Category Archives: Standards, guidelines

USB your way to health

There’s now a Personal Healthcare Device Working Group whose purpose is to encourage the development of all kinds of health monitoring devices with USB connectors so that information can be uploaded to PCs and cell phones. Ostensibly this exists to … Continue reading

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Signs of light

A team of Ryukoku University researchers is working on emergency information signs that can glow in the dark in a range of colors, not just traditional blue and green phosphor. Let’s hope they include people with various visual disabilities–including colorblindness … Continue reading

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Color my world

Just in time for the holidays: info on how to make sure your expensive electronic gift doesn’t end up as a couple of paperweights. We applaud the use of color-coding to help make sure Plug A goes correctly into Slot … Continue reading

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Ignoble mobile

A recent British study found that 3/4 of people who could access the Internet on their mobile phone aren’t doing so because of slow page loading, navigation difficulties, and the failure of pages to appear properly in a non-computer format. … Continue reading

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New digital media guidelines

The National Center on Accessible Media (NCAM) has come up with a new set of accessibility guidelines to supplement the WAI Web access guidelines and similar documents. While we wish it had gone a bit further in some areas (e.g., … Continue reading

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OpenDocument Format, the next round

Microsoft has announced they will be releasing free software to translate Office documents into OpenDocument Format. Will this address the Massachusetts accessibility controversy? Stay tuned. Microsoft Office software “translator” praised, faintly

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