I’m scheduled to do a presentation with Dennis Lebree, the developer of accessibletwitter.com at the:
25th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
March 22-27, 2010
Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Diego, CA
See CSUN Center on Disabilities for registration info. Hope to see you all there!
I’m also doing a presentation about managing www.csun.edu and what we are doing to make things more usable and accessible on a site with 175,000+ active pages and over a million objects.
• Session ID: WEB-2014
• Title: Accessibility of Twitter for Mobile, Desktop and Web
• Speakers: Dennis Lembree, Joseph O’Connor
• Starting: Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 08:00 AM
• Ending: Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 09:00 AM
• Location: Emma AB
• Session ID: WEB-1006
• Title: CSUN Web Environment Improvement Project: Accessibility One Link at a Time
• Speakers: Joseph O’Connor, Kimon Rethis
• Starting: Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 10:40 AM
• Ending: Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 11:40 AM
• Location: Emma AB
CSUN Manager University Web Communications
Since David did such a great job of reviewing the candidates’ Websites and in response Obama’s team actually fixed some things on their site, I thought I would review the brand new www.whitehouse.gov site that went live on the 20th.
You can read my comments on everything from use of images to multimedia here: www.patriciarees.com/whitehouse/
I’m going to send them my review, since the site asks for accessibility comments and help. Hopefully they can be as responsive as the campaign Website team was.
Web Video One Of Many Services Provided For Customers With Disabilities
By: PR Newswire
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., July 21 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless, the wireless industry leader in customer-friendly policies, announced that the company now offers information about its Nationwide Messaging plans in online videos in American Sign Language (ASL) to better serve customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Continue reading
A new text-to-speech (TTS) conversion service could help to significantly improve website accessibility and help businesses make the most of their text-based assets.
This is according to UK firm Textic, whose Talklets Web 2.0 offering is unlike similar solutions in that it is the first TTS application to make use of a commercial software as a service platform. Continue reading
Since the blog article was published, we got some feedback and reactions from the web community as well as the Barack Obama camp. They fixed the video caption page. Well… issues of accessibility remain:
- Why “ghettoize” or create a “digital divide” on the video page, and why can’t the videos be captioned (or have an option to turn on captioning) already? This is synonymous to a “text-only” page.
- Why Lightbox? It is NOT accessible!
- Also, when the script is turned off, so is the capability to access the videos.
- And, when the style is disabled, the links to the video player disappear.