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Find out more about the accessibility of javascript and ajax.

Google provides an overview of their accessibility solutions.  Specifically for Google Maps, they say they “provide easy-to-use textual directions”.  Basically, it seems that their search is accessible as well as the controls for the map (i.e. zoom, pan).  Yet they do not address the issue of the image.

Check it out here.

Synthetic Imaging Research Inc. is a Toronto-based organization working with the ATRC.  They develop devices for the visually impaired.  More info to come, but they are currently working with NOKIA to translate maps into a text-based format.  Hopefully they can give me some guidance…

Here is a link to the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) at the University of Toronto.  I will be working with them for the next little while as I try to become an “expert”.

Jorge Silva will be my contact who is currently leading the project “Smart Campus in Your Pocket (SCYP)”. A mobile device designed to be accessible, and location/context-aware.

A More Accessible Map

Seth Duffey

Finally! I’ve found someone who proposes an actual solution…I was beginning to worry.  Duffey proposes a CSS  map to address users with visual impairment.  The map data is separate from the image and inserted into a tooltip on a link.  Although this technique only addresses blind users, and may not work when using ESRI software, this is a step in the right direction.

Anchoring and Adjustment in Software Estimation

Jorge Aranda and Steve Easterbrook

Shows that anchoring influences the time estimation of a software project. Anchoring in this situation, is when a time is suggested by another before a person begins to figure out their estimate, this suggestion influences their decision.

Not really related to my research, but interesting nonetheless. Thought my fellow developers might find this interesting….

Emerging GIS Technology and Accessibility: Online Mapping for Everyone

Christopher J Andrews

Outlines the accessibility problems associated with online mapping, and how various adaptive technologies react to them. Provides some solutions and links to make maps more accessibile.

Follow up: SAP Design Guide, Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center, Seth Duffy

Environment Canada has an Accessibility group called AAACT (Accessibility, Accomodation and Adaptive Computer Technology) with which I’m hoping to work…click here to see their site.

Web Accessibility: A Broader View

John T. Richards & Vicki L. Hanson

The authors state that although accessibility standards and guidelines have been formally introduced, agencies other than governments are unlikely to follow them due to high costs and time with little added benefits.  With an application originally intended for older adults, they integrate a settings option directly into the users browser.  It offers accessibility options already available in many operating systems and browsers but without having to dig through menus and dialog boxes to find them.

Tests show that not just senior citizens can benefit from these various settings, and accessibility becomes more about usability.  Any user can modify a page using preferences that initially they may have been unaware of until given the option.

Resist the urge to click:

Thanks Asif for the link!