The accessibility blog contains short pieces of news and
thoughts on accessibility and usability.
Accessibility covers making all of ICT easier to use by people
with disabilities and challenges and how to make peoples lives
easier by the use of ICT.
Deeper examination of product and supplier matters appear in Peter Abrahams publications and articles for Bloor Research.
Please click on the titles to view the blog post:
28 March, 2013: Transport for London Accessible Apps Competition
Transport for London is partnering with OneVoice to promote a competition to improve the variety of accessible apps providing real time travel information in London.
14 March, 2013: Eye Tracking on smart phones and tablets
Eye tracking for smartphones and tablets using built-in camera
11 March, 2013: Technology4Good Awards 2013 Nominations now open
Do you have products, services or volunteers that help people get online and use IT? Apply for the T4G Award.
13 December, 2012: New iMac for 2012 - accessibility features
New design creates a faster sleeker machine with several accessibility benefits built-in.
26 November, 2012: Mind the Gap report available
Mind the Digital Gap: it is bigger than you think is a new strategy for digital inclusion developed by AbilityNet
15 November, 2012: Training for Web Accessibility
New course introduces Web Accessibility simply, quickly and inexpensively.
12 September, 2012: What did the Paralympics teach us?
Will the paralympics create a drive for more accessible ICT?
13 August, 2012: Universally Accessible PDF standard, PDF/UA, is now available
The ISO standard describes how to make PDF universally accessible, improving access for users with vision impairment and many other users.
02 July, 2012: Subtitles should be promoted to all users
Subtitles (captioning) on videos is designed to help people with hearing impairments but it can benefit most users and should be promoted as such.
06 February, 2012: Android: Ice Cream Sandwich Accessibliity
Android 4 has a built in screen reader. It is a major step forward but is not nearly enough
28 November, 2011: The accessibility bugs project - good start, more to do
The a11y bugs project aims to put pressure on browser developers to provide consistent and useful accessibility features.
21 November, 2011: Inaccessibility of mobile apps and ebooks
Mobile platforms can be accessible but that is of limited use if the apps that run on them are not
15 November, 2011: Animated gifs are a turn off
Animation should be used with great caution, it can be dangerous but more commonly it will drive visitors away.
07 July, 2011: OneVoice announced a major web accessibility initiative at e-access 11
OneVoice announced 'The First Seven Steps to Accessible Websites' at e-access 11 to help web owners start the accessibility journey.
20 June, 2011: OneVoice Initiative to be Announced at e-access 11
OneVoice will announce 'The First Seven Steps to Accessible Websites' initiative at e-access 11 on 28 June.
10 June, 2011: 250 Good News Stories at T4G Award Ceremony
Technology For Good (T4G), organised by AbilityNet, showcased how technology can be used to support people who are excluded, disabled or disadvantaged
23 May, 2011: e-Access 11, 28 June, is only a month away
This is an event not to miss if you have an interest in e-accessibility.
17 May, 2011: National Digital 11 conference - digital by default, accessible by default
9 million off-liners enticed online by cost, access, skills and motivation. Martha Lane Fox apologises.
21 April, 2011: The FT Bowen Craggs Web Effectiveness Index includes accessibility checks
To measure the effectiveness of corporate web sites Bowen Cragg now includes checks for accessibility for people with disabilities.
06 April, 2011: Accessible PDF draft standard out for Public Comment
PDF/UA draft standard ISO 14298 open for BSI public comment