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*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Voice Recognition software</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Voice Recognition software</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Word Prediction</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Word Prediction</span></span>
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Word Completion</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Word Completion-</span></span>a feature often provided by many web browsers, word processors, etc., involves the prediction of a word or phrase that the user wants to type in without the user actually typing it in completely
  
 
<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">(See also [[Web Accessibility|Web Accessibility]], [[Universal Design|Universal Design]], [[Digital Content Accessibility|Digital Content Accessibility]])</span></span>
 
<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">(See also [[Web Accessibility|Web Accessibility]], [[Universal Design|Universal Design]], [[Digital Content Accessibility|Digital Content Accessibility]])</span></span>

Revision as of 12:07, 25 October 2013

About

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, product or system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

The four main categories of disabilities are visual, hearing, mobility, and cognitive. A variety of assistive technology tools are available to assist individuals with disabilities. AccessIT will be using assistive technology products to assure the quality and compliance of your webpages.

How the end users access your websites, documents, media may include these technologies:

  • Audio Description
  • Input devices such as keyboards, adaptive keyboards, on-screen keyboards, trackball, mouth stick
  • Screen Readers
  • Screen Magnifier
  • Voice Recognition software
  • Word Prediction
  • Word Completion-a feature often provided by many web browsers, word processors, etc., involves the prediction of a word or phrase that the user wants to type in without the user actually typing it in completely

(See also Web Accessibility, Universal Design, Digital Content Accessibility)

Principles

Indicators of Quality

Websites and web content designed with accessibility in mind are more functional and usable for all users. Here are some of the indicators of quality for Accessible IT:

  1. Screen readers rely on the markup structure of a document to enable navigation
  2. All audio content (video, recordings, etc.) is captioned
  3. All functionality of the content is operable through a keyboard interface
  4. Keyboard shortcuts to important links and form controls are provided

Techniques

Use headings to provide content structure
Use appropriate structure for lists and tables
Use CSS to style your document

Design for Screen Reader Compatibility

Use a Screen Reader to evaluate your website

Most common screen readers:

JAWS
Window-Eyes

NVDA

VoiceOver

Resources

WebAIM  Creating Semantic Structure

IBM Understanding Accessibility

Motor Disabilities Assistive Technologies

Better Web Browsing: Tips for Customizing Your Computer

Recommendations

Recommendations and suggestions from the AccessIT Community