Weblogs: Web Accessibility

Accessibility in the News: March 2005

Saturday, April 02, 2005

IBM introduces an assistive mouse.IBM firmly stamped its reputation in the accessibility market by introducing the first assistive technology mouse. For people with mobility-impairments, notably shaky hands, IBM's hardware smooths out jaggy mouse movement, effectively making fine cursor movements accessible. This is in addition to IBM's already bulging pocket of accessibility-related hardware and software.

On the Open Source front, KDE took a step closer to producing a fully accessible desktop experience with their 3.4 release. The variety of assistive technologies include mouse enhancements, speech recognition, screen magnifiers, and text-to-speech conversion.

Legislative wise, the European Union survey into accessible information and communication has returned the result that most participants want accessible audits and tests to be done on products, with an even split between mandatory and voluntary third party testing.


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