Accessibility Update 13th June, 2017

Accessibility News
Lot has been happening in the recent past. Here is a quick update: Global Accessibility Awareness Day was marked really well across the world. There were a lot of in-person and virtual events. W3C has published an updated version of Web Accessibility Laws and Policies. Now it has filters and table of contents; more easy to use On 6th June, 2017, Digital Publishing Accessibility API mapping 1.0 has become candid recommendation of W3C. Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) group of W3C has published First Public Working Draft of Personalisation Semantics 1.0 The Paciellog Group has hosted yet another successful Inclusive Design 24 - a 24 hours Free online Accessibility Summit; great talks! Inclusive Design Principals were launched by The Paciello Group NASSCOM Foundation has launched Inclusion Portal BarrierBreak has launched CSS…
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Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0 First Public Working Draft is now available

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Accessibility Testing is critical for ensuring accessibility of any product. Similar to any other testing e.g. performance, functional etc., quality is an essential component for accessibility testing too! Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published First Public Working Draft of Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0 and accepting comments and feedback by 5th May, 2017. As the size and complexity of web development is growing, it's essential to have adequate tools to automate accessibility testing. To make rules universal, there needs a standard specification. That is what ACT Rules format aims to address. About the ACT framework There are currently many products available which aid their users in testing web content for conformance to accessibility standards such as WCAG 2.0. As the web develops and grows in both size and…
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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 First Public Working Draft has been published – have your say!

Accessibility News, Web Accessibility
It was in 2008, Web Accessibility Initiative Group of W3C has announced Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as a candid recommendation. Since then, there has beena lot of of improvements and changes in technologies. For more than a year now, Accessibility Guidelines Working Group have been working hard to introduce extended version of WCAG 2.0; as part of this effort, task forces have formed to work on needs of mobile, cognitive and low vision users. Yesterday, Working Group has published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 First Public Working Draft to see feedback from users across the world. There are 28 new success criterias in WCAG 2.1; in which 3 have been formally approved by the working group; others are in proposed states. Three new success criterias that got accepted…
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Twitter Campaign to support #PasstheRPDBill

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Thanks to NCPEDP and Mr. Javed Abidi for putting this together. It's important that The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill gets passed soon to make lives of people with disabilities more independent and make India more inclusive. Here are the details: Please join the Twitter Campaign on Monday, 12th December from 3 to 6 pm for the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill (RPWD Bill) Here's what you need to do - 1. Get online on Twitter on Monday, 12th December from 3 to 6 pm. The idea is to tweet about the Bill widely and make #PassRPWDBill trend. Whenever anything trends on Twitter, the media automatically picks it up. 2. A few tweets have been created already (given below). Use these or create your own.…
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Accessibility related events in October

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Here are a few accessibility events that I have / going to participate during October. Accessibility Week at Intuit India: Thanks to leadership, team of Special Needs and Abilities Network (SNAN) of Intuit and of course our good friend Ted Drake for having invited me to be part of a panel discussing about "Journey and challenges in the space of accessibility" with co-panelists Nirmita of Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and Vishwajit of Intuit. Panel discussion received incredibly great response. As part of their Accessibility Week, Intuit has also set up a few experience zones including one by GiftAbled and Intuit's own Ability Cube Bangalore Accessibility Dinner: This is sponsored by Intuit; it was wonderful evening meeting with a few very old friends and making a few new friends.…
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Launch of Sugamya Pusthakalaya (Accessible Online Library) in India

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24th September, 2016 marks a historic milestone for people with print disabilities in India. DAISY India, in partnership with Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and powered by TCS Access Infinity has launched Sugamya Pustakalaya (Accessible Digital Library) which provides opportunity to blind and print disabled people to have access to wide range of publications including study material, fiction, non-fiction etc., About Sugamya Pustakalaya If you are looking for books accessible to the blind, people with low vision or to persons with any other print disability, this library of libraries is your one-stop shop. Sugamya Pustakalaya is a collaborative effort of several organizations to end the book famine faced by people with print disabilities. Here, you can access books in diverse languages from various libraries across India. We have also…
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WAI‘s Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) seeking inputs for WAI’s new site design

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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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NVDA 2016.2 is released!

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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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Summary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Accessibility News, Web Accessibility
We have posted a few posts to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day and we continue to put in efforts to raise awareness about accessibility. Besides, here is a quick Summary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. At Informatica Informatica has hosted an internal awareness event to its employees. Event includes a presentation on accessibility in general and accessibility at Informatica, an activity to show simpulation of people with disabilities, an activity of how keyboard only users can use the technologies. At Mitra Jyothi Prakat Solutions, Mitra Jyothi Rotary Club of Koramangala has organized an event consist of a video screening and 2 panel discussions. Below is a note put together post the event. 19th, May, 2016 Mitra Jyothi Auditorium, HSR Layout, Bangalore Setting the stage: The GAAD, a collaborative effort of…
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