CNET: Why the fate of online accessibility may rest with a Domino’s Pizza lawsuit. “Many websites still aren’t designed and coded so that people with disabilities, ranging from visual to auditory to cognitive, can use them. Americans with disabilities are nearly three times as likely to never go online. They’re also around 20% less likely to have home broadband and own a computer, smartphone or tablet, according to Pew Research Center. The issue is coming to a head thanks to a potential Supreme Court case involving a blind customer and an unlikely defendant: Domino’s Pizza.”
Internet Archive: The Mueller Report – Now with Linked Footnotes and Accessible.. “The Mueller Report, orginally released as a scanned image PDF, is now available as a text-based EPUB document with 747 live footnotes and is conformant with both Web and EPUB accessibility requirements.”
Gizmodo: How to Make Any Smartphone More Accessible and Easier to Use. “We’re not all blessed with 20/20 vision, super-sharp hearing and the dexterity to easily operate a touchscreen—and even for those of us who are, it’s unlikely to last. Whether you’re adapting a phone for yourself or a friend or family member, these are all the ways you can adapt Android and iOS to make them more accessible.”
MuckRock: Release Notes: Introducing Civc Pulse, a new tool for monitoring government websites. “Last week, we saw a lot of progress on our new tool for monitoring government agency websites. Building off data from the MuckRock API, it checks and grades agency web pages on criteria such as privacy, accessibility, and speed.”
How-To Geek: How to Add Accessibility Features to Google Chrome. “If you have trouble reading text on websites, seeing specific colors, or have dyslexia, Google Chrome has accessibility features that can help. You manage them individually through various Chrome extensions available in the Web Store.”
Australian Network on Disability: How to write more accessible social media posts. “In this article, we’ll focus on how you can make your posts more accessible on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We haven’t focused on the accessibility of the platforms themselves; we know that all these platforms are actively working to make the experience more accessible for people with disability. We’ve focused on the steps you can take to ensure people experiencing ongoing, temporary or situational impairment or disability can read your posts and engage with you on their social media platform of choice.” Fairly in-depth, with lots of resources listed. Well done.
Forbes: Hey Siri! Could Virtual Assistants Be The Missing Link In Internet Accessibility?. “How many people start their day by saying ‘Alexa, what’s the weather outside today?’ and end it by saying, ‘Hey Siri! Set an alarm for 6:30 in the morning.’? It is predicted that by 2020, almost half of all internet searches will be done by voice. While Voice User Interface (VUI) is simply more convenient for the majority of its users, it could be absolutely game-changing for the millions of illiterate people across Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.”