Industry News From Around the Web - February 2017

February

Design

  • Why Accessibility is a Vital Part of SaaS Innovation

    By Andy Mura (Feb 2, 2017)

    • "And most importantly, you need to know where we’re headed and what trends are currently shaping user experience because things are moving fast and falling behind means losing customers over competition, revenue and eventually your business."
    • "A positive User Experience is primarily connected to Accessibility and this has nothing to do with how user-friendly your interface is."
  • Go to Medium

  • Four levels of accessibility customisation

    By Alastair C (Feb 17, 2017)

    • "When trying to make websites more accessible to more people, you run into issues working out who is responsible for what. Is it the browser, the site, or a bit of both?"
    • "For example, someone who needs to make things bigger can use the browser controls to increase the size of things by 200% fairly easily. At the other end of the scale a website could provide controls to simplify the layout and add easy-read icons to specified areas."
  • Go to AlastairC

  • Writing JavaScript with accessibility in mind

    By Manuel Matuzovic (Feb 12, 2017)

    • "Tips on how to improve the accessibility of your JavaScript components and provide users with more and better ways to interact with your website or web app."
    • "It’s important to make sure that our websites are navigable by keyboard. A lot of users rely on a keyboard when they surf the web. Among them are people with motor disabilities, blind people and people who don’t have hands or cannot use a mouse or track pad for whatever reason."
  • Go to Medium

  • Banking Needs a Customer Experience Wake-Up Call

    By Jim Marous (Feb 6, 2017)

    • "Move focus of digital engagement from cost reduction to experience enhancement."
    • "In fact, in a recent J.D. Power, survey, the largest banking organizations improved in overall customer satisfaction, while midsize banks declined and regional banks plateaued. This was attributed primarily to improved mobile and online satisfaction."
  • Go to The Financial Brand


Policy

  • Web accessibility - It's good for everyone.

    by Nicolas Steenhout (Feb 22, 2017)

    • "Web accessibility benefits everyone...Many of the barriers encountered by people with disabilities on the web are also problematic for people without disabilities."
    • "Curb cuts help wheelchair users. But they also help parents pushing strollers, kids on skates, or tradesmen pulling dollies loaded with tools or goods. The reality is that accessibility...helps a wide variety of people, with and without impairments."
  • Go to LinkedIn


Law

  • Court Says Settlement Agreement Does Not Bar Later Website Accessibility Lawsuit by a Different Plaintiff

    By Kristina Launey, Minh Vu (Feb 1, 2017)

    • "Both lawsuits contained the same basic set of facts and legal claims, and sought similar relief—modification of the website to make it accessible to, and useable by, individuals with disabilities."
    • "The court’s straightforward application of res judicata principles is not surprising, and even less so because there is no indication that Party City had committed to making its website accessible in the confidential settlement agreement—the relief sought in the Pennsylvania case."
  • Go to JD Supra

  • Your Practice Website Must be ADA Compliant

    by Michael Sacopulos, JD (Feb 14, 2017)

    • "Are Small Practices Required to Make their Practice Web Sites Accessible to Disabled People?"
    • "Under Title II of the Act, "places of public accommodations" cannot exclude people who have disabilities from being able to participate in what is offered to everyone else. A website is public. If your practice has one, it is obligated to comply with ADA, no matter the number of employees or size of the practice. In fact, the law views your website as a piece of real estate for purposes of the ADA."
  • Go to Diagnostic Imaging


Events


Innovation

  • More than 1bn YouTube videos have automated captions

    By Lisa Lacy (Feb 16, 2017)

    • "The number of YouTube videos with automatic captions now exceeds 1bn – and consumers watch videos with said captions more than 15m times per day, the platform said."
    • "In addition, Kaver noted YouTube has made great strides in terms of the numbers of videos with captions, as well as in the accuracy of those captions. This doesn’t just benefit consumers watching videos without sound, but also those who are deaf or hard of hearing."
  • Go to The Drum

  • Building Inclusive VR Experiences

    By Chris Gallello (Jan 30, 2017)

    • "Whose responsibility is it to build for diverse audiences?"
    • "And I hope it will also help developers who may not be familiar with building for diversity and inclusivity to understand where and how they will need to adapt their process. As long as we keep talking, the creators will listen."
  • Go to Virtual Reality Pop

  • 11 Trends Shaping The Future Of Retail

    By Brian Solis (Feb 15, 2017)

    • "Understand social commerce and design targeted initiatives that drive shared experiences, reviews and referrals online."
    • "Explore new technologies to re-imagine the in-store/online experience blurring the lines between digital/brick-and-mortar."
  • Go to Forbes

  • Aids for Vision Loss, From Those Who’ve Been There

    By Jane Brody (Feb 27, 2017)

    • "Stanley F. Wainapel, clinical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, admitted that 'adapting to vision loss is a major challenge.' But he disputed Mr. Hoagland’s allusion to 'enforced passivity,' pointing out that many advances in technology — from screen-reading software for computers to portable devices that read menus or printed letters 'with a delay of only seconds' — can keep productivity, creativity and pleasure very much alive for people who can no longer see."
    • "A screen-reading computer program called Jaws enables Mr. Riccobono to 'read' what’s on the screen, type and send email using synthesized speech."
  • Go to NY Times

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