Amazing new tools for accessibility testing! We are gonna have fun with it @garcialo #a11ysummit @pixotech— Carmel Segal (@carmelper) September 9, 2015 “We know opinion data is always going to be less valuable than experience data.” –@jared_w_smith #a11ysummit Great phrase: opinion data!— Genevieve Howard (@HowGen) September 9, 2015One other key takeaway from Smith: if you’re a designer or developer creating accessible solutions, share what’s working so others can learn. Apple Watch AccessibilityMany attendees (me included) moved up to the front of the room for Paul Adam’s talk and demo on Apple Watch accessibility. Adam walked through the setup of the Apple Watch for accessibility (no sighted person or plug in to computer required to enable VoiceOver or Zoom) and demoed many of the features on the watch.Helpful features: VoiceOver supports 14 languages, you can get vibration alert notifications, and there’s an option to ping your iPhone (useful for when you can’t locate your phone). For me, the highlight of his talk was when Paul showed how the watch worked with apps. The results indicate there’s more work to be done:The Weather Channel app wouldn’t load at allYelp’s app displays the number of ratings, but skips over reviewsA missing label on the Amazon app results in the Apple Watch announcing “button” The second day of Accessibility Summit 2015, the annual online virtual conference organized by Environments for Humans, was a day of practical tips, resources, and information for web designers, developers, UX practitioners, accessibility specialists, content strategists, and project managers. For the sixth year, I co-hosted an Accessibility Summit meeting room this week at the University of Michigan for web professionals in southeast Michigan. Here are my takeaways from the Day 2 sessions.Whitney Quesenbery on Usability Testing for Accessible UXUser research expert Whitney Quesenbery highlighted the importance of listening and learning from your usability testing participants. The best way to understand a problem is to see it firsthand.When you recruit for your usability testing, recruit people, not disabilities. Look for aptitude, attitude, and ability. Prioritize issues by their impact on people: those that stop users from using an app or feature, to those that are annoying, or minor. A few tips for successful sessions:Talk with participants about how they currently work, the products they use, and the features they like/dislikeDon’t distract participants during testing. If participants are traveling to research location, ensure there is public transportation, parking, and space in room for wheelchairs or dogsWhatever location you use, ensure there is a reliable Internet connectionHelpful resources shared during Quesenbery’s talk:Consent forms on Usability.gov: usability test, recording release, etc.Usability test script (PDF) from Steve Krug New to me: You can share reports on WAVE online by copying URL once report is created. Thanks @garcialo for tip. #a11ysummit— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) September 9, 2015David MacDonald on Demystifying WCAG 2.0For the last session of Accessibility Summit 2015, David MacDonald (WCAG team member and president of CanAdapt) had a short presentation about WCAG 2.0, history and future work and then opened up the session to Q&A. Great way to end the online conference. He commented:There’s been quite a bit of criticism of WCAG. We’ve been a victim of our own success.I was impressed to learn that when WCAG was a work in progress, 1,200 comments were made on the 2006 WCAG draft. Every single comment was replied to.MacDonald highlighted how the supporting documents fit together, and gave us preview of the rough mockup of the WCAG Quick Reference Guide. Personally, I liked the layout of the new guide, with linked techniques, an ability to customize the layout. .@davidmacd bringing humor to this #a11ysummit session on the WCAG! Fun & informative. (Never thought I would say fun about WCAG discussion)— Genevieve Howard (@HowGen) September 9, 2015 At end of test, you can have a genuine human conversation about how to improve test & product; can learn a lot. @whitneyq #a11ysummit— P. F. Anderson (@pfanderson) September 9, 2015 Fix the big frustrations first, then, attack the noise.Great UX advice from @whitneyq via #A11ySummit— Heather (@_hmig) September 9, 2015 “You cannot design or program a user’s experience, you can only enable that experience.” @jared_w_smith | #A11ySummit @e4h— Jameson Amadeus (@jamesonamadeus) September 9, 2015 Krack shows limitations of tooltips. My thoughts? Get smart with @cjforms’ http://t.co/LaNpQTO4Rl #PDF #forms #A11ySummit #techcomm— Accessible Techcomm (@AccessTechcomm) September 9, 2015Want more information about creating accessible documents? Check out Joe’s How do I construct accessible documents? resource page. Accessibility Testing ToolsGiven so many different accessibility testing tool options, how do you choose? Based on his daily