By Brent Shiver on February 9, 2016

Increasing Engagement Through Captions

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if only a tiny fraction of videos on the Internet had sound? How useful would they be, especially as video will account for 79 percent of all Internet traffic by 2018? When you turn that scenario around and realize the infinitesimally small number of videos that […]

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By Erich Manser on February 3, 2016

Empathy in Design and Accessibility

(The third in our series of articles on design and accessibility. Read the first and second articles.) I am an accessibility tester & consultant at IBM, and I also happen to be a person with low-vision (I can see some, but not much) who uses technology. I am also all-too familiar with the “pain” of […]

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By Tom Brunet on February 1, 2016

IBM Announces New Updates to its Accessibility Service on Bluemix

IBM has added new functionality to its IBM Digital Content Checker for Bluemix, improving the ability to securely check the accessibility of large collections of content. The Digital Content Checker allows users to easily verify the accessibility of HTML content or EPUB documents. The service quickly examines your content, provides a detailed report of all […]

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By Mary Jo Mueller on January 28, 2016

Accessibility Policy and Regulation Outlook 2016

Many people worldwide approach a new year by making resolutions: learning something new, making a life change for the better, or making changes to old goals. In my work life I try to do the same by setting goals for accomplishments that will make a difference. One of those goals is to make forward progress […]

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By Maureen (Moe) Kraft on January 21, 2016

Accessible Innovation at Barclays Hackathon

Late last year, Barclays hosted the Superheroes vs. Master Hackers Hackathon in New York City. Organized and run by AngelHack, the event attracted a diverse group of more than 110 men and women from across the U.S. who competed for cash prizes and a chance to grow their ideas in the Barclays Accelerator Fast Track program. As a sponsor of the […]

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By M.E. Miller on January 14, 2016

Top Ten Inclusive Design Lessons

(The second in a series of posts on inclusive design) I have learned to approach accessibility like any other design challenge. It is about understanding and developing empathy for the user, which is fundamental to IBM Design Thinking. By constantly planning and incorporating accessibility into our designs, we can create one interface that is adaptive to […]

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By Tim Powers on January 11, 2016

Accessible Digital Publishing: An Interview with George Kerscher

George Kerscher is dedicated to developing technology to make information not only accessible, but fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind and disabled. He himself is blind, and started to develop computer-based information technology in 1987 and coined the term “print disabled” to describe people who cannot effectively read print because of […]

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By Frances West on January 6, 2016

Age and Ability in the Cognitive Era

Our parents and grandparents represent one of the most complex societal and economic challenges facing nations as they struggle with increasing costs of healthcare and decreasing numbers of caregivers. People aged 60 and older currently make up approximately 12 percent of the global population, and by 2050, that number will rise to almost 22 percent, […]

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By Tim Powers on January 4, 2016

Inclusion at the Intersection of Design and Accessibility

(The first in a series of posts on inclusive design) It’s not often you find design and accessibility as complimentary ingredients in a tasty entrée. In the past, the idea of mixing checklists and restrictions with creativity and free-spirited attitudes was faux pas, like adding ketchup to a hotdog in Chicago. But, sometimes two very […]

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