I host this domain as a website sandbox for causes, and the people and organizations that support them. One of my main concerns is for accessibility, and to do what I can to remove the requirement for health or wealth to access the Internet, and the information it delivers. To that end, in January 2015 I moved to using Twitter Bootstrap Version 3 as a framework for this site, as I found the accessibility features greatly improved over version 2.
The focus of my work here is to ensure information is available on mobile devices, as such devices are essentially affordable mini-computers. This helps citizens who would otherwise be unable to afford a computer have access to all the Internet has to offer. Mobile devices are also easier for those with disabilities to use. In either case, ensuring websites are mobile-friendly help remove the requirement of wealth and health that one must have in order to access information on the Internet.
In addition, I work to ensure the site is friendly to assistive technology, such as NVDA, JAWS, and Dragon Naturally Speaking.
Moving to the new framework greatly supports these aims. The site is much cleaner, and therefore easier for assistive technology to use. I have also changed how I markup text, to align with HTML5, the latest version of HTML and XHTML.
One other point: it's important to me that accessibility initiatives not be limited to English-speakers only. To that end, I pursue localization efforts where-ever possible.
Working with Robert
I am very fortunate to be working with Robert right now, a friend with multiple disabilities who is teaching me much. Together, we work to ensure websites are accessible, at least in terms of using Dragon Naturally Speaking. It's the assistive technology he relies on to get through his day. I find using and understanding the Dragon actually more difficult than using screenreaders, as a user is subject to both visual cues as well as HTML hierarchy on the website.
In early 2014, Carol Hixson, Dean of Library at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at USFSP, asked Dr. Casey Frechette to undertake a study that would lead to the development of a robust, interactive web presence for USFSP's online students, consulting with all invested parties on campus and beyond.
Dr. Frechette pulled together a small team including Berrie Watson, Head, Library Systems and Digital Technology, and Sharon Austin, Library Web Applications Specialist, to begin the study. In the fall, they produced a report that was subsequently reviewed and approved by Regional Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Han Reichgelt, and by the College and Library Deans in late October. The full report can be found at: http://dspace.nelson.usf.edu/xmlui/handle/10806/12977
Screenshots of languages below were not announced by JAWS (Version 16, Tested on IE, using Desktop). The languages with the Chinese characters, i.e., Japanese, Chinese long-form and short-form were announced by NVDA (2014.3), but only as "Chinese Characters" (Please note the testing was done with English selected as the language to run. Will retest with other settings). NVDA read the Korean language correctly. In the case of my_MM, it read the first two numbers correctly and then added a third number that did not match the display.