January 7, 2003
Call for action over Communications Bill
The RNIB is calling on people to take part in a mass lobby at Westminster on the subject of the Communications Bill to ensure that blind, partially sighted and other disabled people are not excluded from access to digital TV, digital radio and telephone services.
The Lobby has been called by RNIB and is supported by the National Federation of the Blind, the National League of the Blind and Disabled, British Computer Association of the Blind, ABAPSTAS, NALSVI and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
For more information, you can get in touch with RNIB Campaigns on 020 7391 2123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will give you all the information you need.
Accessify article on SitePoint
The feature on this site ‘Better Accessible Forms‘ has now been syndicated to SitePoint under the title ‘Build Accessible Online Forms‘.
One for the teachers
Accessible Web Pages: Advice for Educators is a tame, simple introduction for teachers in higher education that need to get up to speed about web accessibility.
“As educators, we need to be dedicated to providing the best experiences we can for all of our students. When it comes to technology, a strong commitment to accessibility must be our goal. The tools and assistance we need are readily available. The rest is up to us. “
Side-stepping section 508 on plastic purchases
The US Federal Government has extended a rule that allows governmental purchases of software that may not be Section 508-compliant for another 22 months. The rule was introduced to enable ‘micropurchases’ - any software purchases under $2,500 - on credit cards as it was deemed too difficult or lengthy a process to identify whether small purchases such as this were complaint. For larger purchases, US governmental departments do still need to satisfy the Section 508 requirements. The extension of the rules means that credit card purchases for potentially non-compliant software will continue until October 1, 2004.
January 6, 2003
Welcome back everyone, hopefully you are all now well fed, well lubricated, and ready for a brand new year.
Well, Joe Clark’s Book “Building Accessible Websites” is out now, and even though it featured prominently on my Christmas list, alas it was not bought for me. It seems to have been pushed aside in favour of music CDs, DVDs and chocolate (not that I’m complaining)!
Follow Joe’s interesting book writing journey via his weblog: http://www.joeclark.org/bookblog/
January 3, 2003
It’s the start of a new year and with this a new phase for Accessify - it’s no longer in Beta! So, we can say goodbye to that kludgy header graphic for good, heh.
I initially registered the domain name because I need something, somewhere to bring together all the accessibility tools and widgets that I’d developed to make my life easier when developing web pages (and obviously to help share these tools with you). From that, the site structure grew to become an all-round resource - one that I find difficult to keep up-to-date at times, if I’m completely honest!
What can you expect now that Accessify is ‘officially’ live? Well, more of the same:
It’s been great so far - and with the fantastic support that I’ve had over the last six weeks since the beta version began, things can only get better.