use of accessibility testing tools, Luis Garcia analyzed the tools and narrowed the choices by looking at tools that were:FreeEast to useRobustwhich resulted in a review of the following tools:HTML CodeSnifferChrome Accessibility Developer ToolsaXe, also aXe Chrome and aXe FirefoxWAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (online), also WAVE for Chrome and WAVE for FirefoxTenon, also Tenon for ChromeGarcia explained and demoed the features each tool offered in terms of the number of accessibility checks, whether it was open source, if it explained the issue, offered suggestions for fixes, as well as whether the report could be shared (something I find useful for clients).Tools highlighted: HTML CodeSniffer, Accessibility Developer Tools, aXe Firefox, aXe Chrome, WAVE Chrome, WAVE online, Tenon #a11ysummit— P. F. Anderson (@pfanderson) September 9, 2015 “Go meet people where they are” for UX testing. @whitneyq went to gyms, coffee shops, libraries. Test group reflects population #a11ysummit— Genevieve Howard (@HowGen) September 9, 2015 I like layout of new WCAG Quick Reference Guide, linked techniques, ability to remove sidebar. #a11ysummit pic.twitter.com/bFEbd03q9P— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) September 9, 2015Can’t Get Enough Accessibility?Has the Accessibility Summit inspired you to learn more about web accessibility? Here’s a few of my favorite places to learn more:Following the #a11y hashtag on TwitterWebAIM community with blog, newsletter, an email discussion listWeb Accessibility Initiative (WAI) resources mentioned in my Day 1 takeawaysPhoto credit: Michael Stork, University of MichiganShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedAccessibility Summit 2015, Ann Arbor Group Meeting RoomFor the sixth year, I’m partnering with my friend Scott Williams, Web Accessibility Coordinator at the University of Michigan, to host a group meeting room for the online live Accessibility Summit conference. Organized by Environments for Humans, this year’s Accessibility Summit 2015 conference returns for two full days of online…In “Accessibility”Accessibility Summit 2014, Ann Arbor Group Meeting RoomFor the fifth year, I’m partnering with my friend Scott Williams, Web Accessibility Coordinator at the University of Michigan, to host a group meeting room for the online live Accessibility Summit conference. Organized by Environments for Humans, this year’s Accessibility Summit 2014 conference is a two-day online event bringing accessibility…In “Accessibility”September 2013 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsAlong with friends and colleagues, my friend Nick DeNardis has been after me for years to create a calendar of local events. Given my interests, I hear about and attend several UX, web design and development, social media and entrepreneur events each week. Which I tell Nick about after the…In “Calendar” Sounds like Apple Watch has some growth to do regarding #a11y “This is my favorite one” [clicks] Watch says “Button. Button.” #a11ysummit— P. F. Anderson (@pfanderson) September 9, 2015 If it’s important enough to be on a visual form, it’s important enough to be heard on the auditory version. #a11ysummit— Amanda Dahling (@akdahling) September 9, 2015 “We want to leverage WCAG as long as possible. Opening for change is can of worms.” #a11ysummit pic.twitter.com/BdNHghjRkC— P. F. Anderson (@pfanderson) September 9, 2015 You’re there to learn from people. Give them opps to show you, tell you. They can help you improve your product. #a11ysummit— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) September 9, 2015The Future of Web AccessibilityHaving heard Jared Smith from WebAIM speak at past Accessibility Summit events, I was intrigued by the title of his presentation. And he didn’t disappoint. His talk was a natural fit after Quesenbery’s talk, with comments about empathy, interacting with people with disabilities, and discussion of the recently released results of the 2015 WebAIM screen reader survey.The future of web accessibility depends on our understanding of individuals with disabilitiesSmith pointed out that accessibility without empathy will result in failure. You may have short term gains, but best efforts are gained by interacting with people with disabilities. