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Task Force Requesting Feedback to New Accessibility Requirements
Jun, 12 2013
Updates to the current version of the W3C guidelines for including descriptions with images are in the process of being worked out. Some of the newer changes that are being defined are: Added requirement that the destination of a long description (longdesc) should be "accessible" The requirement to present content through the standard User Interface was changed from "should" to "must" and...
Pizza Hut Apologizes for Offensive Ad, Ends up Insulting Again
Jun, 11 2013
People in China have been protesting Pizza Hut's commercial for its Shrimp Balls that depicts two cartoon people talking about the product and referring to the animated version of the balls as "confusingly rolling around... because they are blind balls". The word "rolling" is often used as a curse in the country, and the words "shrimp" and "blind" have the same pronunciation in some dialects....
Eye Communication is no Longer Merely Subjective
May, 22 2013
Tobii Technology just let people communicate with their eyes, and not just in the romanticized Hollywood way. The company has recently announced its next generation augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) product, the Tobii I-series. These eye-controlled devices purportedly measure eye gaze to allow the users who have communication difficulties, the freedom of expression and increased...
Accessibility Improvements to Microsoft 8
May, 14 2013
Microsoft’s latest Operating Systems just got a whole lot more accessible to the visually impaired thanks to Dolphin Computer Access. The new update, called SuperNova v13.50, seamlessly enlarges text and graphics, changes difficult colors to more comfortable alternatives, highlights the cursor positions more clearly, and has a function in which all text can be orated in natural sounding voices ...
The FCC Releases New Accessibility Requirements for Mobile Internet Browsers
May, 03 2013
Section 718 of the Communications Act, has been implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), updating the 2010 Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)2, an Act instituted to guarantee disabled people have access to emerging and innovative advanced communications technologies. The updated Order will certify that Internet browsers used for advanced...
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