“accessibility”

How-Inform-Owners-About-Inaccessible-Sites

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1 Find contacts

2 Define the problem

3 Follow up if you need

Your information and feedback to an organization can help increase the accessibility of websites for you and many other people who browse the websites.

Website owners want to improve rank of their webpage. Positive feedback is better than negative feedback. Many website owners and organizations don’t know about accessibility and don’t know how to make the websites accessible or are learning how to create accessible websites.

In many countries websites are required to be accessible by national policies.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that people with disabilities have a right to access information and services via the Internet.

Accessible websites provide benefits for website owners and for people without disabilities.

Most website accessibility problems causes bad website design.

Window 7 Built-in Accessibility

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Windows 2007 has now caught up with Apple Systems by offering free software to enable universal access. In prior versions, windows listed several adaptations under programs, accessories and accessibility. Under the accessibility options, the user was able to utilize the magnifier, accessibility wizard and narrator. If you’re looking for these options in Windows 2007, you’re looking in the wrong place. New accessibility options are now listed under the sub-heading Ease of Use. You can locate the Ease of Use menu by entering the phrase listed in the search bar.

Ease of Use Features

Screen magnification Features: full screen, lens, locked or dock view, and split screen

Note: In addition to the magnifier, Windows 2007 has a complete menu to select your visual settings and it assists you in identifying the clearest test image for your monitor.

Narrator: (speech output) Features: Read dialog boxes and menus, key echo while typing, reads the title bar, announces active and inactive windows on the task bar.

Note: The narrator is a simple speech program, it does not read documents or text from the internet. It cannot be compared to Voiceover by Apple Systems. If you need to have text read, you need to utilize the text-speech software.

Speech Dictation: Operate the Computer hands free with Voice Recognition

Text to Speech: Have the computer read back documents

On-screen Keyboard with Word Prediction: Features: utilize a switch/joystick visually/auditory scan, modify the speed of the scan, and change visual display option

 

Web Accessibility How to start?

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What is The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)? The Web Accessibility Initiative creates strategies, tutorials and helps to make the Web accessible to disabled people. All information about WAI initiatives you can find on WAI website.

For Web users

All web users want to get all useful information from visited website. But a lot of websites have text that is difficult to read, controls and other elements that are difficult to see and use.

You can improve your web accessibility by customizing your hardware-your personal computer and other devices (headphones, external speakers, microphones, monitor etc.) and your software-your operating system (for example webbrowsers), and you can use special software, that helps people with disabilities. (about this in the next post.)

Customize your computer

Information about accessibility settings you can find in Help menu. In other operating systems this menu item is called different. In Windows accessibility settings, Mac Universal Access Preferences, Linux Assistive Technology support.

You can change font size, color, contrast etc., if you cannot read written text, you can enable narrator on Windows or voice over tool on mac.

Look for more customization options in menu items under “options”, “preferences”, “settings”, “access” ”customize” “configuration” and “accessibility”.

Try different File browsers and find the best File browser for you. Customize your File browser.

If you do not know what is accessibility and can not find information in web about it you can go to public institutions (libraries, schools, organizations for people with disabilities, assistive technology vendors) and ask for help.

 

Web Accessibility and how to start use it?

 

What is The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)? The Web Accessibility Initiative creates strategies, tutorials and helps to make the Web accessible to disabled people. All information about WAI initiatives you can find on WAI website.

 

For Web users

All web users want to get all useful information from visited website. But a lot of websites have text that is difficult to read, controls and other elements that are difficult to see and use.

You can improve your web accessibility by customizing your hardware-your personal computer and other devices (headphones, external speakers, microphones, monitor etc.) and your software-your operating system (for example webrowsers), and you can use special software, that helps people with disabilities. (About this in the next post.)

 

Customize your computer

General

Information about accessibility settings you can find in Help menu. In other operating systems this menu item is called different. In Windows accessibility settings, Mac Universal Access Preferences, Linux Assistive Technology support.

You can change font size, color, contrast etc., if you cannot read written text, you can enable narrator on Windows or voice over tool on mac.

 

Customize your file browser

Look for more customization options in menu items under “options”, “preferences”, “settings”, “access” ”customize” “configuration” and “accessibility”.

Try different File browsers and find the best File browser for you. Customize your File browser.

If you do not know what is accessibility and can not find information in web about it you can go to public institutions (libraries, schools, organizations for people with disabilities, assistive technology vendors) and ask for help.

 

Accessibility and e-voting

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Electronic voting (known as e-voting) is voting using electronic systems to aid counting and casting votes.

 

Electronic voting technology can have punched cards, optical scan voting systems and specialized voting kiosks (including self-contained direct-recording electronic voting systems, or DRE).

 

In general, are two main types of e-Voting.

 

1. By representatives of government physical supervised e-voting (electronic voting machines are located at polling stations)

 

2. remote e-Voting where voting is performed within the voter’s sole influence, and is not physically supervised by representatives of governmental authorities (e.g. voting from one’s personal computer, mobile phone, television via the internet (also called i-voting).

 

Internet voting systems have gained popularity and have been used for government elections and referendums in the United Kingdom, Estonia and Switzerland as well as municipal elections in Canada and party primary elections in the United States and France.

 

Estonia has also made attempts to popularize internet voting. In Estonia, each voter has a national ID card that they use to identify each citizen. The ID card is the security Estonia put in to ensure reliability in votes. Security officials said that they did not detect any unusual activity or tampering of the votes.

 

Electronic voting technology can speed the counting of ballots and can help provide improved accessibility for disabled voters. Blind voters can vote without help of other persons by using tactile cards and machines designed specifically for voters with disabilities can be used.