Imagine Cup Accessibility winner, WebAnywhere, up for today’s Mellow Award

Jeff Bigham and Professor Richard Ladner, from University of Washington, are in D.C. today for the 2008 Mellon Awards Ceremony. Their project, WebAnywhere, is nominated for an award, which celebrates technology collaboration in higher education, especially benefitting non-profits. WebAnywhere is a wonderful example of how we can apply technology to solve accessibility problems – in…


Prototype of accessible media player for the web

At the TechEd EMEA conference in Barcelona a few weeks ago, during a talk on making web experiences accessible, we gave our first public airing of a video player written in Silverlight which is capable of meeting all of the WCAG 2.0 Time based media Guidelines up to AAA  (assuming a suitable media source). The…


Get quick updates about Microsoft Accessibility on Twitter

We’ve started twittering to share announcements, links to research and technology articles, plus to chit-chat with the Twitter community. The blog will be more expansive & detailed naturally, given that Twitter micro-blogs are limited to 140 characters. <grin>  Follow us https://twitter.com/MSFTEnable


Call for Papers for Accessibility Research Conference, DSAI2009

In June 2009, Microsoft is co-sponsoring the International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2009). The conference is a forum to discuss innovations and research in the accessible technology field. We hope to find synergies between university and industry goals and efforts. I’m on the research paper review committee and we…


Accessibility mention in first reviews of Windows 7

If you don’t know, Windows 7 was demoed and reviewed during last weeks Professional Developers Conference. One of the first reviews by CNET mentions one of the accessibility updates we are working on. Read the Review at CNET. A more complete demo of the expected accessibility updates in Windows 7 will be made at a…


Participate in survey about security features on a web site

The University of Washington is conducted a study about a security feature on web sites. This feature, called “CAPTCHA”  is often used when you are logging onto a web site for the first time and creating a user name and password. The research team is hoping to get responses from a wide-range of people, both those…


New Windows 7 blog

Hello blog-world! A few days ago, Microsoft launched a new blog all about the next version of Windows, Windows 7. The blog is at: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/. Today’s post talks about the organization of the feature teams. If you’re wondering where accessibility fits in, it’s primarily in the User Interface Platform feature team. Happy reading!


Fix if your "Save As Daisy XML" add-on is NOT bringing up the Daisy translation dialog

When I was at the ICCHP disability research conference a few weeks ago, I met a researcher who is evaluating Daisy as a potential example of universal design. However, she told me that the Office Save As Daisy XML add-on was not working properly on her machine. The install went fine, and the “Save As Daisy” menu option was showing…


Winners chosen for Imagine Cup Accessibility!

The Awards ceremony was yesterday, and all the student winners were announced! The onsite 24-hour Interface Design Accessibility winners were Team JivAd, from France. Throughout their analysis of the design problem and their proposed design solution, they thoughtfully incorporated accessibility requirements. They highlighted aspects of their design that would make it easier for people to…