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The website for Safeway’s grocery delivery will undergo accessibility and usability improvements. They will use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, WCAG 2.0 Level AA as the standard for this effort.

Safeway worked on this initiative in structured negotiations with individual customers with visual impairments in California and Washington. The Law Offices of Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian of the Oakland, California civil rights firm Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho represented the Safeway shoppers.

The Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) will focus on Cloud and Web Computing. The 3.7 million dollar project will be led by Carnegie Mellon University and sponsored by The U.S. Department of Education. The goal is to develop ways that enable people with disabilities to utilize all the resources available on the Internet.

The DRRP will include researchers at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Aaron Steinfeld, team director and associate research professor and Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute said, “Our projects are focused on finding ways to create inclusive user experiences on the Internet.” He went on to explain, “There has been great progress over the years on Web accessibility standards and systems, but there is still a lot of work left to do.”

Read more on the project to improve web and cloud computing accessibility.

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If you have an accessible website, more persons with disabilities will frequent it.  By word of mouth, its good reputation will start to permeate the community of users with disabilities.  They might spread the word that all active elements are keyboard accessible, all images have proper text equivalents, and content has sufficient color contrast.  Since there are about one billion users with disabilities worldwide, accessible sites have the potential of getting a lot more hits than inaccessible ones.

The HTML working group at the W3C has published and updated working draft of Using WAI-ARIA in HTML.

A practical guide for developers, the document shows how to add accessibility information into HTML elements using the Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification known as WAI-ARIA. WAI-ARIA is a way to make Web content and Web application more accessible to people with disabilities. This new draft shows how to use WAI-ARIA with HTML5. It helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls that were developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript and related technologies.

Infographics on the web have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years for many great reasons. Often, they are able to quickly convey complex bits of information and show key relationships between data sets. For sighted users, representing data as an infographic actually improves accessibility. It’s easier to understand because infographics:

On Tuesday November 19th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eSolutions is hosting the first Open Web Accessibility Conference at the Waterloo Museum in Ontario. The objective of the conference is to:

  • Educate participants about what website accessibility is and provide context around why it’s important.
  • Help participants understand what steps they need to take to comply with the AODA.
  • Provide participants with a better understanding of how website accessibility is measured and develop new ideas for future applications and innovations

Visit the Open Web Accessibility Conference website to register.

The Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme is open for application from September 2nd through December 31. The Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme was launched in October of 2012 by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and the Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong, to show appreciation to enterprises and organizations whose websites are accessible for all segments of the community, including persons with disabilities. Read more about the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme opening for application.

Role Attribute 1.0 is now a completed Web Standard, published today as a W3C Recommendation. Role Attribute is an XML attribute that allows authors to add semantic information to documents. Role Attribute supports WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications technical specification for making dynamic, interactive web content accessible to people with disabilities.  

For details on the role attribute, see the Role Attribute 1.0 document.

Source:  W3C WAI

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