Friday, March 13, 2009

Accessible Internet

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Accessibility and Learning Theories
By Martyn Cooper.
"...The paper seeks to review the interrelation between accessibility and
learning theory as it relates to eLearning. Here I give some key points from
the paper for comment if you wish..."

IMS AccessForAll Meta-data Specification
By Inovation Adoption Learning (ISM) Consortium.
"The AccessForAll Meta-data specification is intended to make it possible to
identify resources that match a user's stated preferences or needs. These
preferences or needs would be declared using the IMS Learner Information
Package Accessibility for LIP specification. The needs and preferences
addressed include the need or preference for alternative presentations of
resources, alternative methods of controlling resources, alternative
equivalents to the resources themselves and enhancements or supports required
by the user. The specification provides a common language for identifying and
describing the primary or default resource and equivalent alternatives for that

Captioning Video with 'World Caption'
By University of Wisconsin.
"World Caption is a program for adding captions to a QuickTime compatible
video, using a transcript of that video. While World Caption cannot be used to
generate a transcript, it makes the process of synchronizing a transcript to
video simple, and allows quick and easy generation of captions."

No Fuss Accessibility
By Antonio DaSilva.
"This article describes how you can quickly and easily create documents with
enhanced accessibility options for vision-impaired users using Microsoft Word
and Adobe Acrobat..."

By Markku (Mark) Hakkinen.
"The section on the alt attribute in the current HTML5 working draft that
begins with 'What an img element represents depends on the src attribute and
the alt attribute' really seems to miss the point. This is the semantic Web
era, correct? Isn't the conditional logic of the current draft really trying
to affix a meaning or purpose to an image in all the wrong ways? Ambiguity is
not the way..."

By William Loughborough.
"...Are people who provide materials for the Web, but ignore the 'everyone'
part ('after all, I'm not writing this for blind people') bigots, or just
uninformed, but well-meaning?..."

Does Your Grandfather Surf the Web?
By William Loughborough.
"...Dismissing old folks as pitiful fools is a poor plan for the continued
growth towards universal connection."

Web Accessibility as a Political Movement
By David Baron.
"...I think the attitude that evil Web authors need to be forced to care about
accessibility leads to technically worse solutions that require more work for
authors and leave the Web less accessible to disabled users as a result..."

Web Accessibility as a Political Movement IRC Discussion
By Karl Dubost and others.
"hmmm not sure I 100% agree with david..."

Is Web Accessibility a Human Rights Issue?
By Wendy Chisholm.
"It's important for us to recognize each other's concerns. On the one hand we
have technologists who want to create things to help make the world better?help
people communicate more richly and quickly, to create technologies for
self-expression and commerce. Rock on. We want you to innovate because you're
changing the world. On the other hand we have people who want to use the
technologies and to participate in society. When the technologists say, 'Don't
make me think about accessibility, I want to be innovative.' The response from
people with disabilities can be hostile because the message from the
technologists is, 'I do not value you enough to include you in my innovation.'"

The Electronic Curb-Cut Effect
By Steve Jacobs.
"Unusual things happen when products are designed to be accessible by people
with disabilities..."

Understanding the Effects of Cognitive Disorders: Parts 1 -3
By Kyle Lamson.
"On the baseline, cognitive disorders are about the brain and problems
understanding things. So there is no easy fix like slapping an alt attribute in
code, increasing color contrast and we will not understand something whether
written or read in a screenreader, using flexible widths where the content
paragraphs are to long can even cause more trouble for us even though free
flexing sizes are considered accessible..."

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