Jun 15th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
Join the hundreds of individuals, organizations, and government agencies across the country who have pledged their support for the ADA! Become a part of the nationwide celebration as we count down to the 25th anniversary of one of the world’s most historic civil rights laws.
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Jun 12th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
Jun 10th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
HTML5 and Optional Alt Attribute
HTML5 currently allows the alt attribute of the image element to be optional. If an image is given alt=””, it indicates that the image is decorative and does not convey content, or that the content of the image is conveyed elsewhere, such as through an image caption or adjacent text. In HTML5, omitting the alt attribute indicates that an alternative for the image was not provided or cannot be determined. An instance where no alt attribute might be necessary is when a user uploads hundreds of photos to a photo sharing site and will not provide alternative text for each of them. Because the alt attribute is required in previous versions of HTML and XHTML, this would require the photo sharing site to give the images improper alternative text (either alt=””, which is not accurate because the image does convey content, or generic, inaccurate alternative text such as alt=”photo087″ or similar) in order to be valid HTML. In HTML5, the alt attribute may be omitted in this case, and while this does not make the image accessible, this does provide an indication that the image is not accessible and might allow screen readers to then attempt to find or present additional potentially useful information about the image (such as the image file name, results from a related image search, etc.).
Jun 9th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
Convo Lights From Convo Relay
Contributed by Joel Zimba, Special Projects Coordinator, MDTAP
The technology which makes room lights blink to alert the deaf to incoming phone calls has not changed in decades. With the arrival of “Smart Lighting”, specifically the Phillips Hue lights, this has changed.
By incorporating various permutations of the Phillips Hue light kits, colors and light patterns can be used as alerts for incoming or missed calls, and even as called ID. Rather than controlling all of the room lighting at one time, the Hue lights can be placed in lamps, or separate lighting strips.
With the invention of Convo Lights, Convo Relay demonstrates how familiar assistive technology is changing. Phillips Hue lighting is inexpensive and easily available consumer technology. As more and more Smart Home technology becomes available, we can expect to see similar innovations with other assistive technologies.
Jun 8th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog
We’ve got a whole new site design! Check out MDTAP’s new website at www.mdtap.org. We’ve got resources, information request forms online, and out virtual AT Library! Check it out and feel free to send us your thoughts, recommendations, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun 5th, 2015 by MDTAP Blog