International accessibility roundup


As experts in content management, we know how vital it is that your great content reaches everyone.

At ALHAUS, we believe one of the best ways to do this is through inclusive technologies that facilitate equal access for everyone. Every month we publish a roundup of the latest and greatest in news and technological developments in international accessibility to keep you up-to-date on this important field. Here are this month’s news stories:

Possible future directions for data on the web (W3C)

Phil Archer

Phil Archer outlines what he thinks are the possible directions for accessible data management on the web. He is leaving W3C to focus on accessibility in retail management. In the article, Archer makes suggestions for the fields of spatial data, research data, linked data, AI, and vocabulary data. 

Number of people with vision disabilities to triple by 2050: Study (Global Accessibility News)

A study conducted by the Anglia Ruskin University found that by 2050, 115 million people could have visual impairments. This is a staggering increase from the current population of 36 million and highlights the need for more accessible technologies and research for individuals with sight loss.

Tim Berners-Lee awarded 2016 ACM A.M. Turing prize (W3C)

Coralie Mercier

Tim Bernes-Lee has won the ACM A.M. Turing prize for his work in online privacy and government transparency. He is the founder of W3C, which sets the standards for web development including how to make the internet fully accessible. The article features a short documentary of Berners-Lee talking about his vision for the internet.

For less than $100, team builds glove to translate sign language into text (Silicon Republic)

Colm Gorey

An exciting new development from a team at the University of California helps to bridge the communication divide between the deaf and the hearing. They have developed a smart glove that easily translates sign language to text, at an affordable price. The glove uses flexible strain sensors to track the movements of the hand and transmit the data across bluetooth to a smartphone or other devices. The glove is still in testing but the team hopes to bring it to market soon.

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