IBM Building Accessible Multimedia Browser

IBM, a company which has long had a strong commitment to accessibility, is in the final stages of developing a new accessible web browsing product with a focus on multimedia. From “IBM Helps Blind ‘See’ Video, BBC News: Using the A-Browser, a vision-impaired person can control media content by using predefined shortcut keys, rather than having to look for the control buttons using a mouse. The browser also allows video to be slowed down, speeded up and can accommodate an […]

What is Web Universality?

The idea that the web can be universally accessed is sometimes called universality. It essentially means that information online can be accessed (not necessarily used or understood) via whatever devices or access tool a user has available to them, regardless of bandwidth; older devices; mobile devices; non-visual devices. No element of the online document should depend entirely on a medium: they should make allowances for alternate means of access. In principal, this concept relates very closely to web accessibility. Part […]

Choosing an Accessible CMS

Joshue O Connor wrote up a very helpful guide to the back-end accessibility of 10 content management systems at Juicy Studios. The goal of the article, Choosing an Accessible CMS, was to identify a CMS with a highly accessible back end which would allow users with disabilities and minimal HTML knowledge to maintain a website. This isn’t a highly scientific, detailed set of user trials for the content management systems — but the study certainly gives a general sense of […]

Easy PHP Photo Gallery

Updated 2/6/2010 — Read more below! There are a lot of PHP photo gallery scripts out there. I know; because I went looking for one some time ago, and found myself barraged with Javascript, AJAX, and complicated installations. I didn’t want any of those things, so in the end I just wrote one for myself — and this is the end result. Download the ZIP package. It’s not a complicated script, and it doesn’t do a whole lot for you: […]

Think like a human; code like a computer

Writing a website is a complex task. The website needs to cater to the very human needs of it’s visitors, but also requires a certain amount of consideration for it’s non-human visitors: web browsers of all sorts, search engine spiders, or any piece of software which gathers information from the internet. These two aspects can’t easily be separated: humans are using computers to interface with your web-based information, so the information received by your visitor is biased by the device […]

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