Hi CSUN Graduates!
I hope that all of you had a safe and effortless journey home, and you’ve come back with many new ideas, tools, and friendly colleagues. I want to thank you very much for finding the Dolphin Computer Access booth amidst a packed exhibition hall. I appreciate you taking the time to view a product demo, grab software literature, or enter a Dolphin software prize draw. If you were not one of lucky winners, you can always get our products the old-fashioned way, via the internet.
I would like to encourage you to visit our website, http://www2.blogger.com/www.YourDolphin.com, to find more information on the products you saw on Dolphin’s booth, as well as download demos to try the software for yourself. If you are interested in purchasing our products, please visit our dealer section to find a dealer near you. You can also contact Dolphin directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 866 797 5921.
As a final reminder, if you were interested in any of our access software, including Hal, Lunar, LunarPlus, and Supernova, Dolphin will be giving a free CD license to every customer who purchases a Dolphin Pen version of the same product. To learn more about this offer, visit http://www2.blogger.com/www.YourDolphin.com/USA.
Thank you again for taking the time to talk with the Dolphin crew.
New Embosser Technology for the New Millennium
Tactile Display Corporation proudly announces Triple Impressions. This embosser and printer combination is based on well-established software and hardware technologies. Triple Impressions concurrently produces braille text, smooth continuous tactile graphics, and printed text! Braille dots, tactile graphics, and the visual lettering are all inked on the backside of translucent mylar sheets so the ink is protected from tactile reading but is visible for sighted readers. The transcriber can adjust the specific pressures for depth of embossing so other materials - braille paper and foils - are embossable. A free Grade 2 braille translator that meets NLS standards is an integral part of the software. You have to feel it to believe it!
Teamwork made Triple Impressions development possible. Ioline Corporation (Woodinville, WA), a leader in vector graphics plotters, modified its high resolution hardware so print, braille, and continuous tactile graphics could be drawn. Symbol Graphics (Corona, CA), a leader in computerized sign making programs, modified its ADA sign production software to allow intermixed tactile graphics, print and braille text. Simple drag and drop editing allows scaling of tactile graphics and on screen adjustment of print and braille placement. The Grade 1 and Grade 2 braille translation software from Braille Research & Literacy (Fayetteville, GA) lets users interactively enter, edit and spell check all text with automatic space adjustment. Enabling Technologies (Jensen Beach, FL), with 36 years of embosser technology experience, is the exclusive US reseller of Triple Impressions; they offer on-going support for this easy to use computerized print, braille, and tactile graphics production system.
Free samples are available upon request. Just e-mail us your postal address, and we will send you samples. Due to demand please allow 4 weeks for delivery.
Shipping Wt. 77 lbs
Shipping Size 25"D x 50"W x 15"H
Operating Space 42"D x 44"W x 12"H
Sheet Size 17" x 11" to 17" x 28"
Quieted for office environment operation.
For more information contact:
Tactile Display Corporation
110 Commerce Drive, Suite 210
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Email: email@example.com <mailto:tactiledisplay%40bellsouth.net>
Knowbility News: Spring 2007 Issue
In this issue:
* Cool design/coding marathon…jump in! <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccDORj0syyE.>
* Early Bird discount for Access-U extended to April 15th
* Derek Featherstone's Access-U preconference
* Charles Chen explores WAI-ARIA Live Region Markup
* AIR-Interactive winners: all of us!
* CSUN assistive tech conference - open source is big news.
* Online fundraising success
* More accessibility news…
This newsletter is also available on the knowbility website <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www.knowbility.org/newsletter/?content=spring2007home> .
Welcome to the Spring 2007 Knowbility Newsletter
Read on to learn more about the open source accessibility work featured at the 2007 CSUN conference with contributions from Mozilla, IBM and others; also check out the results from AIR-Interactive at the SXSW Interactive Media Festival; updates about WCAG 2.0 status; details and plans for several of this year's Knowbility events: A Designathon/Codeathon in April, Access-U in May, keynotes in California and Mexico, and another California Web Accessibility Conference in January of 2008. As always, we hope to hear from you too and learn much more about how your accessibility work is going.
Cool Design/Coding Marathon…Jump In!
There are just 3 criteria for Designathon/Codeathon projects:
* Non-Profit relevance: Software should be useful to Non-Profit organizations.
* General relevance: Software should have a wide variety of applications to different organizations and situations, rather than tailor-made for one specific organization.
* Open Source: All software developed will be open source…benefits are meant for the npo world!
Sign up and view further details <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/codeathon.pbwiki.com/> at http://codeathon.pbwiki.com/ <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/codeathon.pbwiki.com/>
Early Bird Discount for Access-U extended to April 15th
Derek Featherstone offers AJAX accessibility workshop in conjunction with Access-U.
