Monthly Archives: December 2015

Use Only One on a Page | Adrian Roselli

That’s it. That’s the meat of the post. The title covers it all. You don’t need to read any further. You are, of course, welcome to continue since I spent all this time writing it.

Definition

For those who aren’t familiar with , the element is intended to be a container for the primary content of your page.

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Post Falls 5th grade inventor creates app to help people with disabilities

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Alexander Knoll stayed after school one day recently to have a little chat with educators at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum.

“I love helping people and I’m excited to tell you about the app I’m trying to develop called Ability App,” the Post Falls fifth-grader said. “The idea is simple .

“This bright 10-year-old with red hair and freckles is getting good at addressing groups of adults, explaining his big idea and appearing confident and composed.

“The simple-to-use app can be accessed for free on any computer or handheld device .”

Much like Yelp is to eating out, Ability App would give users such details as the locations of wheelchair ramps, accessible boat launches and hiking trails, service animal-friendly locations, and restaurants with Braille menus. It also would contain information on grocery delivery, occupational therapy, transportation and mobility, and disability-friendly job listings, among other services.

Alex even imagined voice-activation and eye-tracking features for users who don’t have use of their limbs. His passion for drawing and design led him to create a clever logo that appears on the app’s Facebook page, website and business cards for the venture. His mother, Anne Knoll, has been at his side, assisting Alex on the computer.

He has had a whirlwind year. Last March, Ability App took best in show at Invent Idaho, a statewide student invention competition. He got to explain his project to Gov. Butch Otter, first lady Lori Otter and state lawmakers at the state Capitol in Boise.

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Microsoft, American Council of the Blind partner to advance accessibility | News Center

REDMOND, Wash and ARLINGTON, Va – Dec. 17, 2015 – Microsoft Corp. and the American Council of the Blind (ACB) on Thursday announced they will partner on efforts to advance the accessibility of information technologies. Through the partnership, the ACB and Microsoft will work together to enable planned updates to various Microsoft products to better meet the needs of persons with visual impairments.

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An Access Revolution | Tarita Karsanji Davenock

The Inclusive Tourism market has been estimated as being worth US$134 billion annually. Already a major tourism sector, it is a market driven by the retirement of the baby boomers, who command almost 60% of net U.S. wealth and 40% of spending. In travel, boomers represent over 50% of consumption. The impact on the Inclusive Tourism sector is significant as over 40% of them will be retiring with some form of disability, raising the total value of this sector to over 25% of the tourism market by 2020. This is not a niche market!

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The designer’s guide to digital accessibility | Web design | Creative Bloq

How to create accessible designs that work across print and digital.

The notion of accessibility may bring to mind ideas of screen readers and voice control, but it’s about much more. Some impairments, for example, often go unnoticed. Take colour blindness: one in 12 suffer from the condition, so a design that uses only colour to convey information is useless to a large number of users.

Then there are those who aren’t technically blind but do have some level of visual impairment. Designing with these users in mind not only helps them, but makes your work easier on everyone’s eyes.

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The New Old: High-Tech and Design for Aging | Re/code

While Silicon Valley excels in creating technology that engages younger consumers and makes business practices more efficient, there is a growing opportunity for technologists to apply their skill sets to redefine how people age. Take, for example, the current trend of aging in place. Smart technology has started transforming homes, infiltrating everything from our thermostats to ovens to light bulbs. Studies show that nearly 90 percent of seniors want to age in place, and new smart home monitoring technologies can help them do that. From small “stickable” sensors that monitor medication intake to entire home systems that can identify a fall through motion detection and alert a caregiver for help, home monitoring products are enabling older adults to age safely and independently in the comfort of their homes.

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Designing a landing page for color-blind people – Elokenz Blog

One thing you should know about color-blind people, is that while most of them see blue they can’t distinguish green from red. So, having a blue logo is fine, while having a red or green logo is bad, because these colors are really different for color-blind people and they might be used by your partners or clients in a context that you don’t control.

Here you see that blue is not easily confused. This is the reason why hyperlinks are blue. I’ve also read a rumor stating that it is the reason Mark Zuckerberg plumped on blue for the dominant color in Facebook’s design because of his color blindness.

Now you understand why so many logos are blue-ish.3 Pro tips to enhance your designs for color-blind peopleUse tools to help youIf you ever want to design something for color-blind people, you should know that there is few software out there to simulate that on your own computer. Personally I used ColorOracle to get a quick feeling about my layouts. However, I discovered later that the option is available in Photoshop (under ‘view’ > ‘proof setup’ > ‘color blindness’). This allows professional designers to quickly check their work.

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On Use of the Lang Attribute | Adrian Roselli

…WHATWG HTML bug (26942) where someone asked why do these examples of lack the lang attribute? I thought the answer from Hixie was a bit dismissive and not based on any data or real-world benefits of use, particularly in the context of screen readers: Why not? Realistically, few people include it. It just means the language is unknown.

At the time, I could not get the latest archive to download from WebDevData.org (though that has changed, see below), so I fell back to asking for help on why the lang attribute is valuable.

How the lang Attribute on Is Used

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ACCESSIBILITY AS A DRIVER FOR QUALITY on Vimeo

Accessibility is a quality outcome of a good design and development practice. However, accessibility is commonly overlooked on product teams, or is considered a secondary or tertiary concern to be addressed at the end of product development. It can be difficult to get product teams to integrate accessibility into process and practice. Security and privacy are widely held as crucial to software and online services, in part due to their accompanying legal obligations. Can accessibility, with its legal imperatives, provide a driver for closer attention to designing quality user experiences, based on a solid development practices?…

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