WAI‘s Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) seeking inputs for WAI’s new site design

Accessibility News
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAi) of World Wide Web Consortium is one stop for all resources including guidelines, techniques, checklists, examples related to web accessibility. Education and Outreach Working Group is seeking inputs from community to work on re-design of WAI's website. The Survey with 57 questions asks very interesting input including what is needed for user's job requirement and what would we like to see on WAI's website. I have just completed the survey and highly encourage everyone to do so. Email from Sharron Rush Co-Chair of EOWG is quoted below: Greetings all, The EOWG has created a Task Force to re-design the WAI web site. Our first challenge is understanding who we are building this for. If you would like to contribute your data to the construction of a…
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Accessibility Review: Jobs for People with Disabilities portal by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India

Accessibility Reviews
Noticed that Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India has launched Job Portal for people with disabilities; which would aim to become a great portal for job seekers with disabilities, employers and training institutes. This is certainly a great initiative although I personally prefer to embed people with disabilities with mainstream job portal but this initiative certainly helps. As an accessibility enthusiast, I wanted to look up the portal from accessibility prospective and below are my findings. Though I'm disturbed to see claim that this website is complied with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA; while it's actually not. That said, I hope department will work with their developers and get the issues fixed. Disclaimer: This post is not to criticize the…
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Should websites include Accessibility Options? May be and may be not…

Accessibility Tips
In 2013, posted about Accessibility options and Browser Accessibility options and still I see concept of including accessibility is still exist in the minds of web authors. So wanted to reiterate as to why we do not recommend accessibility options embed on to the website. I still agree that having such options like Increase Font size, decrease font size, change contrast icons may be helpful but for only a few users and not to many. Some of the problems occurs by using these options are: Increases development cost: Specially for options like Change contrast, it involves writing additional style sheets and that's a huge investment. Also one needs to worry about things like what happens to images when contrast is changed, etc.,? Less usage: When user comes to a website,…
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NVDA 2016.2 is released!

Accessibility News
Our favorite screen reader NVDA - a free and open source screen reader has just announced it's newest version 2016.2! Highlights of this version as mentioned on the release blog post: Highlights of this release include the ability to indicate spelling errors while typing; support for reporting grammar errors in Microsoft Word; and improvements and fixes to Microsoft Office support. It's heartening to learn that NVDA is being used by 10s of thousands of users spanning around 120 countries. Efforts of NV Access team are indeed commendable and deserves a great support and contribution. Users can update to the new version either via update dialog of NVDA or by visiting NVDA Download page As always, Thank you Jamie and everyone behind NVDA for wonderful work!
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W3C elects new advisory board.

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World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has just announced it's new advisory board who plays a key role in providing guidance to the team on strategy, legal matters, conflict resolutions etc., The W3C Advisory Committee has filled five open seats on the W3C Advisory Board. Created in 1998, the Advisory Board provides guidance to the Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. Beginning 1 July 2016, the nine Advisory Board participants are Tantek Çelik (Mozilla), Michael Champion (Microsoft), Virginie Galindo (Gemalto), Jay (Junichi) Kishigami (NTT), Charles McCathie Nevile (Yandex), David Singer (Apple), Léonie Watson (The Paciello Group), Chris Wilson (Google) and Judy Zhu (Alibaba). Many thanks to Soohong Daniel Park (Samsung Electronics), whose term ends this month. Read more about the Advisory Board. And I would…
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