Neowin: Microsoft updates Seeing AI, now lets users explore by touch, and more

Neowin: Microsoft updates Seeing AI, now lets users explore by touch, and more . “For starters, users are now able to ‘explore’ photos by simply tapping on an image on their touch screen. The description of the objects included in the image will be read out loud, while the spatial relationship between various such entities will be described as well. Photos taken on the Scene channel, stored in the photo browser, or shared on social media can also now be explored through a menu that will be accessible through other apps.”

Forbes: How Instagram Democracy Is Leaving Accessibility And Inclusiveness Behind

Forbes: How Instagram Democracy Is Leaving Accessibility And Inclusiveness Behind. “Governments and their elected officials have long sought to reach past intermediators like the news media to communicate directly with their constituents. From the party paper to Roosevelt’s fireside chats to today’s social media, politicians in the United States have evolved to make use of the latest technology of the day to speak directly to the nation’s citizenry on their own terms. As the first generation of political leaders made use of social media, their messages were largely textual in form, ensuring they were as accessible to those of all physical abilities as traditional government communications. However, as a new generation of lawmakers are ushering in the ‘Instagram era’ of diplomacy, democracy and statecraft, we are creating a government that is less and less inclusive.”

Wired: Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Wired: Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible. “To be blind on the internet, at its worst, is to be told that you are a liar. ‘Every time I say I’m visually impaired,’ says Casey Greer. ‘someone will try to shut me down, saying “Well then how did you type this comment?!” It feels silly that in 2019, I always have to explain that blind people use and love the internet just as much as anybody else.’ The antidote? YouTube’s thriving community of blind creators, which includes Greer.”

Project Sidewalk: A Web-based Crowdsourcing Tool for Collecting Sidewalk Accessibility Data at Scale (University of Washington)

University of Washington (also a PDF file): Project Sidewalk: A Web-based Crowdsourcing Tool for Collecting Sidewalk Accessibility Data at Scale. “We introduce Project Sidewalk, a new web-based tool that enables online crowd workers to remotely label pedestrian related accessibility problems by virtually walking through city streets in Google Street View. To train, engage, and sustain users, we apply basic game design principles such as interactive onboarding, mission-based tasks, and progress dashboards. In an 18-month deployment study, 797 online users contributed 205,385 labels and audited 2,941 miles of Washington DC streets. “

BBC: Domino’s Pizza app must be accessible to blind people

BBC: Domino’s Pizza app must be accessible to blind people. “Domino’s Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US. It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza’s purchase using the company’s iPhone app.”

Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant. “Most countries provide laws protecting the civil rights of disabled persons for homes, parks, businesses, and educational facilities. What is not universal is website accessibility. The internet provides global access to information, stores, education, financial institutions, audio, and video, but often remains restricted or dependent on assistive devices for millions of people to gain unhindered access. Fortunately, there are standards in place that unifies development and allows the world to use web-based solutions with universally accepted protocols. We know these standards as the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C.”

CogDogBlog: Does Adding Accessibility Features Make the Good Ship Instagram Accessible?

CogDogBlog: Does Adding Accessibility Features Make the Good Ship Instagram Accessible?. “Even before a tl;dr (as if I do them anyhow), I am about as far from a web accessibility expert as my dog. But I’ve taken a curious interest since summer 2018 when Twitter made a big deal of announcing the addition of options to add alternative text to tweeted images. Fire of a few PR statements, get the stories echoed to the pious outlets of EngadgetWiredTechCrunchETC, and call it done. Never mind that adding this to your images means turning ON an option 15th in a list of preferences.”