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) levels don’t indicate user impact. If it’s a serious issue, it shouldn’t have to fit into WCAG criteria to be a valid issue.More and better data on web accessibility is needed (usability testing, not just surveys). Did you know WCAG 2.0 contrast formula and requirements are based on 1988 and 1992 data/reports? What Jared sees in the future:Browsers support basic keyboard accessibility out of the boxWeb developers learn basic accessibility through education and training (YES!)Web accessibility is a feature in beta products, not added in the 4.x.x.x version if we find an issue that impacts users, it’s an issue. Shouldn’t have to fit it into WCAG criteria for validity. #a11ysummit @jared_w_smith— Steve Sawczyn (@A11YForAll) September 9, 2015 Link to Tim Noonan’s Apple Watch accessibility review @pauljadam mentioned during his #a11ysummit talk http://t.co/dtGCM1yIKq— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) September 9, 2015Creating Accessible and Usable PDF FormsIf you’re responsible for creating public facing PDF forms, Joseph Krack, digital accessibility consultant at the California Department of Rehabilitation, has the tips and resources you need to know. Be sure to have a screen reader available. Since screen readers users often stay in forms mode, you’ll need to create both a visual and auditory form. When you write your tooltips, be aware there are no hard returns, and you can’t apply headings or lists. Additionally, check your tabbing order to ensure it’s logical. And don’t rely on automated testing, include testing with people. “Can’t build a visual form w/o a monitor. Can’t build an auditory form w/o a screen reader” Joe Krack #a11ysummit— P. F. Anderson (@pfanderson) September 9, 2015
20 May 2004Fans are the lifeblood of the sporting industry. Without them, a sizeable chunk of the world’s media would be out of a job, outdoor advertising would be restricted to bus stops, and sponsorships would not have been invented.For many South Africans, supporting, playing, living, breathing sport is simply the way things are. It is how they are meant to be. And they wouldn’t want it any other way.Many years ago, I read an interesting book by James Michener. Not a novel the size of a brick, which is what most people think he produces, it was called simply “Michener on Sport”. A true fan of sport, Michener named just three countries as being absolutely fanatical about sport: the then East Germany, Australia, and South Africa.The fans and the flagToday’s South African sports fans are easily spotted – the flag “new” South African catches the eye at sporting events around the world. And with face-painting so much in vogue, it is common to see the six colours leaping out from cheering South African faces.The ubiquitous flags are popular items on sale at big matches, along other regalia. Supporters’ kit and memorabilia are big business in South Africa, and soccer’s Bafana Bafana, rugby’s Springboks, and cricket’s Proteas sell huge numbers of shirts.South African sports fans love a winner, but they can be extremely critical of failure, and the chorus of disquiet when things are not going well can become quite deafening.However, despite dire predictions, and ceaseless complaints, South African sports fans continue to support their teams. Even when national support is not an issue, South Africans are true sport lovers at heart. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The following is an excerpt from Speech First’s “A Brief History of Free Speech in America.”Words are powerful – which is why throughout history, kings, tyrants and governments have imprisoned, tortured, and even killed people to maintain control over ideas. Only through the free “clash of ideas” do societies pursue truth that can enable human flourishing.Even before there was an independent “America” to speak of, our nation built a relationship with free speech. The Zenger case (1735) abolished seditious libel, which restricted the British government from infringing on press freedom. Colonists leveraged these newfound rights to utilize words as a check on authority. These principles set the stage for the U.S. Constitution and, later, the First Amendment in the U.S. Bill of Rights (1791) which enshrined freedom of speech in the forefront of the American consciousness and legal foundations.Of course, the story doesn’t end there; over the next two centuries or so came challenges to define this freedom: sedition acts, questions on when free speech would (and wouldn’t) be protected, protests, flag burnings, and countless court rulings. These challenges to the First Amendment and what form its protections should take, continue to the modern day. And while the notion of free speech isn’t always correctly understood or interpreted, when properly exercised and protected, it has an unparalleled ability to effectuate positive change and elevate the nation.1787-1788: Federalist Papers written and published.During the Founding Fathers’ debates over how best to structure the new nation’s government, the Federalist Papers were one outlet where potential policies were articulated and defended.Federalist 84, penned by Alexander Hamilton, opposed what would later become the U.S. Bill of Rights. Hamilton felt the addition of a Bill of Rights was unnecessary, as it would give the people the false impression that the ONLY rights they held were the ones specifically listed in the document. Eventually, the Bill of Rights was created – but as a compromise with Hamilton, the 10th Amendment specifically notes that all rights not listed remain in the hands of the public.1791: The U.S. Bill of Rights is published, establishing