W3C’s TPAC (Technical Plenary Advisory Committee) Meeting, Oct. 22-26, 2018
TPAC this year was held in Lyon, France, with DIAGRAM’s Charles LaPierre focusing on the topics of math accessibility and personalization. The Math on the Web community group met with both the Accessible Platforms Architecture WP (Working Group) and the CSS WG, capturing lots of interest and plans for future collaboration. Meanwhile, the Personalization Task Force met with the Web Platforms WG to share work being explored around personalizing the web. The Web Platforms WG shared insights and requested a follow-up meeting to decide on a final approach to how this will be technically implemented. We are excited about what’s to come in 2019 and at the next TPAC gathering!
Accessing Higher Ground conference, Nov. 13-16, 2018
EPUB Accessibility was showcased front and center with an entire track dedicated to EPUB accessibility. Math accessibility was another huge topic at this conference, with George Kerscher and Charles LaPierre presenting on the state of the art of accessible math in EPUB. Our friends at the University of Colorado Boulder’s PhET program presented their accessible interactive simulations to teachers who were excited about using these simulations in their classrooms. Bryan Gould with NCAM explained how to create video descriptions using their free tool, CADET. Benetech’s Global Certified Accessible program, which certifies accessible EPUB books, was discussed in a number of sessions including one presented by Robin Seaman and George Kerscher. Three of the top educational publishers in the U.S. highlighted Benetech’s Global Certified Accessible program in their presentation on what they are doing to making EPUBs accessible.
Accessible Publishing Working Group Summit, Jan. 28-29, 2019
Charles LaPierre will be attending this summit in early 2019. The summit will be composed of about fifteen stakeholders in the eBook production and distribution chain (authors, editors, designers, publishers, distributors, librarians, and alternate-format producers). Each stakeholder group will help develop, compile, and distribute a set of best practices and techniques on accessible publishing relevant to their community.
Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Indianapolis, Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2019
Lisa Wadors will be presenting the findings of the 2018 DIAGRAM Report at this conference
Web4All Conference, May 13-14, 2019 & DIAGRAM Code Sprint May 15-16, 2019
Editor’s note: Contributed by Volker Sorge
The Web4All conference (W4A) is the premier venue for web accessibility research comprised of keynote lectures, contributed presentations, and a concluding hackathon. Next year is its 16th edition and we are particularly excited to join forces with the DIAGRAM Center by combining their successful annual code sprint with W4A’s hackathon. The joint event will be held on May 15-16, 2019, while Web4All itself will be on May 13-14 2019, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, in conjunction with the Web Conference.
Every year we emphasize one research topic that is particularly timely and challenging. In 2019, this topic will be “Personalization – Personalizing the Web” and we encourage everyone with interest in this theme, the goals of the DIAGRAM Center or web accessibility in general, to join us for the hackathon in San Francisco, or submit your work to the conference. For more information, please visit http://w4a.info.