Topic: accessibility

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

SD Times news digest: Intel acquires Vertex.AI, Google’s hearing aid specification for Android, and Neurala’s AI for Good competition

Intel has acquired deep learning company Vertex.AI into its Artificial Intelligence Product Group. Intel will continue to develop the deep learning framework PlaidML as an open-source project and it will soon transition it to the Apache 2.0 license. According to Intel, a priority of PlaidML will continue to be supporting a variety of hardware. Google … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Apple and Google’s accessibility initiatives, Rackspace acquires RelationEdge, and Theta Labs partners with Play Labs

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day yesterday, Apple announced it will be teaming up with educators from blind and deaf communities across the US to provide accessible coding to their schools. Starting in the fall, schools that support students with vision, hearing, or other assistive needs will teach the Everyone Can Code program for Swift, which … continue reading

Web Accessibility: The effort at Capital One Bank

Web and mobile development focuses on technological inclusiveness, such as across operating systems, browsers and devices. Yet, as organizations become even more digital over time, human accessibility still isn’t getting the attention it should because there’s a general lack of awareness about the issue and how best to address it. Capital One began its journey … continue reading

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