I hope you had a chance to read Collective Intelligence: Include The Disabled for Success.
We talked about how collective intelligence can facilitate increased productivity if all can have equal access to the tools needed to do his or her job efficiently and effectively. We talked about why it is essential to develop, maintain and procure accessible and usable applications, including web pages with universal design following such standards like the ones that are available at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Maybe you are new to accessibility and usability and want to learn more about this topic. Perhaps you are looking to improve your knowledge in this aspect of technology. You want to fully embrace the benefits of Collective Intelligence so you can take full advantage of your skilled workforce to allow you to better compete in your local or global marketplace. I went completely blind one day after work in 1999 because of a critical illness that hit without warning. I have used computers with eyesight for many years as a application programmer, systems administrator and network engineer and now without eyesight as a project manager using screen readers and truly know the importance of usable and accessible tools. If any of that sounds like you; I think you will find the following video useful.
The Professionals" video series, Shawn Henry of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) from World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) talked with Kazuhito Kidachi about:
• Shared responsibilities between web site developers, browsers, and assistive technologies.
• The importance of authoring tools supporting accessibility.
• Different types of authoring tools, including content management systems.
• How WCAG 2.0 and WAI-ARIA address the more difficult aspects of Web accessibility.
• WAI's outreach resources.
• What led Shawn to accessibility?
The video has English audio (after a short Japanese introduction) and Japanese subtitles. Text transcripts are available in Japanese and English. To watch video open URL below.
Did you learn anything new from video? Do you feel you have more tools to aid in allowing all to participate so you can take full advantage of Collective Intelligence? Do you have any success stories you want to share about implementing usability and accessibility programs for your internal tools? Any other thoughts or comments. We all look forward to hearing from you.
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