GW Micro and Ai Squared tie the knot

In today's accessible technology roundup: The makers of Window-Eyes and ZoomText merge, a sneak peak at accessibility improvements in Drupal 8 and a host of tips for making your website or mobile app more accessible


The makers of two popular web accessibiliy tools are becoming one

Image credit: flickr/Roland Tanglao (license)

The big news from the accessible technology world last week was the announced merger of GW Micro, the makers of the Window-Eyes screenreader, and Ai Squared, the makers of the ZoomText screen magnifier. The GW Micro team will now become part of Ai Squared and will continue to support Window-Eyes. Crista Earl of the American Federation for the Blind offered some thoughts on what this merger will mean for customers. [via Interactive Accessibility]

Here are some other recent news items and information about the development of accessible technology:

  • Drupal 8’s core accessibility maintainer Mike Gifford wrote last week about the accessibility improvements coming in Drupal 8 core, including adoption of HTML5 and ARIA, improved color contrast and underlining main content links by default.

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day is coming up next week (May 15th). Here are some great ways to participate.

  • Confused about what exactly constitutes a “decorative image” and how best to deal with it for accessibility purposes? Dey Alexander of 4 Syllables wrote a good article addressing these questions.

  • Are you a mobile developer? Then take a look at this checklist of accessibility requirements recently created by Yura Zenevich, an accessibility engineer at Mozilla.

Finally, here’s a simple but important accessibility tip from Sina Bahram:

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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