April 07, 2014, 6:30 AM — Accessibility Today reported last week that Apple will be teaming up with Freedom Scientific, the makers of the JAWS screen reader, in an effort to improve Apple's screenreader offerings. Whether this means JAWS for Mac is coming soon or, instead, improvements to VoiceOver remains to be seen. Hopefully, we'll learn more at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference in June.
[UPDATE 4/8/14: Apparently the rumor of Apple and Freedom Scientific was a hoax. We apologize for the confusion.]
Here are some other recent news items and information about the development of accessible technology:
Last week Access IQ published an interview with Michael Curran, the co-founder of NV Access, the creators of the NVDA screen reader, about what the recent W3C decision to make ARIA an official web standard means for the developers of screen readers.
Here's a very interesting article in the Monterey County Weekly about Kevin Miller, the original developer of Quail, how he got involved in programming and creating accessible technology and how software patents could derail his work.
Designer Stéphanie Walter has shared tips and tools for creating an accessible and contrasted color palette, and why proper color contrast affects everybody, not just those with color blindness.
Amit Diwan shared a number of World Health Organization statistics last month about people with disabilities as a way to emphasize the importance of web accessibility.
This Thursday, April 10th, SSB Bart Group is offering a free webinar for online retailers to discuss ADA web accessibility requirements and suggest best practices for being in compliance, including mobile.
Was there other news or interesting information from the world of accessible technology that I missed? Let me know in the comments.
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