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AEGIS paper wins the “Judges Award” at the “Web Accessibility Challenge” (sponsored by Microsoft)

An AEGIS paper recently presented in April 2010 at the 7th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility (W4A 2010) by CERTH/ITI has won the “Judges Award” at the “Web Accessibility Challenge” (sponsored by Microsoft). The paper entitled is "3D HapticWebBrowser: Towards Universal Web Navigation for the Visually Impaired – Judges Award at W4A 2010 Web Accessibility Challenge". Authors were: Kaklanis, N., Votis, K., Moustakas, K. & Tzovaras, D. It has been published in the Proceedings of the International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility (W4A 2010), 26th & 27th April 2010, Raleigh, NC, USA.
In this paper the “3D HapticWebBrowser” which is an application that enables haptic navigation through the web for the visually impaired users, is presented. The application is based on an innovative interaction technique according to which each HTML component is being transformed into a 3D virtual object with haptic and audio feedback. The application also supports the haptic exploration of 2D maps found on the web.

 
A Giant Leap and a Big Deal: Delivering on the Promise of Equal Access to Broadband for People with Disabilities

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission – USA) released “A Giant Leap and a Big Deal: Delivering on the Promise of Equal Access to Broadband for People with Disabilities“. It is the second paper in a series of working papers that are being released in conjunction with the USA’s National Broadband Plan, and it is the first time the Commission has issued a working paper addressing accessibility and technology issues.
References are being made to EU backed initiatives such as the ÆGIS project.

 
AEGIS presents Personas at CSUN 2010

The 25th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference took place on  March 22-27, 2010, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, in San Diego, CA, USA.

AEGIS, in collaboration with ACCESSIBLE project presented the concept of "personas".

  • Access the personas presentation: (slideshow, pdf, txt)
 
Presentations at FOSS-AMA satellite event at ETAPS 2010

 

ETAPS logoÆGIS organised the FOSS-AMA satellite event at ETAPS 2010 (European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software). This satellite event entitled FOSS‐AMA (Free and Open Source Software ‐ for Accessible Mainstream Applications), brought together the most recent achievements and experts in Open Source Community and Accessibility. 3rd generation access techniques and their potential for more accessible mainstream ICT for end‐users and relevant toolkits for developers were explored. Interactive demos embellished the presentations sessions.

The event was spread over 2 days.

Below are the presentations:

  • Programme (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • ÆGIS-ACCESSIBLE: Users Involvement Driving Accessibility Forward (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Harmonisation Methodology of Accessibility Components (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Use Cases towards All Inclusive Mainstream ICT (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • How to Prepare for an Inclusive Future: Identifying Enablers for Upcoming Interaction Technologies (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Standards-based Content Resources: a Prerequisite for Content Integration and Content Interoperability (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Improved Accessibility in Maps for Visually Impaired Users (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Incorporating ARIA into Web Toolkit (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Open-Source Concept Coded Graphic Symbol support in OpenOffice.org (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Odt2DAISY: Producing Digital Talking Books with Open-Source Software (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • An Approximation Simulator for the Design and Development of Accessible Java Swing Applications (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Java User Interfaces for Accessible Mobile Applications (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Designing Mobile Applications for All: Accessible Contact Manager (slideshow, pdf, txt)
  • Towards Mobile Web Accessibility Evaluation (slideshow, pdf, txt)
 
1st Pilot Prototype Audio Files (TTS)

For the first pilot, users will be able to evaluate 4 pre-recorded audio files that were created with the eSpeak TTS Engine. Each audio file is a reading of a pre-selected text, from the europa.eu website.

There are 4 audio files for each language:

  • One recorded with the pitch value at 50 and Speed value at 170
  • One recorded with the pitch value at 90 and Speed value at 170
  • One recorded with the pitch value at 50 and Speed value at 260
  • One recorded with the pitch value at 90 and Speed value at 260

For each language, the default voice of the eSpeak has been chosen.

The following table provides the list of the available audio files (in ogg speex codec and MP3), for the available pilot languages.

 Pitch 50
Speed 170
Pitch 50
Speed 260
Pitch 90
Speed 170
Pitch 90
Speed 260
Text Files
English Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Text File , Web Link
Greek Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Text File , Web Link
French Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Text File , Web Link
Dutch Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Text File , Web Link
Swedish Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Text File , Web Link
Spanish Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Speex File MP3 File Text File , Web Link

For the evaluation, the questionnaire that was compiled with the guidance of the "Synthetic speech evaluation protocol" of RNIB Centre for Accessible Information, will be used.

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