The VizWiz app for the iPhone is humanising technology at its best. It’s a remarkable fusion of social networking and innovative technology. Blind and partially sighted people can take a picture of an object, voice record a question about the object, and send it out into the ether for identification.
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How do you detect a screen reader?
The short answer is that you can’t. At the time of writing there isn’t a way to reliably detect whether someone visiting your site is using a screen reader (or screen magnifier). You might have heard that Flash will do the trick, but that might not be quite the solution you’re expecting.
How to create accessible charts
In this article, Dan Stringer explores how he overcame the challenge of creating accessible charts for a recent project.
Accessible Tabs - Part 2: The Solution
As we saw in Accessible Tabs Part 1 - The Problem, there are several accessibility issues with tabs created for the web compared to those created for use in software applications. Tabs on the web should ideally replicate the functionality used in applications, so they are more intuitive for everyone. In this article we will look at three existing scripts for creating accessible tabs.
Accessible Tabs - Part 1: The Problem
Multi-lingual Website Accessibility - 7 Tips and Techniques
If you've ever worked on or built a multi-lingual website you will know there are a million and one things to keep in mind. Sorting out domain names, web server configuration, URL structure, page layout and the translation of content are likely to be high on your 'to do' list. With all that keeping you busy, meeting the accessibility requirements for your website may slip to the bottom of the pile. This shouldn't be the case as making your multi-lingual website accessible is easy to achieve.
What are web captions?
Captions make a huge difference to deaf and hard of hearing people who access video on the web. Providing real time translation of dialogue and sound effects into text format also provides a much wider group of people with a more engaging experience.
Techshare is a series of events hosted by RNIB, that focus on digital technology and people with disabilities. People from around the world gather to present their ideas on web and mobile platforms, access technologies, digital content and much more. We presented a case study with BSkyB, and had a wonderful time meeting with people and listening to other presentations.
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