- Dave Raggett: Speech Enabling Web Browsers, AVIOS/SpeechTek West 2006, 31 January 2006, San Francisco, USA.
- Shadi Abou-Zahra: Improving The Quality Of Web Information Systems By Implementing Accessibility Guidelines keynote, Euro American Conference on Telematics and Information Systems (EATIS 2006), 7 February 2006, Santa Marta, Colombia.
Latest Accessibility News on Accessify
Spotted over at Matt Bailey’s accessibility blog:
The Blind Access Journal is rising up to ask Google to give them access. [...] The Blind Access Journal has created an online petition for users to sign and request that Google come up with an option for their CAPTCHA (Visual Turing Test) or visual word confirmation.
Just a quick note from the rest of the team to say “congratulations” to Ian (founder of Accessify) and Manda, who are getting married today.
Is page source order important to screen reader users? Recently, the idea of placing the informational content of a web page before the navigation has gained some currency. This paper reports on our research into the relevance and importance of page source order, skip links and structural labels for screen reader users.
Read the results of the Source Order, Skip links and Structural labels research carried out by Roger Hudson, Russ Weakley and Lisa Miller, presented at the OZeWAI Conference, 9 December 2005.
Not a legit word, but Accessify is certainly a useful site. From its Tools and Wizards page you can access five free accessibility tools, some of which are available for download, plus even more general web developer tools. Accessify.com has a busy forum where you can get feedback on your site accessibility. It also links you to other great accessibility resources with features, reviews, tutorials and wizards.
A warm welcome to all our new readers.
Web Accessibility Workshops
- Canberra - 14 & 15 February 2006
- Melbourne - 1 & 2 February 2006
These one-day workshops run by Vision Australia, are targeted at web-development team leaders, corporate communications professionals and business managers, along with content authors, web programmers and designers and web contract managers.
They provide a thorough overview of accessibility issues and how to address them. It covers the World Wide Web Consortium’s Content Accessibility Guidelines and their implementation and a consideration of assessment tools and techniques. A basic knowledge of HTML is assumed for the standard workshops but not for the less technical ones.
Further information: Vision Australia: Designing for an Accessible Web - Workshops
Just to let you know that the next MDAWG will be on the 11th January at 6pm at the Manchester Digital Development Agency premises.
The presentation will be from Lawrence Shaw of Sitemorse who have created quite a stir in the accessibility and website testing fields. I know for a fact that some of our luminaries are up for a healthy debate on the nature of automated testing vs human testing so it should be a good session. personally I think it’s a superb way of getting the grey matter moving early in the new year.
For more details see the related MDAWG blog entry.
The @media conference returns in 2006 after an incredibly successful conference in 2005.
This time there are more presentations and panels, spread across two tracks, and more speakers, including Eric Meyer, Dan Cederholm, Dave Shea, Andy Clarke, Jon Hicks, Molly Holzschlag, Tantek �elik, Jeremy Keith, Andy Budd, Roger Johansson, Veerle Pieters, Cameron Moll, Stuart Langridge, Simon Willison, Ian Lloyd, PPK, Patrick Griffiths, Gez Lemon, Patrick Lauke and Robin Christopherson. That’ll do for now, won’t it? More to be announced soon…
To be held at the prestigious QEII conference centre in middle of Westminster, London, this time around @media promises to be an even more lavish affair.
@media, Europe’s foremost professional web design conference, brings together some of the world’s most highly respected web experts to talk about the latest major happenings, best-practice thinking, and cutting-edge techniques in the world of web design.
The presentations and panels will tackle a multitude of aspects of web design, covering topics such as user-interface design, web standards, CSS, DOM scripting, and accessibility.
The multi-track, two day conference schedule is further built upon to provide plenty of valuable networking time and evening activities.
For details see the (very nicely presented) @media 2006 event site.