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Upcoming accessibility improvements for Microsoft Edge revealed – WinBeta

 

Upcoming accessibility improvements for Microsoft Edge revealed
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For those of you hoping Microsoft’s newest browser Edge becomes the ideal replacement to Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, Microsoft is reassuring consumers that they are committed to making Edge the best tool for browsing the web. Today, the …
Microsoft shows how the Narrator feature helps make Microsoft Edge more accessibleWindows Central
Microsoft Announces New Edge Browser FeaturesSoftpedia News

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Trail of Cedars Restored in Effort to Expand Accessibility in Glacier Park – Flathead Beacon

 

Trail of Cedars Restored in Effort to Expand Accessibility in Glacier Park
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The trail was one of the first handicap accessible trails in the park, but it had since deteriorated to where it no longer meets federal standards. It has been repaved with a sustainable non-asphalt polymer pavement that Gordon said should last longer

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Accessibility ramping up with local businesses – MetroNews Canada


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Accessibility ramping up with local businesses
MetroNews Canada
“Ramp it up is a really simple solution to a big problem within the city, especially in older neighbourhoods,” said Alison Grittner, RAD Renovations Program Coordinator with Accessible Housing, the organization behind the project. The program

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Complete story at source: accessibility – Google News

Street View accessibility improved in Google Maps app – AndroidGuys


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Street View accessibility improved in Google Maps app
AndroidGuys
Street View accessibility improved in Google Maps app. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered why Street View hasn’t been incorporated well in the Google Maps mobile app. It’s a useful feature. Historically, we’ve had to download a separate …

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What Apple’s 3D Touch could mean for accessibility – Digital Arts Online


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What Apple’s 3D Touch could mean for accessibility
Digital Arts Online
Apple is calling 3D Touch the “next generation of Multi-Touch”, with Peek and Pop and Quick Actions. My first impression is that the new technologies look pretty cool. From an accessibility perspective, there are some obvious benefits that jump out at

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Complete story at source: accessibility – Google News

Designing for Non-Native Speakers

Some curious facts emerge when you compare the languages most sites use, versus the languages most internet users speak. While around half of all web pages are in English, only about 28 percent of the people using the internet speak English as a first language. Interesting, right? There are billions of people who use and browse the English web, but are not native speakers.

Asking for fully translated and localized sites is a mammoth task, one only large international conglomerates can afford. Instead, we can take some other simple steps to make our sites accessible for non-native speakers. We can focus on clear language, interfaces, and prompts, to help users as they navigate a largely English-speaking web.

Readability

…In order to get an objective idea of how complex our copy was, we ran it through the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test. The test measures how difficult a passage in English is to understand, and assigns a score or US-reading level. You can do this with the “Show readability statistics” tool in Word, or by copy and pasting your content into an online tool. Our marketing copy was topping out around the 13th grade level, meaning you needed at least a year of college to understand what we were saying about our product! We should have been sticking to a level of 6th-8th grade to make sure our content was clear and accessible to our customers. No one wants to stumble through dense text just to get info on a new product!…

Standardized interface language

…So how can we do this? I have found that creating a spreadsheet or list of all your interface language and sharing that with your design team is a great way to maintain a sitewide standard….

Support tools

Sometimes though, simplified language is not enough. When we pair icons and text, we increase the speed at which recognition happens. It is an attempt to build a common language, one that is less dependent on English comprehension. But this is easier said than done. Look at these icons in Chinese mobile apps, and try to figure out how many you recognize.

 

Non-native speakers of English often need a little extra help to get through English web interfaces. That is OK. If they are a significant part of your customer base, these are some simple ways to support them, making a more powerful online experience possible. Aligning your readability level with your users’ reading comprehension level, standardizing your interface, and expanding the range of help options available to users are all things you can do now—you don’t need to wait until the future when you have the time and money for a complete overhaul of your content. By planning and delivering these discrete steps, you can do a lot right now to help all your users, whether they are native speakers or not.

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Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo And Others Push For Accessibility Development – ReadWrite

 


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Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo And Others Push For Accessibility Development
ReadWrite
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) approaches, a new group has formed to champion the cause of development for accessibility. Several educators and tech companies have joined forces in an effort dubbed Teaching …

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Complete story at source: http://readwrite.com/2015/07/25/teaching-accessibility-disabilities-technology

W3C Web Accessibility Initiative: 2014 in review


As the end of another busy year approaches, it’s worth looking back at the year that was and the significant contributions WAI has made. With celebrations relating to the 25th anniversary of the WWW and the 20th anniversary of the W3C, there has been much opportunity for reflection, and there have been some more localised celebrations for my home city of Perth, Australia as well.

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Complete story at source: Access iQ http://www.accessiq.org/news/w3c-column/2014/12/w3c-web-accessibility-initiative-2014-in-review