When Walt Disney opened Disneyland, he had a vision of fusing technology with entertainment. Nearly sixty years later, the company has found a way of improving the microphone from a touch of a finger to a listeners ear. And new audio technology is improving the lives of many who are now hearing the world in new ways.
Tagged with “accessibility” (18)
Dennis speaks with George Zamfir on his background, his activity in Toronto, and how Responsive Web Design (RWD) can benefit web accessibility. The conversation stems from George’s talk Responsive Web Design & Accessibility from the Accessibility Camp Toronto last fall. A notable quote from the 50-minute conversation:
Let go of fixed widths
George is a web accessibility consultant for Good W-ALLY (@good_wally) in Toronto, Canada. He and @Jennison co-host the Toronto Accessibility & Inclusive Design meetup.
As techniques for usability and accessibility have some cross-over, so do RWD and accessibility. Case in point, this recent article on Mashable, 6 Easy Ways to Make Your Website Tablet-Friendly. The main points of George’s presentation are that responsive web design:
- is like a user’s custom stylesheet
- adheres to web standards
- thinks mobile first & uses progressive enhancement (PE)
- caters to users’ needs
Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.
Neil Harbisson’s "eyeborg" allows him to hear colors, even those beyond the range of sight.
Today on Radio Johnny Jeff Parks talks with Derek Featherstone, who will be presenting at the upcoming edUi conference about the importance of accessible design in the creation of great experiences for every user. Derek argues that organizations need to look at accessibility as a design tool and not simply as list of requirements with which they must comply. As we build more dynamic interfaces our standard of care must also increase. As designers we should striving to make products and services that are both technically perfect and easy to use for every person, regardless of their physical limitations.
Sociability: how accessible is social media? - Life Matters - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Social media has pretty much taken over the world in the last few years. For lots of us, it’s part of our everyday routine—possibly even an addiction for some—and it’s a brilliant way to connect and share with almost anyone we want to.
But for many people living with a disability, the world of social media is just out of reach.
How can we build modern web applications that use DOM Scripting and Ajax-type technologies and ensure that they are accessible?
To find the answers Derek will look at the impact of Ajax and dynamically-generated content on people with disabilities by examining how various assistive technologies interact with modern web development techniques such as DOM Scripting and Ajax. Using those results Derek will create a strategy to make some currently popular design patterns more accessible to all users.
This session presents a wide variety of mistakes, blunders, misconceptions, over-indulgences, intricacies, and generally silly aspects of modern web accessibility. Sometimes the most serious errors are made by well-meaning developers who misunderstand the concepts or take their limited accessibility knowledge to an extreme level - thus web accessibility gone wild.
In the seventh episode of the Mac-cessibility Round Table Podcast, knights Cara Quinn, Eric Troup, Darcy Burnard, Holly Anderson, Steve Sawczyn, and Josh de Lioncourt discuss Apple’s big event to introduce the iPad slate computing device, its accessibility, speculation on how VoiceOver may differ from the iPhone, and what we think it means for the future.
The hype around Web 2.0 continues to increase to the point of absurdity. We hear all about a rich web of data, but what can we learn from these trends to actually apply to our designs? You’ll take a tour through the past, present, and future of the web to answer these questions and more:
* What can we learn from the rich history of data visualization to inform our designs today? * How can we do amazing work while battle the constant constraints we find ourselves up against? * How do we really incorporate users into our practice of user experience?
By Steve Faulkner at the Accessibility 2.0 conference in London, 2009.
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