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DIAGRAM Community Spotlight (New!)

2015 December 23
by Amaya Webster

Introducing the new DIAGRAM Community Spotlight section

The DIAGRAM community has so many people accomplishing such great things and doing such tremendous work for accessibility and education, we feel it’s only right to recognize these efforts. If you or someone you know has done something you think should be highlighted in the DIAGRAM blog’s new Community Spotlight section, let us know! Email info[at]Diagram[dot]org.

Congratulations to DIAGRAM community members Volker Sorge and Neil Soiffer for winning Best Paper awards at the Web for All conference!

  • Dr. Volker Sorge is part of the company Progressive Accessibility Solutions which produces software solutions for web accessibility. Their aim is to make content accessible for readers with visual impairments and print disabilities, when standard assistive technologies cannot.  One such example is the work they have done on accessible chemical diagrams. Interactive, fully accessible technology for the study of chemical molecule diagrams that allows the direct translation of images into fully web accessible SVG diagrams. Examples of how it works can be found at http://progressiveaccess.com/chemistry/index.php.

Volker recently wrote a paper expounding on the lack of accessible science diagrams and how his work on      accessible chemical diagrams seeks to addresses this gap. His paper won the Web For All Conference Best Paper  Award and was published in Ability Magazine. Partial text can be found at  http://www.abilitymagazine.com/W4A-winners-Neil-Soiffer-Dr-Volker-Sorge-Ather-Sharif.html.

 

  • Dr. Neil Soiffer has long been a leader in accessible math with his work at Design Science Inc., creators of MathPlayer, a tool that can read the math on a webpage to a user, helping to make math more accessible. When Neil joined Design Science, MathPlayer was a free Internet Explorer plug-in, still in its first iteration. Now in its fourth iteration, the beta version of MathPlayer 4 was recently released. Features include the ability to move around different parts of an equation, text highlighting and compatibility with Microsoft Word.

Neil wrote a paper on how he became involved in MathPlayer, how it has grown and what it is becoming. His paper won the Web For All Conference Best Paper Award and was published in Ability Magazine. Partial text can be found at http://www.abilitymagazine.com/W4A-winners-Neil-Soiffer-Dr-Volker-Sorge-Ather-Sharif.html

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