WAI-ARIA Live Region Markup - Making AJAX Truly Accessible
By Charles L. Chen
That utopia is much closer to real life than you may realize. The W3C WAI-ARIA (Web Accessibility Initiative - Accessible Rich Internet Applications) live region markup will make it possible for screen readers to understand the updates coming from AJAX and present them in a sensible manner to the user. This markup works by allowing web developers to create accessible containers adding WAI-ARIA properties to the dynamically changing parts of their website. These properties tell the assistive technology how the changes should be handled.
The most important concept that the WAI-ARIA live region markup introduces is "politeness". Live regions can have live="off", live="polite", live="assertive", or live="rude". "Off" will indicate that the changes to the live region should not be announced; this is useful for AJAX web pages that have a ticking clock that changes every second – announcing the time every second will not make the page any more accessible and is likely to annoy the user. "Polite" is the setting that should be used for most live regions; it tells the screen reader to announce the update when the user is idle – the announcement should not interrupt users who are busy reading through the page or typing in a blank. "Assertive" is stronger than polite; it tells the screen reader to announce the update at the first possible moment – in other words, if the user is reading a sentence, then as soon as that sentence is done, the update should be announced. "Rude" is exactly what it sounds like; it will interrupt the user immediately.
The WAI-ARIA live region markup also introduces the concepts of "atomic" and "relevant". Atomic="true" tells the screen reader that if any change is made to any part of the region, the entire region must be presented to the user. For example, if a cell contained stock price change information which included "up"/"down", the number of points, and the percentage, then that cell should be "atomic" since when there is a change, all three pieces of information should be presented to the user. "Relevant" tells the screen reader whether it should announce additions, removals, changes, or some combination of the three.
Best of all, despite being quite new, the WAI-ARIA live region markup has already begun to pick up momentum. Although WAI-ARIA has not been implemented in some of the larger screen readers such as JAWS and Windows-Eyes yet, Fire Vox (a free screen reading extension for Firefox) already has support for WAI-ARIA. This means that if you were to create an AJAX web page with WAI-ARIA right now, you will be able to check its accessibility by trying it in Fire Vox, and users on Fire Vox will be able to experience the benefits.
Since WAI-ARIA is still very young, it is not finalized yet and the WAI-ARIA working group <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www.w3.org/TR/aria-roadmap/> is happy to receive feedback. This is a great opportunity for web developers who understand the value of accessibility to learn about the upcoming standard for accessible AJAX, practice using it, and even help shape it.
AIR-Interactive (AIR-Interactive) results and who was that masked man at SXSW?
The Accessibility Internet Rally Interactive (AIR-Interactive) is Knowbility's annual accessible web contest held in conjunction with SXSW. In the weeks before the festival, AIR participants from Chevron, Convio, Frog Design, Segars, TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), as well as several teams of independent web folks, were working hard creating sites for local artists and musicians. Judges agreed that the 2007 sites <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/air-interactive/?content=2007Sites> were the best ever and proudly gave trophies to Frog Team One, Team Convio Alternators, and Team Elemental Blend.
Our thanks to the participants:
* Team Web Carpenter (Mickey Chapman, Lydia Harkey, Rahki Ahuja, Node McMillen, and Joe Ignemmo)
* Magnificent Seven (Keith Townsend, Doug Boyer, Weining Zhao, Carol Weeks, Shanna Howard, Marh Esther Garza, and Firew Mekonnen)
* Frog Design Team 1 (Carl Antone, Liz Hunt, Matt Howell, Kyle Crouse, Neil Epstein, Jonathan Cho, and Arik Avila)
* Frog Design Team 2 (Skip Baney, Bryan Walker, Erik Swedberg, Tim Paciolla, Paul DeVay, and Stephen Hall)
* Chevron IDC (Chris Massey, Melissa Simons, Joe O'Bryant, and Brandon Martin)
* Elemental Blend (Timothy Segars, Joshua Segars, and Brandon Burkett)
* Convio Alternators (Jennifer Hodges, Brandy Reppy, Jesse Hodges, Don Roach, and Shara Kilarski)
* The Eclectics (Rahul Vaduka, Shirley Crossland, Rajvi Shah, Amy Gelfand, Kanta Ahuja, Jeff Lin, and Susan Marks)
We were especially pleased this year to host the awards alongside the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/2007.sxsw.com/interactive/dewey_award/> . The Dewey is given each year during SXSW for outstanding Community Service through Interactive Media. The nomination itself is a great honor - each year there are ten "Deweys" nominated. 2007 Dewey nominees were:
* Brenda Adrian (St. Edward's University)
* Shahed Amanullah (altmuslim.com)
* Donny Branam (Austin Student Digital Film Festival)
* Rodney Gibbs (Amaze Entertainment)
* Bobbie Guerra (Texas School for the Deaf)
* Kathy Keller (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
* Joyce Lauck (ageofaustin.org)
* Pat Pound (Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities)
* Harvey Smith (Midway Games)
* Stefan Wray (savetexasaccess.org)
Top honors went to Shahed Amanullah (altmuslim.com).
CSUN assistive tech conference - open source is big news.
