A collaborative approach to Web accessibility

On my last visit to IBM’s Tokyo Research Lab, I had the pleasure of meeting Chieko Asakawa, lead researcher behind many of IBM’s breakthroughs in accessibility technology. She was also inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame a few years ago.

The latest in her string of projects on alphaWorks is the Social Accessibility Project — a service that gathers feedback from the community to make Web pages more accessible to people with disabilities. This project is gaining in popularity and getting a lot of media attention because of its collaborative approach to addressing accessibility using features such as comments, discussions, measurements, and incentives to get the community involved. Definitely worth checking out.

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