Digital Accessibility News

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When Bold Glamour launched on TikTok earlier this year, it started a storm on social media. The viral beautifying filter uses machine learning technology to edit users’ facial features in photographs and video, sculpting cheekbones, smoothing out skin and brightening eyes, all with unsettling realism. Some on social media were impressed by the technology, but many expressed concern about the way filters can promote unrealistic...
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With more than 3 billion estimated players around the world today, the video game industry has grown far beyond its kid-focused, arcade origins. Yet while more people pick up and play, limitations of the games still leave some behind. It used to be rare to have settings to adjust anything beyond volume control. Options for subtitles, the ability to completely remap the controller or change...
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Manolo Blahnik USA Ltd. is facing a class action lawsuit claiming that its website, manoloblahnik.com, is not accessible to those who are visually impaired or legally blind. The website is not accessible via screen reader and it does not have alternative text, it has broken links and it does not include text to go along with images, according to the Manolo Blahnik class action....
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Nadia Mattiazzo remembers going to her regular café one day back in 2016 and trying to buy a cup of coffee. To her shock and dismay, she found there was no way she could pay for it. Mattiazzo, who is blind, said the café had installed a new eftpos machine overnight which had a touchscreen. With no fixed buttons to help her orientate the location...
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A legally blind man is suing OH! Nuts, alleging the company’s website is not accessible to people using a screen reader. Plaintiff Randy Sanchez filed the class action lawsuit against OH! Nuts Inc. on April 7 in a New York federal court, alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act....
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The Washington Post today announces accessibility guidelines are available as part of its open-source design system. Launched last year, this system made fundamental code that powers The Post and its features publicly available for the first time. These guidelines can be used by anyone, including those outside of The Post. They include an accessibility checklist, testing strategies and considerations to make when creating online content....
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Accessibility is continuously evolving. Despite games consistently including options like customizable controls, subtitles, and colorblind settings, the tools that disabled players require are still changing to not only meet the needs of users, but games themselves. With the progression of technology, developers can fine-tune existing options or even create new features like Audio Descriptive Cutscenes. But what role does AI play in game accessibility? AI...
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House of Lashes failed to make its website fully accessible to and independently usable by individuals who are blind or visually impaired, a new class action lawsuit alleges. Plaintiff Jasmine Toro, who is legally blind, claims House of Lashes’s website contains access barriers to screen-reading software used by individuals who are blind or visually impaired to access the internet....
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Hasbro Inc. has failed to make its website fully accessible to and independently usable by individuals who are blind or visually impaired, a new class action lawsuit alleges. Plaintiff Luis Toro, a legally blind man, claims Hasbro’s website contains access barriers to screen-reading software used by individuals who are blind or visually impaired to scan the internet....
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The Amsoil website is not fully accessible to blind and visually-impaired people, denying them equal access to goods and services, a class action lawsuit alleges. Plaintiff Janelys Hernandez says she is legally blind and requires screen-reading software to access website content on her computer. She says she attempted to purchase transmission fluid from the Amsoil website but was unable to independently complete the transaction due...
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San Francisco-based independent Artificial Intelligence research lab Midjourney unveiled their new “/describe” feature that transforms images into words in a tweet. The company, popular for its AI-fueled ability to create images based on a series of prompts, launched more features including “repeat” and “permutations” for its pro subscribers. Paul DelSignore, creative technologist and artificial intelligence aficionado, took to Medium to break down how these could...
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NEW DELHI: As many as 95 central government ministries' websites have been made accessible to differently-abled persons. Apart from this, 676 websites of various states have also been made accessible for them, according to sources aware of developments. An integrated browser-based tool with text-to-speech and text-to-Braille System that provides a verbal description of all events of a web page, including links, buttons, check box, text...