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RNIB video shows impact of eBooks for the blind and vision impaired

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the United Kingdom has released a YouTube video that talks about the impact that eBooks and eBook readers have on the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired.

An eBook is an electronic version of a print book that can be read on an eReader, which is a specific device for viewing eBooks, or other portable devices such as tablets and smartphones.

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BBC asks the question: are colourblind gamers left out?

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With one in twenty men and one in two hundred women suffering from some form of colour blindness, a reporter for the BBC has asked the question: are colourblind gamers left out?

The BBC Technology article on gaming for those who are colourblind talks about the difficulties people who are colourblind have when playing mainstream games. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is a prime example of colour being used solely to convey information. In multiplayer mode, teammates are identified by green tags above their heads while enemies have red tags, making it particularly difficult, if not impossible, for people who are colourblind to easily recognise friend from foe.


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US industry group makes standard available for online captioning

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The Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has released to the public a standard which will make it easier for captions on TV programs to be retained when these programs are shown on the Internet.

The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) has applauded SMPTE’s decision, calling it “important and well-timed”. One of the requirements of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in October 2010, is that programs which were captioned when screened on TV must also be captioned when made available online.


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