible”. Do share your views on the same.

Regards

Ramya

Let’s Reconnect on Accessibility!

It’s great to see more and more companies in India start to talk of accessibility. As an interest group, we have been quiet for a period. It is now time to come back to the discussion of accessibility and help spread the word in India.

As the Chair of the Interest Group, I would like to start by just getting to know each other. I know for some of us, we might have done this in the past. But a request to everyone is to just say a few lines about yourself and the work you do in accessibility in the comment of this post.

I hope to see more questions and discussions on the group, so that we can all learn and share with each other to create a dynamic accessibility community in India.

Regards

Shilpi Kapoor

Attended w4a mtg in South Korea

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!

Easy Checks: A First Review of Web Accessibility Updated Draft

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.

Introduction to Web Accessibility a course on accessibility by Google

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.

http://googledevelopers.blogspot.in/2013/09/make-your-website-more-accessible-to.html

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

Accessibility Round up 13th August 2013

Before I sign-off, a couple of quick reminders:

  1. Bangalore Accessibility Meet up for this month will happen on 24th August 2013. Details and registration
  2. Call for papers – Techshare India 2014 closes on 1st September, 2013.

Thanks,
Srinivasu

Accessibility Round-up 1st August 2013

Sorry folks for long wait for this post due to some unavoidable reasons:-(

Until next time,
-Srinivasu

Accessibility meet-up July 2013 in Bangalore

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:

  1. WCAG for ICT (Thanks Prashant and Kiran for the info shared recently)
  2. How each one is doing with their initiatives for accessibility
  3. Information about upcoming conferences
  4. A few demos of Accessible patterns, assistive technologies

When?
Saturday, 27th July 2013 14:00 Hrs to 16:30 Hrs (Indian Standard Time)

Where?
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.
Thanks,
Srinivasu