Even Grounds Blog
In this blog, I will reflect on issues which effect the accessibility of technology. I would like to bring certain issues to my readers attention which are either interesting, directly effect our lives, or bring issues into our attention which we would have never thought of.
Tom Babinszki, Director of Even Grounds
You’ve uploaded an awesome video to YouTube. You found a very good opportunity to talk about it in a conference, and you are happy because most of the people like it too. But you notice a particular group who couldn’t quite agree with you.
You find out that the group consisted of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. Thinking for a few minutes, you realized that although deaf people could see the video, they can’t hear the audio, which incidentally plays a major part in the video’s excellence.
What are you going to do then? Well, if you truly value your efforts and would like everyone to enjoy what you did, you would provide captions for your video.
Captions in your YouTube video are very helpful to your viewers. This feature enables persons with hearing impairments to understand the spoken parts of your video. Captions also help hearing people who prefer reading content instead of listening to it, and those who wish to learn a new language.
Here are the steps in captioning your videos in YouTube. You may be surprised that this seemingly complex task only involves common web browsing procedures, not to mention it would also greatly enhance the accessibility of your video content.
You probably saw this coming around, didn’t you? Accessible web sites, movies, videos, and now, pornography!
We here at Even Grounds strongly believe in making entertainment accessible, and yes, this includes forms of entertainment that may be a bit “excitingly erotic”, if we may say so.
It’s amazing how a software application can change the lives of people who are blind or have visual impairments. But this is exactly what screen readers do. These programs provide blind and visually impaired people a way to use a commodity which sighted people often take for granted – the computer.
Yet as useful and life-changing as they are, screen readers can be very very costly. If you want to purchase one of the screen readers in the market, you should be ready to spend hundreds even thousands of dollars. But there, however, is a free alternative screen reader known as NVDA. Let us take a look at what NVDA is and what makes it unique from other screen readers.
In Benefits of Audio Transcription to Accessibility, I told you about the advantages of providing text transcripts of your site’s audio content. Now, let us take a look at when you should actually create text transcripts for your audio files. This also applies to video content in your site.
Just recently, Apple has released the iPad. The iPad is a mobile tablet computer that has wi-fi, 3G, media player, and other featured applications. Since its release, a lot of people have wanted to get their hands on this new device. People with disabilities, one of Apple’s most loyal markets, of course want to join in the fun too. The first question that comes into mind though, is iPad accessibility.
But how accessible is the iPad for persons with disabilities anyway? Below we take a look at what the iPad has in store for specific disability groups when it comes to accessibility.
The Asian region is certainly becoming a driving force in promoting web accessibility in its countries and around the world. A nation that best exemplifies this is Korea. Apart from being a developed country whose economy is one of the largest in Asia, Korea has also made significant progress in terms of providing web access to its disabled communities.
Here, we will take a look at Korea’s web accessibility guidelines, and the groups in Korea that advocate web accessibility. We will also look at the Korean laws and regulations focused on web accessibility.
Talk to someone about disabilities and I can assure you that normally, that person would at once think of wheelchair users or blind people. But although these are major disability groups, there is also one group which is less recognized yet is as equally significant as the ones mentioned above.
This group consists of persons with cognitive disabilities. People who have this type of disabilities have limitations in their ability to perceive, recognize, understand, and/or respond to information.
Here, we will provide you with a close look at someone who has this disability, the challenges he faces, and how he uses technology to lead a productive and independent life.
In The Fear of Making Web Sites Accessible, I asked you what held you back from improving your site’s accessibility. I received many excellent responses in the comment section, and I do hope you can check it out if you haven’t done so.
Here, I’ve compiled five fears which I’ve heard from people over the months and have included the ways to overcome them. You may or may not have these fears, but I can assure you that you’ll find something of interest in the discussions below.
A few days ago, I was observing the tasks and chores my friends and I were doing. I wasn’t particularly thinking of accessibility at that time, but an interesting thought came to me.
Web accessibility has many similarities with the activities we carry out from time to time.
Below I’d like to share some of the analysis I’ve come up and hopefully provide you with a different look at making your website accessible.
Having a disability can truly affect many aspects of a person’s life. But try to ask yourself this: What if you had, not one, but two disabilities? You may probably think to yourself, “I’d most likely just stay at home and have someone to take care of me 24/7.”
You are not the only one having this opinion, as many people would think of the same thing. But let us read on and find out if this would really be the case.