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Accessibility in the News: January 2006

Friday, February 03, 2006

There's an interesting trend emerging, of disabled people asking publicly on the web for companies to make their products more accessible. Two examples this month are an online petition asking Google to make its CAPTCHA registration system accessible, and one voice asking Apple to consider accessibility improvements to its product range.

January sees the deadline for accessible voting systems being in place, as legislated by the Help America Vote Act. A flurry of stories have surfaced, including vendors backing out of suppling touch-screen voting systems. Encouragingly there's innovation going on in this area, including plastic sleeve based assistive technologies, which are providing an interesting alternative. The argument whether Diebold's offering is accessible or even accurate is still raging on. Also raised this month, the question of what to do with the inaccessible machines that have been replaced.


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