Monthly Archives: May 2016

Talk to the hand!

“However, all that may change. If you believe the doctors, I will lose my speech at some point, although they have been saying that for 20 years, and there will be other jobs that push and challenge me. My commitment is to face those brick wall moments head on and climb the bloody wall rather than trying to resign.

”Even in her difficult moment, Furness saw in his young employee many of the qualities that Lay-Flurrie’s managers and colleagues at Microsoft would later recognize – a “dynamic leader, a natural storyteller, an advocate for customers” and someone who is “competitive, courageous, grounded by purpose, and able to put people at ease and enlist hearts and minds.

”Lay-Flurrie is now senior director for accessibility, online safety and privacy at Microsoft.

With her Union Jack wristwatch and her “Keep Calm and Carry On” office decorations, she’s also a bit of a one-woman British embassy at the company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. Lay-Flurrie regularly incorporates phrases like “that’s pants” (British for “no good”) into conversation, which flows like the afternoon tea at The Ritz London because she’s also a gold-medal lip reader with perfect speech.

“The bee’s knees, taking the mickey out of people – my colleagues call them Jenny-isms, but I told them ‘That’s just boggins! They’re British-isms!’

“It took me a long time to figure out my disability is a strength. We are born problem solvers, loyal, and driven. I wouldn’t change my journey for the world – it’s made me who I am – but there is a smarter way to do this,” Lay-Flurrie says.

“There is so much that I can do to help others personally and in my role at Microsoft. There are a billion people with disabilities in the world. We’ve got to get it right for them.”

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Microsoft celebrates inclusive design with microsite and video – WinBeta

Inclusive design, or universal design, is an important part of the design world. The concept isn’t often enough given focus compared to other disciplines, despite the importance of its application in everyday life to making products accessible to anyone. Microsoft, whose products are used by billions around the world, are of course familiar with the principles of inclusive design, and the company’s Design department has recently made a microsite, along with a short documentary to celebrate this design discipline.Inclusive design is all about breaking down the barriers to products and experiences,

Microsoft itself of course gets a mention with perhaps their most universal product to date: Skype Translator, which is universal because it breaks down the biggest barrier between human interactions across different nations and culture, language. The sci-fi-like feature was shown to enable students in Seattle in the U.S. to converse normally with their Chinese counterparts half the world over, each in their natural tongue.

Going further than just bridging the language gap, Skype Translator is also shown to help students with hearing disabilities integrating into a normal classroom environment by translating speeches into text for reading.

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Read full article at Source: Microsoft celebrates inclusive design with microsite and video – WinBeta

Karlen Communications – PDF and the User Experience Survey

This survey was designed for people with disabilities using adaptive technology. Every attempt has been made to ensure that the survey is accessible. It has been tested by people who use adaptive technology such as screen readers and refreshable Braille displays before going live. There is an e-mail link at the beginning of the survey to use if you find any problems or have any problems filling out the survey.

This is your chance to share your experiences with what is working with PDF documents for you and what is frustrating or isn’t working with PDF documents for you.

PDF Validation Tools

If you are landing on this page and wonder if your PDF documents are accessible, there are some tools you can use to check them.

PDF Remediation Tools and Services

Some of these companies have both software tools and remediation services.

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Read full article at Source: Karlen Communications – PDF and the User Experience Survey

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is coming – here’s what Apple’s doing about it! | iMore

In advance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has some important updates coming your way!

On the App Store, Apple has updated the company’s Accessibility collection. That’s where App Store editors have carefully curated a list of the very best apps, by the very best developers, that are helping make the world a more accessible place. You can find apps specifically for vision, hearing, speech, learning, literacy, and motor accessibility there, and apps that tap into Siri to make the home more accessible as well.

For the iTunes Store, Apple has created a new collection featuring hundreds of movies with described audio, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian, The Big Short, The Revenant, Spectre, and many, many more. Described audio is just what the name implies—a voice over the speaks out the settings, actions, and emotions so people with limited or no vision can still enjoy everything that’s happening.

