January 20, 2014, 6:40 AM —
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Happy Monday - and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
Here are some interesting stories and links about the development of accessible technology that I've read in the last week.
Chris Hofstader, who is blind, recently put a Nexus 7 tablet through its paces and found Android to be disappointingly inaccessible. Likewise, a deaf user found Google's BrailleBack accessibility service to also be extremely disappointing and hopes Google developers can make it better.
Last week I mentioned QUAIL, an open source jQuery plugin for checking your content against accessibility guidelines. Here's more detail on QUAIL from J. Renée Beach on the people behind QUAIL, the upcoming roadmap for it and how you can participate.
Speaking of jQuery, here a post from the jQuery Foundation in which (among other things) they discuss their involvement with the Web Accessibility Initiative.
Dennis Lembree, a developer on the accessibility team at PayPal, wrote up a nice blog post on how to create an accessible web page toggle switch.
Here's a neat tool by Lea Verou to let you see the contrast ratio between text and background colors and whether it passes accessibility guidelines.
Tech entrepreneur Hyungsoo Kim discusses a revelation he had about designing products for the disabled that everyone should bear in mind.
Know of any other recent accessible tech stories you'd like to share? Send ‘em my way.
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