Practical web accessibility

The mobile web and access potential

It’s an amazing thing to watch how new platforms and devices move from ‘niche developer tool’ to ‘fad’, then ‘trend’ and finally ‘commonplace’. In recent years devices such as netbooks and the iPad, along with platforms such as Google Android, have certainly followed this path. Android in particular seems to have gone from a hobby OS to a dominant mobile platform in about a year. 

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Social web accessibility: the semantic web and RDFa

The evolution of social media has led to a rapid change in the way we perceive the internet. Two-way communication and mobility across a variety of platforms has meant that far more people, including people with disabilities, are now able to collaborate and communicate online. From the W3C’s perspective, important questions needed to be answered:


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Latest Google Chrome (Beta) has voice-to-text capabilities

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Google has announced that the latest version of Google Chrome (Beta) now has voice-to-text capabilities, a feature that will ultimately enable users to input text by speaking into the computer’s microphone rather than use a keyboard.

The newly included HTML speech input API gives developers the ability to include voice-to-text in any webpage (or web app) they are developing. When a user accesses a webpage that uses this feature, you can click on an icon to enable it. You can then speak into your computer’s microphone and the audio (your voice) will be transcribed into text.

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