Shawn Lawton Henry posted this on the TRACE Section 508 list:
"Section 508 and Beyond: Web Accessibility for More People, More
NOTE: this is an all-day session requiring pre-registration.
By integrating accessibility into your web design and development
process you can efficiently create web sites and web applications that
work effectively for more people in more situations. For some, web
accessibility is clearly a requirement (such as under Section 508); for
others, it's just good business.
Join us for hands-on experience of the usability problems encountered by
an aging population and people with disabilities when interacting with
web interfaces - problems also encountered by people without
disabilities in various situations. Learn how to develop visually
appealing, dynamic, interactive web sites without sacrificing
Full details and registration [adaptiveenvironments.org]
Harvey Bingham found this article by Mark Tosczak on Wired News:
Jason Morris uses a trackball to move a cursor across a map of ancient Britain dotted with Roman forts and cities. As he passes over a location, a speech synthesizer pronounces the name -- and will spell it, too, as sometimes the computer's Latin pronunciation isn't up to snuff.
When the cursor passes over land, the sound of horses galloping comes from the computer's speakers. Move it over water and the sound of waves breaking on a beach emanates.
Full story [wired.com]
Judy Brewer of the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative invited members of the WAI-IG mailing list to review the latest draft:
A new Working Draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) is available for your review. WCAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of Web sites for people with disabilities. It applies to a wider range of Web technologies than WCAG 1.0, and is intended to be understandable to a more varied audience.
Call for Review [lists.w3.org]
It is fairly easy to provides examples of the types of problems people with particular impairments have on the Web, and the techniques that can be used to make a site more accessible. But a simple definition; a sentence that sums up what an accessible website is, is not quite such an easy task.
Full article [mcu.org.uk]
Dana Louise Simberkoff announced on the WAI-IG list an upcoming free seminar:
Date: October 22, 2002
5335 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20015
Has your organization developed a strategy for ensuring that your Web
content is accessible to people using assistive technologies? Used together,
Microsoft Content Creation tools, and HiSoftware's accessibility solutions
enable developers and testers to configure, test and then view accessibility
verification, enabling project teams to verify Web site accessibility in
compliance with Section 508 and W3C. Priority 1-3 accessibility
guidelines. These solutions provide organizations with a simple,
cost-effective way to manage accessibility testing within their development
Full Details [hisoftware.com]
Cyndi Rowland of WebAim pointed out this upcoming live satellite event from PBS (the Public Broadcasting System in the U.S.):
PBS Adult Learning Service and DALLAS TeleLearning present a live, interactive, satellite teleconference
CRITICAL CHALLENGES IN DISTANCE EDUCATION:
A.D.A. ISSUES AND REQUIREMENTS
October 17, 2002 - 2:30-4pm ET
For more information or to license online: http://www.pbs.org/als/live
Questions? Call 1-800-257-2578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More details [pbs.org]
Bay area usability and accessibility brainstormer Scott Luebking asked if anyone would be interested in a joint seminar:
As usability professionals have become involved with the 508 issues in the
US, they are beginning to realize how much about the blind community they
are unaware of. Similarly, there is much about the usability community
that blind world is unaware of. A few people in each of these communities
are considering a day long joint seminar in the bay area where each of these
communities can learn about the other.
Interested parties can contact Scott directly.
Original thread [lists.w3.org]
Guest editor Steve Noble is doing a special issue:
Information Technology and Disabilities invites articles for a special issue
to examine public policy issues relating to access to information and
information technology for persons with disabilities. Articles submitted
for this special issue should focus on current and emerging concepts of
individual rights to accessible information and information technology
within public policy, either at the federal or state levels.
The full call for papers [aspanet.org]
Mike Martin reports on how Web accessibility is opening up the Internet for users with disabilities.
Personability, adaptability, scalability, reliability, portability. A lot of Internet technology buzzwords have a common root -- "ability" -- that may seem ironic to one wave of Web surfers because of a glaring omission. People with disabilities advocate buzzword status for "accessibility," a routine concept in the world of brick-and-mortar that is still catching on online.
"Web site accessibility means how easily your Web site can be read by people using other ways of navigating the Web, usually because they have a disability that restricts them from using more common ways," University of Missouri Internet accessibility expert Dr. Scott Standifer told NewsFactor.
Full Story [newsfactor.com]