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Accessibility for print-impaired

Participante(s) : T.B. Dinesh
Idioma : English Nivel : Principiante Actividad : Conferencia
Fecha : Miércoles 7 de julio de 2010 Horario : 17h00 Duración : 40 minutes
Lugar : ENSEIRB - Amphi A
Temas transversales : AccessibilitéEn anglais


Rich Internet Applications open a can of "user interfaces for all" issues. In India we have a large number of people ( 1 billion) who may be identified as print-impaired. I.e., people who can see but cannot easily make sense of the words/text’s WAI-ARIA recommendations help address some of the accessibility concerns, provided appropriate screen readers and such are made available. The ca se of the print-impaired is likely to push recommendations to be more semantics based so that both the screen readers and the user interfaces can react to user contexts in a better way.

On the other hand, it can become a considerable effort for developers to realize these recommendations in getting the web applications to be sensitive to these users. One way to understand the generalized context is by looking into how these issues can be addressed at the level of Web application development frameworks.

Using a few examples, we intend to initiate a discussion on the nature of generalizable solutions.




Dinesh is the technical director of Janastu - an NGO that provides IT services for community needs, and Servelots - an open source ??product development company.

Janastu and Servelots do research and product development in primarily these 3 areas of IT accessibility:

  1. Software development: Web application development without software developer dependency for community information management needs,
  2. CS Education: Computer Science course ware for Web 2.0 era where a browser like Firefox can become a learning environment, and
  3. Print-impaired: Development of a reference implementation of a framework which helps address the needs of the print-impaired.