The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has established a Mobile Accessibility Task Force to develop more specific guidance on mobile accessibility related to WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and UAAG (User Agent Accessibility Guidelines).
The Mobile Accessibility Task Force expects to:
develop design guidance or mobile web accessibility best practices
review existing resources, including those outside of W3C
The Task Force seeks to bring together individuals and organizations to contribute to this W3C/WAI work.
Active participation in the Task Force takes about 4 hours per week, including teleconferences.
Participation is through either the WCAG Working Group or the UAAG Working Group.
Many years ago, when I was working for state government, I wrote an article for civic.com (now Federal Computer Week), titled "Make the Internet Accessible for All." I discovered today that the article is still online after all those years (14 to be exact). After reading through it, I realized that most of what I wrote back then still applies today (except for my contact information), so I thought I would share the article with my readers and get your feedback.
TalkBack is an Accessibility Service that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices more easily. This application adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback to your device. It is a system application that was pre-installed on most devices and is updated when the accessibility service is improved. TalkBack is available for download at the Google Play Store.
Today Verizon is making an update available to add support for TalkBack to the HTC DROID DNA. After the update, you should be at Version 2.07.605.1 710RD. During the install, it will optimize all the apps on your phone to be more compatible with TalkBack.
Because of the absence of a Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 appropriation, the Access
Board is compelled to "shut-down" its operations. All Access Board employees
have been placed in a furlough status. During the shut-down we will not be
providing the following services:
Complaint processing under the Architectural Barriers Act
Guidelines and standards development
Website maintenance and updates
We will return to work once a continuing resolution or an FY 2014
appropriation has been signed into law.
The U.S. Access Board has redesigned its website,
a leading resource on accessible design. The new site improves navigation so
that the various resources available from the Board are easier to locate and
search through. These include copies of all Board guidelines and standards and
related information, such as companion guides and research reports. Site
content is more clearly organized by subject matter across the different areas
of accessibility addressed by the Board's work. The site also features enhanced
search options and page layouts that improve usability and make related
information easier to access.