One of the problems the Internet has introduced is that, in the Electronic Village, all the village idiots have Internet access.
With effect from today, I’m closing this blog down. It’s getting far to difficult to try and maintain 4 separate blogs.
All of the content will remain but I won’t be posting any new material here. I’ll be concentrating on Quirm.net instead.
The Canadian federal government has been ordered to make its websites accessible to visually impaired users.
On November 29 2010, Federal Court Justice, Michael Kelen, gave the government 15 months to update its websites after a blind Toronto woman said she was unable to apply for a public service job online.
All YouTube videos can now include captions created by speech recognition software.
YouTube has been trialling automatic captioning since last November and recently announced the extension of the feature to all videos.
Auto-captioning combines some of the speech-to-text algorithms found in Google’s Voice Search to automatically generate video captions when requested by a viewer,” said a YouTube statement. “
The video owner can also download the auto-generated captions, improve them, and upload the new version …
We are opening up auto-captions to all YouTube users.”
On 26 January 2010, the Federal IT Council (FITC) in Switzerland accepted the changes to P028 Version 2.0 with unanimous consent. As a result of these changes, existing federal websites must meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA by 31 December 2010. New federal websites must meet this conformance level immediately.
The standard itself does not copy the full text of WCAG 2.0 but only the conformance requirements; the other sections of the document are about the scope and the deadlines and contain appendices.
Joe Clark supposedly left the web accessibility sector a while back to concentrate on the Open & Closed Project, But it seems he’s finding the accessibility bug hard to shake off. More recently, he turned his attention to Vancouver2010.com and CTVolympics. After all, there’s something of history where web accessibility and Olympic web sites are concerned.
This has to be one of the funniest articles on the perils of the “bells & whistles” design approach that I’ve ever read.
It’s also bone-chillingly accurate….