Ensuring Digital Accessibility through Process and Policy by Jonathan Lazar, Daniel F. Goldstein, Anne Taylor

By Jonathan Lazar, Daniel F. Goldstein, Anne Taylor

Ensuring electronic Accessibility via strategy and Policy offers readers with a must have source to electronic accessibility from either a technical and coverage viewpoint. Inaccessible electronic interfaces and content material usually result in kinds of societal discrimination that could be unlawful below a variety of legislation. This e-book is exclusive in that it presents a multi-disciplinary realizing of electronic accessibility. The e-book discusses the heritage of obtainable computing, an realizing of why electronic accessibility is socially and legally very important, and gives either technical info (interface criteria, review tools) and criminal info (laws, complaints, and regulations). The ebook offers real-world examples all through, highlighting firms which are doing a good task with delivering equivalent entry to electronic details for individuals with disabilities. This isn’t a e-book strictly approximately interface layout, neither is it a ebook strictly approximately legislation. for those who are charged with imposing obtainable expertise and content material, this e-book will function a one-stop consultant to knowing electronic accessibility, delivering an outline of present legislation, laws, technical criteria, review innovations, in addition to most sensible practices and recommendations for enforcing strategies and tracking for compliance.

This blend of talents from the 3 authors—law, technical, and examine, with event in either company, govt, and academic settings, is exclusive to this e-book, and doesn't exist in the other publication approximately any point of IT accessibility. The authors’ mix of abilities marks a distinct and precious standpoint, and gives insider wisdom on present top practices, company regulations, and technical directions. jointly, we will make sure that the realm of electronic info is open to all users.

  • Learn concerning the societal and organizational advantages of creating details expertise obtainable for individuals with disabilities
  • Understand the interface guidance, accessibility evaluate tools, and compliance tracking innovations, had to verify obtainable content material and expertise.
  • Understand many of the legislation and rules that require obtainable technology
  • Learn from case experiences of enterprises which are effectively enforcing accessibility of their applied sciences and electronic content

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Apple took a giant leap forward by adding support for refreshable Braille displays with the release of the iPhone 4. Over time, Apple has added many other accessibility features, such as hearing aid support and “made for iPhone” hearing aids, magnification and contrast tools, vibration alerts, and Guided Access. As of the date of this publication, the only major platform that does not provide Braille support is the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform. Given the availability of Braille support in the rest of the mobile market, it seems likely that Microsoft eventually will add Braille support because of market demands.

This kind of cost barrier put accessible cell phones out of reach for many blind individuals, so the impact of the availability of a smartphone that was accessible out of the box is hard to overestimate. Today, the blind no longer have to worry too much about touch screen compatible products being inaccessible. Most of the major companies that drive such devices, including Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, have followed Apple’s lead and implemented accessible touch screen interfaces on their products.

SUMMARY Many people do not realize that the technologies they use on a daily basis originally were designed as access technologies for people with disabilities. Yet access technologies and accessibility features do benefit all users. Not only do most people experience some form of disability in their lives, but even people without disabilities find themselves in situations in which they temporarily cannot look at a display screen (while driving a car), cannot hear a TV (in a noisy airport or bar), or cannot References interact with technology using their hands and fingers (while driving or holding a baby).

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