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Link Type Indicators

It is a good idea to inform users when a link goes to non-HTML content (such as a PDF file or Word document). It can be frustrating to activate a link and then realize that the link requires an external program or viewer. An icon (with appropriate alternative text) or text, such as “(PDF)”, is sufficient. Because screen reader users commonly navigate by links, it is vital that the link type indicator icon or text be placed within the link, otherwise this information is readily available to sighted users, but not presented in the context of the link for screen reader users.

The National Library Service (NLS) and the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing are now offering a free money identifier, the iBill, to all who qualify for the NLS. Check out our review of the iBill on our YouTube station, and let us know what you think!


Get ready to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the ADA on July 26, 2014 by downloading the ADA 24th Anniversary Tool Kit from www.adaanniversary.org. The Tool Kit has everything you’ll need to join cities and towns across the United States as they hold events honoring the ADA during the week of July 21-18, 2014.  The Tool Kit contains a sample Proclamation; background and history on the ADA; monthly themes; news; disability statistics; case law updates; information about the Supreme Court’s July 1999 Olmstead Decision prohibiting the unnecessary institutionalization of persons with disabilities; and other resources on the ADA – publications, events, videos, training.  Download the Tool Kit now at www.adaanniversary.org.

It’s been a good week in the land of technology for people with disabilities – AT in the news for the week of 7/14 thru 7/18.

3D-printed spine cage enables customized spinal fusion surgery

Solving Accessibility Compliance Issues For Online Video

Device Helps Rebuild Neural Connections for Stroke Patients

Bioengineers Improve Upon Football Mouthguard that Senses Head Impacts

What It’s Like To Play Games When You’re Colourblind

Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini?

Zinger is claimed to be the world’s lightest electric wheelchair

Google partners with Novartis to produce glucose-monitoring contact lens

Mental-health monitoring goes mobile

Open Source Glucose Monitoring on the Front Lines of Innovation

Reuters blows it. Apple PR springs into action.

Hearing Aid Evolution Unveils What The World Sounds Like In ’3-D’

Study: Older Americans Aim To Stay Independent In Their Homes

Social Media: Accessibility Issues and Solutions

Microsoft’s wearable Alice band is not a rival to Google Glass

Hopkins biomed. engineering students’ invention gives soldiers a fighting chance at survival

Lab of Things brings about new hope for people living with paralysis

Smart contact lenses by Google

Disabled music project at Colston Hall

Smartphone app helps disabled cross the road

Autistic teens use architecture software to build job skills

Robots can play Angry Birds, too — and help kids with disabilities

Reha Technology Launches the Armotion™, a Device for the Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity

WCAG 2.0 and Reading Level

It is always a good idea to make content as readable and understandable as is suitable for the audience. For complex content (defined as that which requires a reading ability more advanced than the lower secondary education level), WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 3.1.5 (Level AAA) requires that a more simplified and readable version of the content be provided. Much content cannot be made perfectly understandable at these levels (consider a college-level chemistry class, for example), thus it’s a Level AAA success criterion. Regardless of the limitations for some content, for a page to be optimally accessible, it should be written so as to be easily readable and understandable to the target audience.

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