International accessibility news roundup
Stay informed on the latest developments in accessibility and inclusivity with our monthly news roundup.
The importance of web accessibility can’t be overstated. Technology and the internet can be hugely valuable resources for people with special needs, and therefore should be optimised for effective use alongside a range of abilities or challenges. This is where content comes in—every content provider should keep accessibility in mind when devising their website and online strategy. And ALHAUS is here to help by providing a monthly roundup of the latest news in accessibility and inclusivity.
Here are this month’s top picks:
Instagram has announced two major accessibility improvements to give those with visual impairments a better experience on the social media platform. Automatic alternative text and custom alternative text will offer users the ability to hear descriptions of photos.
Visuals are a core part of video-game design. They can enhance gameplay and make a narrative more immersive—or, done poorly, ruin an experience altogether. Either way, visually-impaired players don’t have access to them. In recent years, companies and researchers have increasingly tried to address that issue.
At Microsoft’s annual Future Decoded event in London this year, accessibility was a big topic of conversation. On stage, Microsoft demonstrated some of the innovations it has made in the space this year, such as its adaptive Xbox controller designed specifically for gamers with limited mobility—and a new hiring programme for people with autism who were being left behind in the traditional recruitment process.
Awareness of the importance of web accessibility has grown among university leaders in recent years, partly due to numerous well-publicized lawsuits. Yet ensuring that every aspect of a university's sprawling web presence meets recommended web accessibility standards remains a huge challenge.
To check that your content is complying with the latest accessibility guidelines, contact the experts at ALHAUS. We have a wealth of experience in helping clients ensure that their valuable work reaches everyone.