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Read full article at Source: Global Accessibility Awareness Day is coming and here’s what Apple’s doing about it! | iMore

ACMA review of the Captioning Quality Standard

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released the final report on the review it has been conducting of television captioning standards.

Remote control pointed at Smart TV

Under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, the ACMA was required to conduct a review of the Captioning Quality Standard(link is external), which was introduced in 2013, and consider the differences between captioning for live, part-live and pre-recorded programs.

The final report(link is external) states that the ACMA received 11 submissions in response to its discussion paper, with nine of them supporting Option 1. The ACMA has decided to adopt Option 1, while also adding the following note to the standard.

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Web Accessibility: The Inclusive Way to Boost Your Bottom Line | Lullabot

A very good read [Ed..]

Yes, it is about recognizing humanity in all of its diversity and doing our very best to give everyone the experience they came for. However, making websites accessible isn’t a charitable act. It’s not a nod to an edge-case scenario to satisfy a requirement somewhere, nor is it about spending money to put in features that are only going to benefit a few people to give us the warm fuzzies inside. At the end of the day, it’s good business.  After all, we’re talking about impacting 56.7 million potential users…

Cyclical Non-inclusiveness

Usually we disregard accessibility because we don’t realize the large impact of that decision. As human beings, we collectively suffer from something called the “False-Consensus Effect”.

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Read full article at Source: Web Accessibility: The Inclusive Way to Boost Your Bottom Line | Lullabot

Default Implicit ARIA semantics

The question of whether HTML elements need the addition of ARIA role attibutes to expose their semantics, is one that surfaces on a regular basis. The answer is maybe for a subset of elements, but increasingly no.


In some cases the semantics of a HTML element can be expressed by an ARIA role, state or property. This is fiendishly known as the element’s ‘Default Implicit ARIA semantics‘ARIA roles add nothing to default semantics of most elements

None of the elements defined in HTML4 need ARIA roles added to expose their default semantics. Adding an ARIA role is extra work for no gain and could lead to pain for you or somebody else. The new features defined in HTML5 , where implemented, now have their default semantics exposed by most browsers.

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Accessibility in Office 365—progress in 2015 and plans for 2016 – Office Blogs

Our goals are to ensure that:

People with disabilities can communicate, consume and create content on any device.

Everyone can easily create content that is accessible for all people.

We have a strong track record of compliance with accessibility standards for our productivity applications on PCs and for our communication applications, including Section 508 Procurement Requirements. By the end of 2016, we want to extend this to all Office 365 applications on all platforms and are also committed to ensuring we meet more modern accessibility standards, including WCAG 2.0, Level AA Success Criteria and European Standard on accessibility for public procurement of ICT (EN 301 549).That said, we know that compliance with accessibility standards does not guarantee ease of use. This is why the Office 365 team is not only using data from accessibility conformance tests, but also conducting usability studies with people who have vision, mobility, hearing, learning and literacy impairments to make our products more usable and to allow every person to achieve more.

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Read full article at Source: Accessibility in Office 365—progress in 2015 and plans for 2016 – Office Blogs

Accessibility 101 – 8 tips for a better user experience

As designers and developers we usually work with particular people in mind when creating something. This is our target end-user: someone with a certain set of goals, characteristics and motivations that will be accessing your services. Yet, even if you segment your users and consider usage scenarios for various behaviours, there are inherent qualities that, regardless, could apply to anyone: impairments and disabilities.

Hindering people’s access based upon circumstances beyond their control is the worst thing to do, even unintentionally. If you’ve never experienced any such setbacks yourself, it’s difficult to imagine quite how some things could be so useless for others.

Being accessible means ensuring your digital product is usable by people of all abilities. This should be a responsibility of everyone working in the industry; even having some basic knowledge of small usability improvements can be a big help.

This article is not at all exhaustive, but aims to show a few ways in which websites can be designed and developed with accessibility principles in mind.

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Read full article at Source: Accessibility 101 – 8 tips for a better user experience | Blonde Digital