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I’m off to ICC the international computer camp for blind students

July 20, 2007

On Sunday I’m off to Finland to lead a couple of workshops in this years ICC camp this is an annual event which shifts around Europe attracting up to 300 visually impaired students from over 30 countries across Two weeks. The first week for 14 to 17 year olds, the second week for 18 to 21s. I’m going along as a member of staff (for the first time) in week one to lead sessions on accessible portable applications, and on running Blogs, not something I know all that much about but hey I’ll be learning too. If you fancy keeping up with the camp then workshop attendees and I will be running a camp Blog at www.ICCcamp.wordpress.com
please comment a plenty so that we all know people are reading.

RNIB host Shawn Henry on whats new in web accessibility

May 29, 2007

I for one will be at this one as Shawn Henry from WAI presents “What’s new, WCAG 2.0, and current issues” congratulations to the WAC team for scooping this one.

open source or standard conformant screenreaders

May 23, 2007

Following on from the previous post:

open source screenreaders was one area in which a number of people expressed interest. There are a number of these around in various states of maturity, se Screenreader comparisons on Wikipedia the one which is currently generating most interest and which in my own experience is quite promising is NVDA (none visual desktop access). However in terms of Web development and conformance testing I’d suggest that Firevox, the screenreader extension for Firefox is possibly the most useful thing out there. It’s user friendly for a start in that it reads the object in focus and nothing more so you’re not left grappling with trying to control the excessive verbage of Jaws, WindowEyes et al and it’s closer to a standards conformant screenreader than anything else out there.

jumping on the band wagon.

November 15, 2006

So I’ve done it, I’m on the band wagon and have started this here Blogg. It’s so time consuming visiting all those other Websites, Discussion boards, and Bloggs out there to put people right that I’ve decided that the only thing to do is to simplify things and let you all come to me. So here it is, an insiders view on “accessibility” (whatever that is).