Category Archives: Accessibility

A Visit to Maker Commons

This post documents the experience of getting a print from the Penn State Maker Commons service. The good thing about Maker Commons is that you don’t need direct access to a 3D printer nor do you need to learn how … Continue reading

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Accessibility: Should We Kill the Carousel?

The more I work with accessibility, the more I see the connection that accessibility and usability are strongly tied together. If a type of interface element is difficulty to make “accessible”, chances are that there may be a problem with … Continue reading

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Actors Replacing Instructors?

Campus Technology has an article in a recent issue about Purdue using actors instead of instructors to present video content. At first I had a knee jerk “The Apcolypse is here” reaction, but the article raised some interesting points worth … Continue reading

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3D Print Test Run

This week, I commissioned a 3D model of a trigonometric curve from the ETS 3D Print shop and was able to do a quick usability test with some volunteers from the TLT accessibility team on what kinds of information could … Continue reading

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Descriptive vs Prescriptive Standards

Descriptive and Prescriptive Grammars A useful distinction linguists make in describing grammars is “prescriptive” vs. “descriptive” grammars. Simply put, the difference is the prescriptive grammar is what your teacher tells you to do, but descriptive grammar is what actually happens. … Continue reading

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Accessibility Workflow in Higher Ed vs Federal Agencies

We’ve been trying out a few products to accessify documents, particularly PDF documents. We have to admit the products work and the vendors are very supportive, but I have been struck at how vendors are assuming a particular model for … Continue reading

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Random Word Accessibility Tips

There are lots of standard strategies for making more accessible Word files, but even so I have learned some new tricks this week. Tip 1: Right Click to Modify Heading Styles Using heading styles in Word such as Heading 1 … Continue reading

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Possible Improvement in Speech Recognition?

One of the challenges of video captioning is that it does rely human intervention to achieve the most accurate results. That’s because speech recognition is only reliable in certain circumstances, usually when the speaker has set up a profile on … Continue reading

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MathML on ANGEL

I’m prepping for a STEM Accessibility webinar and I am happy to announce that ANGEL does support MathML, at least for browsers that are able to display it. For accessibility purposes, my goal is to ensure that MathML is displayed … Continue reading

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Why “Accessify” is a Word

The accessibility been using the verb “accessify” in recent months and a question that has come up is – “Is accessify a word?” My answer is yes, and most linguists would agree. Here’s why: It Sounds Like English With very … Continue reading

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