Accessibility in the News: October 2003Saturday, November 01, 2003
Two of the bigger stories of the month this month are the accessibility of electronic voting systems including the furora over an inaccessible paper-printout audit trail. The second story is the release and popularity of a non-English search engine.
Web, Technology and Software
- Syllabus: Document formats for the Web: PDF, DWF, and CMS
- DataJoe: AgentSheets' new software designed for handheld ease -- "Mobility Agents is designed to help people with cognitive disabilities use mass transit. The software monitors buses in real time using a global positioning system and alerts users when their bus is approaching, when to board and when the bus has reached the passenger's stop."
- FCW: SkillSoft upgrades for accessibility
- Globaltechnology: Accessible Web sites open to new opportunities
- Business Wire: Macromedia forms Government Solutions Group -- "including accessibility compliance"
- MaltaMedia: Microsoft scheme to benefit the disabled
- MecuryNews: GE site can be accessed by blind
- Globaltechnology: AOL adds closed captioning for web video
- Channel News Asia: The blind can surf, but not on local websites -- in Singapore
- PRNewsWire: New Verizon center answers the call for customers with disabilities
- The State News: Simulation Day depicts life with a disability
- Information Week: Usability, Accessibility, and Profitability
- Internet.com: Macromedia woos e-government
- GamesBids.com: Turin 2006 web site restructured
- SFGate: Signs of improvement / Video conference programs expand horizons for deaf
- NewsForge: Making Linux accessible for Grandad
- Vnunet: UK e-commerce sites running blind
Non-English Search Engine
- IOL: Non-English search tool widens the Web
- CNet: Non-English search tools gains outside U.S.
- ZDNet: Non-English search tool makes gains
- BizReport: Non-English search tool takes the Web World wider
- India Times: New search tool for the non-English
- Star Press: Disabled face obstacles when voting
- NewhouseNews: Would paper trail meet security concerns about touch-screen voting?
- DemocracyNow: Can democracy in America survive electronic voting?
- AccessNorthGa: Survey finds problems in voting access for the disabled
- Ledger Enquirer: Poll sites miss mark
- TimesDispatch: Handicapped-accessibility audit set for voting sites
XML and Accessibility
Legal UK and Europe
- EurActiv: Disabled people: Commission to promote CSR in the workplace
- Silicon.com: 5 years ago... Over a third of UK websited branded illegal
- EU: "eGovernment in the 21st Century" -- "Firstly, ensuring inclusive and widespread access to the Internet so public services are accessible for all. We should invest in multi-platform access, education, and implementing Web Accessibility Guidelines."
- Guardian: How the web turned into a mine field
- Human Resource Centre: Disabled access: new guidance for local councils
- CJ Online: Judges rule fairgrounds inaccessible, violates law
- Rocky Mountain News: State budget fails accessibility test
- GCN: HHS issues usability guide for site design
- Washington Post: HHS Web guidelines created with designers, users in mind
- IPSNews: Online government not connecting with everyone
- Research-Based web design & usability guidelines -- "Note: All files on this website are PDFs". HTML version is available
- FCW: Study: Fed sites lack accessibility
- US Newswire: Government web site struggle with accessibility and readability -- links to E-Government for All