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Submission + - Access Board Releases New Draft of 508 ICT Rule fo (access-board.gov)

beetle496 writes: "The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment a revised draft of updated accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. This latest version includes changes made in response to public feedback received on an earlier draft issued last year. The released draft is available for public comment until March 7. During the comment period, the Board will hold public hearings in Washington, D.C. on January 11 and at the annual CSUN Conference in San Diego on March 1."

Submission + - Microsoft Backtracks on Accessibility in WP7 (afb.org)

beetle496 writes: One of the things Microsoft has done well for many years now (since they got called on the carpet about Windows 95) is providing compatibility with assistive technology used by the blind. Their current push is for a set of APIs called User Automation. Many of us in the field have remained skeptical of the early promises, especially those related to cross-platform compatibility. The news that Microsoft is now backtracking is disappointing, but hardly surprising. It looks like IAccessible2 is the way to go.

Submission + - Fed CIOs want to hear from you! (federalregister.gov)

beetle496 writes: Chicago, 30 Sept. Listening Session: In order to better understand the needs of diverse communities and provide better solutions, the U.S. Council of CIOs, in collaboration with the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy and the U.S. Access Board, is holding the first in a series of listening sessions to engage citizens and employees in expressing concerns and proposing ideas. This continues a recent theme.
The Internet

Submission + - Dept. of Justice considers Web for ADA (federalregister.gov)

beetle496 writes: The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on the Accessibility of Web Information and Services Provided by Entities Covered by the ADA (i.e., State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations). You can read the fact sheet, or the entire notice. In short, the Department is seeking comments on their desire to revise regulation to “establish specific requirements for State and local governments and public accommodations to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities”. The Department is seeking specific comment on many things including the standards they should adopt, and if there should be any exemptions for certain entities (e.g., small business) before they publish their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. This is amazing news! The impact that this will have for individuals with disabilities cannot be expressed. It is time for our digital society to forever include individuals of all abilities. The period of public comment is open for 180 days.

Submission + - Draft Federal ICT accessibility requirements (access-board.gov)

beetle496 writes: Accessibility (to people with disabilities) gets its fair amount of play on /. so news that the Access Board is updating its Federal ICT standards should be of interest. The current requirements (which will not be changing anytime soon) date from 2000, so they have gotten more than a little obsolete. The last real benchmark for accessibility standards (WCAG 2.0) generated predicable comments, so how about stepping up your game and making a submission to Regulations.gov instead?
The Internet

Submission + - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 now final (w3.org)

beetle496 writes: "It has been going on nine years now, but finally there are formal standards for web accessibility for technologies other than HTML. They ask that you start with the press release (lots of links) but regulars might be more entertained by the last time WCAG made the /. front page. Many folks here will point out that web accessibility is old hat, and by implication this is hardly news, but if you do web development for any government organization, you should expect that accessibility is a base requirement. The Section 508 standards are to be updated (relatively) soon too."
United States

Submission + - Update on NFB v. Target (w3.org)

beetle496 writes: "This is TFA for now:

This email is to update the list regarding the NFB v. Target web accessibility litigation.

Today the judge in the matter has issued her opinion regarding the motion to certify a class action. The motion has been granted and now moves forward as a class action on behalf of persons who are blind in California and in the United States who have attempted to access the Target.com website and as a result have been denied access to the enjoyment of goods and services offered in Target stores.

ICDRI will post the opinion once permission has been granted for us to post it.

Best regards,
Cynthia Waddell

Background is available.

Let the flaming begin about how your freedom of expression trumps my civil rights.

The writing is on the wall: Learn to write valid code or get different work."

Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun Microsystems quits GSA multiple award contract (govexec.com)

beetle496 writes: "From TFA:

Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Friday that it is canceling its multiple award schedule contract with the General Services Administration amid an ongoing investigation into the contract’s renewal and the company’s pricing for information technology products and services.
The article hints at scandal, but I am betting that the problem is more likely incompetence and prejudicial Windows-centric contract vehicles that make it all but impossible for Sun to compete. How hard is it to believe that Lurita Doan could be one of the rare bureaucrats that understands technology (more so than Brian Miller and the three underlings she vetoed)?"


Submission + - Judge denies Diebold request to block ES&S pac

beetle496 writes: "Computer World reports that Judge denies Diebold request to block ES&S pact with Massachusetts. This is a follow-up to earlier /. story that Vendor [Diebold] contends state erred in selecting AutoMark voting machines of rival. From TFA: "The suit is still there, but they went zero for three yesterday," the spokesman said. No further hearings have been scheduled yet, he said. The actual accessibility concerns have been discussed over at the TEITAC ListServ, including a few telling observations from experts familar with accessible voting and at least one state insider."

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