Topic: accessibility

Microsoft launches new lab for building inclusive tech, unveils new adaptive accessories

Microsoft has been putting a lot of effort into building more inclusive solutions for all of its users over the past few years, and at its Microsoft Ability Summit, it announced new updates on that front.  It has launched the Inclusive Tech Lab, which is a successor to a lab that was created by the … continue reading

Inclusive user testing – and empathy – are core to inclusive design

Even before the pandemic, so much of our daily lives had become digital. Instead of meeting up in person, we’ve moved to FaceTime and Webex. Rather than go to a movie, we streamed the latest films at home. We moved our banking and food shopping online.  Today’s digital work surely rivals the physical world – … continue reading

Mabl incorporates automated accessibility testing

Test automation company mabl has announced that it is extending its testing platform to incorporate accessibility testing. The new testing capabilities are now in beta and will enable teams to identify and resolve accessibility issues before they reach end users. According to mabl, accessibility is more important than ever, both because of increased digital experiences … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Accessibility Insights

Accessibility Insights is an open source project created by Microsoft aimed at helping developers build more accessible software.  It was created internally at Microsoft and then released as an open source solution in 2019.  “We were motivated by Microsoft’s mission to ‘empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.’ We realized … continue reading

Global Accessibility Awareness Day highlights need for developer education

In 2020, WebAIM released a report that revealed 98.1% of web pages had at least one failure to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Today, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and being aware of—and acting on—accessibility issues as a developer is more important than ever if that percentage is … continue reading

Digital accessibility lawsuits rose after COVID lockdowns

Digital accessibility lawsuits increased by 23% in 2020

This year, a large number of businesses added new stores, websites, and digital content to serve their customers, but accessibility initiatives did not keep up. In 2020 the number of digital accessibility lawsuits increased by 23%, amounting to almost 10 lawsuits everyday, according to a new report from UsableNet, a digital accessibility company. In addition … continue reading

premium Why accessible experiments matter

For software development teams, moving fast is key. But so is the confidence that you’re building the right thing in the first place. To reduce uncertainty, product and engineering teams are running more experiments across websites, apps, and every level of the stack to gain valuable data and real user feedback, enabling them to deliver … continue reading

IBM releases the Equal Access Toolkit for developers

Ahead of this week’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day, IBM is releasing an open-source Equal Access Toolkit and Accessibility Checker to help developers and testers easily embed accessibility into their workflows. “Although nearly 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. face some type of disability, an industry sample has found that in 2020 over 98 percent … continue reading

UNICEF and Red Hat work to bring Internet connectivity to those without

While it may seem like most of the world is going through a digital transformation, there are still many people without basic access to the Internet. The International Telecommunication Union found about 3.7 billion people remain unconnected. Additionally, 29 percent of 18 to 24 year olds (mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa) do not have access to … continue reading

premium Getting started on the accessibility track

As the nature of websites and applications has grown and evolved, we have been forced to address more complex issues as part of the development process – privacy, security, and performance among them. The next important topic we need to take more seriously is accessibility – the design of digital products or services for people … continue reading

GSCXScanner aims to reduce iOS accessibility issues

Google is always trying to create new ways to improve accessibility issues with technology. This time, they are lending a hand to app developers by launching a new open-source project called Accessibility Scanner for iOS, otherwise known as GSCXScanner. GSCXScanner aims to help developers located and fix accessibility issues within apps during the development lifecycle. … continue reading

Caltech develops a new headset to help blind people navigate their surroundings

Caltech is using mixed reality to improve the lives of blind people. New research combines augmented reality with computer vision algorithms that will allow developers to build software that will enable objects to “talk.” The headset, CARA (Cognitive Augmented Reality Assistant), is designed to translate the visual world into English audio. The researchers believe that … continue reading

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