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Open source community and IBM help to improve web accessibility

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IBM and open-source developers such as the Open AjaxAlliance are launching a series of tools and multinational initiatives to assist developers in creating accessible Web 2.0 and mobile device applications.

IBM Research intends to internationally address issues of accessibility such as literacy in India and improved public services in Japan. Another example is that the OpenAjax Alliance (OAA) will open roll out new source tools to help developers test Web 2.0 applications to see how they line up with federal accessibility standards.

Such initiatives hold great potential for people with disabilities, as accessibility in the cloud has the potential to let users set up their access features online, and have those features appear on any device or platform.  

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New Kindle has improved accessibility features

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The new Amazon Kindle e-book reader has been released for pre-order in the United States and has a number of improved accessibility features including spoken menus and a better level of contrast.

It's also significantly smaller and 15% lighter to assist people with mobility impairment.

The new features complement the text-to-speech functionality of the older model of Kindle, meaning that people who are blind or vision impaired can now navigate and have e-books read out to them. There are, however, still issues remaining with whether or not books are enabled to use the text-to-speech features.

The entry-level model of the new Kindle will be released on 27 August 2010 and cost US$139 (AU$155).

 

 

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Drupal CMS provides accessibility resources

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Drupal, an open-source Content Management System (CMS), has released a formal ‘accessibility statement’ outlining how Drupal can be used to create an accessible website.

The Drupal CMS has seen a significant increase in popularity, in part due to the fact that it’s free and in part due to its wealth of features. Although early versions of Drupal had some accessibility options, these features have vastly improved with the latest version.

This announcement cements Drupal as a viable free accessible CMS alternative to other popular free CMS products such as Joomla.

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2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards entries now open

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Entries for the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards are now open. Organised by The Australian Domain Name Administrator (auDA) and Internet NZ, the awards recognise those who continue to make the Internet more secure, open, accessible and diverse for all.

Entries for the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards are now open. Organised by The Australian Domain Name Administrator (auDA) and Internet NZ, the awards recognise those who continue to make the Internet more secure, open, accessible and diverse for all.

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