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…


Accessibility design competition is underway

The Imagine Cup kicked off this week! There are a ton of events happening, with students and judges engaged on in their compeitions. For Accessibility, there was a 24-hour competition, as part of the Interface Design competition. There are 6 teams competiting, from France, Canada, U.S., and China. Surya Vanka is the Interface Design captain,…


Summit on Cyber-Infrastructure for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Last week, I participated in a summit on the technology needs of university students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing (“deaf/HH”). The summit was hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology National Technology Institute of the Deaf. The primary purpose of the summit was to collect input from various stakeholders about communication and learning issues in…


Making AJAX Accessible in ASP.Net Using UpdatePanel

Bertrand Le Roy, a Program Manager on the ASP.Net team, has written a very useful article on DotNetSlackers.com about how to make UpdatePanel, used for AJAX updates in ASP.Net, accessible to screen-readers. 

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The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project

A group of people involved in the field of Web Accessibility has set up a project to honor John Slatin, the former co-chair of the WCAG 2.0 Working Group, and help advance his work in Web Accessibility.  From The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project Web site: The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project matches accessibility experts…

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Inspiration from CSUN’s 23rd Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities

We recently participated (and helped sponsor) the fabulous, annual Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, which is commonly referred to by its hosting university, CSUN. It was a whirl-wind of keynote speeches, presentations on best practices in academia and industry, and networking events. Microsoft’s presentations ranged from announcing test tools for assessing the programmatic…


Remembering John Slatin

John Slatin, the former co-chair of the W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Working Group, passed away Monday night. John had a profound influence on that standard and on the field of Web Accessibility. It was always a pleasure to work with him and he will be missed. 

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University Students: enter the Imagine Cup Accessible Technology contest (open until 5/2/08)

Do you have aspirations to showcase your design skills and creativity? The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a great opportunity to do so! The Cup is for university students around the world. There are various contest categories, such as software, gaming, embedded, and my favorite, Interface Design. Why is it my favorite, you ask? Well, because the…


Want Accessibility Features? Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 has them.

I’ve been waiting for this one.  Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 is out, and it has features that will make it much easier for Web developers to make their pages accessible. The one that’s getting the most buzz is the new support for the WAI-ARIA spec from the W3C. Internet Explorer 8 uses ARIA role,…

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