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By Tim Powers on March 14, 2018

IBM Accessibility Research at CSUN 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI), automation, compliance, and best practices in enterprise accessibility make up the IBM Accessibility Research lineup for the 33rd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego next week (March 19-23, 2018). CSUN is the world’s largest event dedicated to presenting and exploring new ways technology can assist people with disabilities. At the […]

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By Michael Gower on February 8, 2018

Simplifying the New WCAG 2.1 Guidelines

Recommendations for new accessibility guidelines were released on January 30, 2018 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In this new draft version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), none of the current 2.0 Success Criteria have been altered. Instead, 17 additional criteria have been recommended for 2.1. This article is intended to help […]

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By Michael Gower and Mary Jo Mueller on January 25, 2018

Revised Section 508 Standards Now in Effect

In the United States, the Revised Section 508 Standards went into effect on January 18, 2018, a year after the U.S. Access Board published the final rule of the updated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines. The Revised 508 Standards, and the accompanying updates to Section 255 of the Communications Act, have transformed […]

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By Michael Gower on December 4, 2017

Looking to the Future in Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

When I began working in the accessibility field, I relied on interaction, empathy and observation to help identify the challenges of users with disabilities. There were two things that really made the job fascinating: the constant opportunity for technical innovation, and the ongoing, invigorating phenomenon of witnessing users benefit directly from my interventions. Now, 18 […]

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By Shunguo Yan on October 12, 2016

IBM Strengthens Mobile App Accessibility and Usability

According to data from comScore, people spend approximately 50 percent of all their digital media time on the 4.2 million smartphone apps available today. While the number of mobile apps continues to increase, many are failing to engage and excite customers due to quality, functionality and usability issues. To help organizations ensure that all users, including […]

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By Michael Gower on September 19, 2016

IBM Updates Accessibility Checklists in Preparation for Section 508 Refresh

Last week, accessibility took a step forward. The refresh of the Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology passed another hurdle on its long journey to being updated for the first time since its release in December 2000. The Section 508 Amendment to the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that all information and communication […]

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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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