the First Amendment and other freedoms for all Americans.The Bill of Rights covers the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. At the very beginning of the document, in 45 simple words, it established five fundamental freedoms for all Americans:freedom of religion; freedom of speech; freedom of the press; the right to assemble; and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Other rights specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights include the right to due process, the right to a speedy trial, and the right to bear arms.1798: Alien & Sedition Acts passed, limiting freedom of speech and the press.The Alien and Sedition Acts were a series of four laws passed by the Federalist Congress and signed into law by President John Adams. While many believed war with France imminent, theFederalists accused the Jeffersonians of siding with France against the U.S. government. These laws limited freedom of speech and of the press and included new powers to deport foreigners, restrict their activities, and make it harder for them to vote.1800-1801: President Thomas Jefferson, opposed to the Acts, allows the Sedition Act and the Alien Friends Act to expire.The Sedition Act restricted any speech deemed critical of the federal government, and Jeffersonian newspaper owners who disagreed with the government were often targeted for criminal prosecution. Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams in the 1800 Presidential election; at the time, it was widely believed that opposition to the Acts helped propel the Jeffersonians to victory. The Acts were allowed to expire in 1800 (Sedition Act) and 1801 (Alien Friends Act).
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated Shere Bangla National Stadium outfield for that match as “poor” which hosted the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia last month in Dhaka.ICC match referee Jeff Crowe, who officiated in the historic Test which Bangladesh won by 20 runs that took place between August 27 and 30.Crowe, in accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, submitted his report to the ICC in which he expressed concern over the quality of the outfield.The report has been forwarded to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), which now has 14 days to provide its response.The BCB’s response will be reviewed by ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and Ranjan Madugalle from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
Here is the latest news from around the states…Northern TerritoryThe NT Titles will be held from Friday, 30 April until Sunday, 2 May 2010 in Darwin. Over 20 teams will compete in the tournament, with teams coming from Gove, Alice Springs, Katherine, Borroloola, Ramingining as well as local teams from Darwin. Four divisions will be contested, with Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Under 18 Mixed and Women’s 35’s battling it out for their respective titles. Games will commence on Friday night, with finals to be played on Sunday afternoon. The Under 18 Mixed and Women’s Over 35 finals will be played at 4.00pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 5.00pm, and the Men’s Open final at 6.00pm. For more information, please visit the NT Titles website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-920-0-112627-0&sID=10358 QueenslandThe 2010 Queensland State Cup will also be held on Saturday, 1 May and Sunday, 2 May. The State Cup will be held at the fields at Bundaberg Touch Association, University Drive, Bundaberg.Teams from across the state will contest the event, with the following divisions to be played: Mixed, Women’s Open, Men’s Open, Men’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s. The games will start at 9.00am on Saturday, with the final round of the day to commence at 4.20pm. Games will start at 8.30am on Sunday, with the final round games commencing at 9.50am before finals begin. The first draft of the State Cup draw is on the Queensland State Cup website. The final draw will be released at the Managers Meeting on Saturday, 1 May. For more information, please visit the Queensland State Cup and Queensland Touch websites:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-7206-0-0-0&sID=157480www.qldtouch.com.au South AustraliaIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Touch Football South Australia, with teams competing in the SA Masters Games and the annual Touch Wine event. Touch Football made a successful return to the SA Masters Games, with seven teams competing at the two day event at Port Pirie. Touch was one of the largest sports represented at the games, and the good news is that Touch Football has been included in the bill for the 2011 SA Masters Games, which will be held in Naracoorte in April 2011. Touch Wine was held on the ANZAC Day public holiday, with approximately 1500 people attending the annual charity event. 