California State University at Northridge
For background and links to current work:
* Roadmap for Accessible Rich Internet Applications <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www.w3.org/TR/aria-roadmap/> (WAI-ARIA Roadmap)
* Sun joins IBM for Ajax development <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2158517/sun-joins-ibm-open-source-ajax>
* IBM's Open Source Portal <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource>
Demonstrations of work in progress on from Becky Gibson, Charles Chen, Aaron Leventhal, and others will soon be available on the CSUN website as the papers are published. We will keep you posted.
Validation06 Fundraiser confirms the importance of Knowbility programs to our community - thank you!
Fundraising is an ongoing challenge for all nonprofit organizations and Knowbility is no exception. The last quarter of 2006 saw the first ever launch of an online fundraising effort called Validation06 <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www.validation06.org/> . While we did not quite meet our goals, we were pleased by the response, particularly from board members, former board members, and our wonderful volunteers. We would like to thank the following people for their contributions to our online fundraiser:
Our fundraiser was boosted by 100% participation by the generous Knowbility Board members:
Knowbility Board Members
Brad Richardson, Chair Lloyd Campo
Jason Pariso, Chair Elect James Caldwell
Richard Fox, Treasurer Richard Hopkins
Sharron Rush, Executive Director Wendy Pursch
Greg Businelle Hazel Sanchez
Donating staff members include Jim Thatcher, Annie Hudson, Teenya Franklin, Mike Rush, Kim Leno, and Aimee Ronn.
Thanks as well to former Board member Jon Carmain and his wife Linda who showed great leadership in contacting former board members for the creation of a board fund to benefit Knowbility programs. Other previous members of the board responded generously - thank you!
On behalf of millions with disabilities who are served by this work, Knowbility recognizes the importance of each one of you who donated to the Dewey Winburne celebration at SXSW and online during the Validation06 effort:
A heartfelt thank you to all the Dewey Winburne Contributors for making the celebration of Dewey's vision for technology inclusion a joyous event:
Dewey Winburne Contributors
Gary Chapman Monica Roesch
Teresa Ferguson Roger Steele
Hugh Forrest Dale Thompson
Jim Butler Dr. John Slatin
Josefina A. Hughes
And thanks to Validation 06 Table Sponsors Mike Rush and Brad Richardson for leadership in our great online experiment and also to the following table sponsors and guests:
Dr. Jim Thatcher and Contributing Guests
Diana Seidel Tom and Cathy Laws
Andi Snow-Weaver Sara Lyford and Robert Pyeatt
Shannon Rapuano Caroline Hadley
Daesene Willmann Kristin and Michael Asthalter
Teenya Franklin and Contributing Guests
Jennifer Hodges Kayla Bigham
Brenda Adrian Cousett Ruelas
Kathy Keller Michael C. Sekora
Jon Wiley Charlie Musta
Becky Myers and Contributing Guests
Peg and George Nevers Greg and Susan Nevers John Harris
Annie Hudson and Contributing Guests
Teresa Ferguson Aimee Ronn
Jeff Heiberg Marjorie Matthews
Sharron Rush and Contributing Guests
Ronald L. Hicks Ana Sisnett
Melanie Rush Davis Candice Moore
Anita Harkey Grady Hillman
Carol Biedrzycki Tish Rush
Ken Case Mildred Maples
Charlotte McCann Tom Dunbar
Through these efforts, Knowbility received over $30,000 to help us continue to raise awareness of the need and methods for accessible technology. If you share our belief in the critical importance of technology access, please consider making a donation to Knowbility <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www.knowbility.org/donate/?content=home> today. Thanks very much!
The California Web Accessibility Conference 2008 (CalWAC)
By Annie Hudson
Knowbility is once again pleased and privileged to bring the CalWAC <http://knowbility.createsend.com/t/1/l/yhlri/hykluhl/www.knowbility.org/calwac/> conference to California State University in January 2008. This year's planning committee has begun meetings to determine the exact date and location, to be announced soon.
What is CalWAC?
The California Web Accessibility Conference is a project of California State University, and the High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges in partnership with Knowbility, Inc., to promote accessible Information Technology in higher education. The conference brings together world renowned accessibility experts and webmasters from university and community colleges throughout the state of California for an intensive two day series of learning sessions on accessible information technology tools and techniques.
What classes are offered at CalWAC?
The CalWAC conference offers hands-on accessibility workshop sessions, produced by Knowbility - the nation's leading trainer on IT accessibility policy, practice, and validation. Classes include practical instruction from basic accessibility awareness and resources to advanced assessment techniques, project management, and working with specific technologies such as Flash and PDF. As conference attendees learn more about accessibility requirements and techniques, there are also opportunities for conference sponsors to demonstrate their products in focused settings.
Last year's CalWAC in Long beach filled up fast, as testament to the enormous amount of interest and energy around the important need to make technology accessible to all. So, be sure and watch for CalWAC3 announcements for date and location, as well as registration info – all coming soon at http://www2.blogger.com/www.knowbility.org!