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Accessibility in the News: September 2005

Monday, October 17, 2005

The highlight of the month is the RNIB. Their TechShare conference in November is being keynoted by a representative of Apple, talking about the screen reader technologies they have in their new operating system Tiger. This along with a forthcoming media briefing from Adobe about the accessibility of PDFs signals a shift into looking how assistive technology can better serve the needs of people with disabilities. I think its an incredibly positive step from the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

A second positive step is the official launch of ClearLeft - a Brighton based web standards and accessibility focused consultancy headed by Andy Budd, Jeremy Keith and Richard Rutter. I've met with and spoken briefly to the first two people, and the impressions I took away were of to people interested and passionate about web standards and web accessibility.

The new Apple Operating System MacOS X Tiger is hitting the news for all the right reasons. Apple have made some impressive steps forward in their accessibility features in their operating systems. There's no need to pay £700 plus for specialised screen reader software when it comes as a standard part of Apple's MacOS X. Apple and IBM are the two forerunners in cutting edge assistive technologies at the moment.


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