38 winery teams entered the event, while round three of the CMI Toyota State League was also played. In round three of the Men’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were big winners over the Central Scorpions, winning 15-2, while the Defence Eagles defeated the Northern Vipers, 4-3. The South West Wolves had the bye. The Stingrays sit on top of the ladder in the Men’s division, followed by the Wolves, Eagles, Scorpions and Vipers.Round four will be played on Sunday, 2 May and will see the Eagles take on the Scorpions and the Vipers versus the Wolves. The Stingrays have the bye. In the Women’s division, the Eastern Stingrays were three touchdown winners over the South West Wolves, 5-2, while the Northern Vipers and the Central Scorpions played out a 3-all draw. The Scorpions sit on top of the ladder in the Women’s division, followed by the Vipers, Stingrays and Wolves. Round four will see the Vipers take on the Stingrays, while the Scorpions will play the Wolves. The traditional celebrity match was also played at Touch Wine, and was one of the highlights of the day. Bruce McAvaney was the commentator of the game, and the following athletes participated:Hannah Davis (Olympic Kayaker)Rachael Sporn (Olympic Basketball player)Rick Olarenshaw, Peter Caven and Kym Koster (AFL)Demelza McCloud (Australian Netballer)Brett Maher (Australian Basketball player)For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auWestern AustraliaSunset Touch has moved venues, with competition taking place on Monday nights at Associates RUFC (Allen Park) Swanbourne. There are limited places available, and nominations close on Monday, 17 May. For more information, including where to play Touch this winter, please visit the Touch West website:www.touchwest.comNew South WalesThe New South Wales Touch Football Referees Awards night will be held on Saturday, 1 May at the Bankstown Sports Club. The Awards night is the gala night of the Refereeing calendar, with the ‘Ian Matthew Medal’ announced. For more information, please visit the NSW Touch website.The Sydney Scorpions have been named the 2010 Regional Permit Champions at the New South Wales Under 14 and 16 Regional Championships. The Scorpions played in all four finals, winning two and were narrowly defeating in the Under 14 Boy’s and Girl’s finals. 14 Boys – Hunter Western Hornets 5 defeated Sydney Scorpions 414 Girls – Hunter Western Hornets 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 216 Boys – Sydney Scorpions 4 defeated Northern Eagles 316 Girls – Sydney Scorpions 5 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 1The following Referees were rewarded for their efforts following the tournament:Referee of the tournament – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Women’s Referee – Fiona SaundersLeading Senior Referee – Nick AltinLeading Level 5 Referee – Adam O’KeeffeLeading Level 4 – Luke HeckendorfThe New South Wales State Merit teams were also announced following the tournament. Go to the New South Wales Touch Football website to view the teams.www.nswtouch.com.auACTACT Touch has a list of players looking to play Touch on all nights of competition. Please contact ACT Touch if you would like to be sent the list of players. The final two of the Winter domestic competitions started this week, with the Tuesday and Thursday night competitions at Deakin beginning. The countdown is on until the beginning of the ACT Premier League, which will commence on Wednesday, 12 May 2010. For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.auVictoriaTouch Football Victoria will be holding trials for the Under 15 and Under 18 state representative squads on Sunday, 16 May 2010 at the Albert Park Touch fields. The Under 18 trials will be held from 9.00am to 11.00am, while the Under 15 trials will be held from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The trials are held to help identify potential state representatives to compete at upcoming tournaments. The 18’s teams will be competing at the National Youth Championships in Caloundra in September, while the Under 15 teams will compete in the School Sport Australia Championships which will be held in Canberra in October. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website.Albert Park and Elwood Park’s team registrations for the upcoming Winter competitions have been extended by one week. Registrations will close on Sunday, 10 May. The competitions will now start on the week commencing, Monday, 10 May. There will be a compulsory delegates meeting on Thursday, 6 May to get information and to ask questions. Please visit the Touch Football Victoria website for more information:www.victouch.com.auTasmaniaLaunceston Touch Association’s social mixed competition will commence on Sunday, 2 May 2010. Rounds one and two will be played on Sunday, with rounds three and four to be played on Sunday, 16 May. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.auHave you become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook? Search for Touch Football Australia and become a fan today!