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National City Kids now PNC

April 25th, 2011

 

National City Kids

National City Kids

The children’s site we built for National City Kids has been taken down, unfortunately. We heard that National City has been taken over by PNC.

You can still view the entire kids site however, on the Raining Popcorn website here: http://rainingpopcornmedia.com/NC

John Slatin’s Access-U 2011

April 25th, 2011

It’s time again! DoodleDoo will host classes this coming Access-U at Knowbility! The classes will be held at St Edwards University in Austin, TX. Here is an overview of the class we will teach:

Accessible Flash II: An Introduction
Learn how to make Flash content 508 accessible.

Duration: 3 hrs
Type: lecture/ workshop
Pre-requisites: none
 
This workshop will cover all the necessary steps in making Flash content fully 508 compliant. Through hands-on practice you will learn how to program content in Flash so it can be read by a screen reader. You will also learn how to program keyboard shortcuts and make Flash content accessible through the keyboard alone.

You can attend this course if you are a novice, intermediate or advanced Flash developer, or if you just want to know more on how Flash is made accessible.
 
You will get:

·         The guide: Making Flash Accessible: A Quick Guide

·         A downloadable package that contains the practice and answer files to the workshop activities.

Register for classes here:
http://www.knowbility.org/v/accessu-detail/John-Slatin-AccessU/39/

Hope to see you there!

FOTB Tomorrow!

September 20th, 2009

I arrived in Brighton, UK today!! The Flash on the Beach conference started today with several workshops. Tomorrow, I will be hosting our session on Accessible Action Games at 2:45PM! Here is a sneek preview of some of the games that will be covered in the session:

See you there!

Mr. Accessible!

May 15th, 2009

We are finaly done with our presentation for Adobe ‘Creating Accessible Sites in Flash’! Produced by Knowbility and made for Adobe, this presentation gives an overview of all the different things you can do to make Flash accessible for users with a visual, hearing or mobility impairment.

The presentation itself is fully accessible, with keyboard shortcuts, closed captioning and audio descriptions, written by Knowbility. The piece will be hosted on the Adobe website.

Stay tuned for the final URL!

Access-U 2009

May 14th, 2009

I just came back from Access-U, hosted by Knowbility in Austin, Texas at St Edwards University. We had a great time! I taught two classes on accessible Flash. Here are a few photos of the event:

   

   

   

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March 31st, 2009
 
We are now on facebook! Make sure to stop by and fan us!
Become a fan of DoodleDoo on facebook, to get regular updates on our work and our research on your regular facebook page.

Sign Up for Access-U May 11-13!

March 31st, 2009

I am teaching the following accessible Flash classes at the John Slatin Access-U in Austin, in May! Check them out:

Accessible Flash I: Quality Assurance
Learn how to evaluate accessible Flash
Learn how to evaluate Flash for accessibility. This lecture will go through a checklist of accessible Flash requirements and will discuss several different case studies of Flash evaluations. You will learn just enough about Flash to be able to test for accessibility and give recommendations for improvement.

Accessible Flash II: An Introduction
Learn how to make Flash content 508 accessible
This workshop will cover all the necessary steps in making Flash content fully 508 compliant. Through hands–on practice you will learn how to program content in Flash so it can be read by a screen reader. You will also learn how to program keyboard shortcuts and make Flash content accessible through the keyboard alone.

Sign-up here!

Great Panel at SXSW09

March 24th, 2009

I had a great time at SXSW09 on Andrew Kirkpatricks panel ‘Accessible Flash and Flex Applications’. I met Niqui Merret from www.jadehopper.com and Alaric Cole from Yahoo! We talked about accessible Flash and Flex, and I showed two of our accessible Flash games, a memory game and a whack-a-mole game, both of which are accessible to screen readers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CalWAC Classes- sign up now!

December 13th, 2008

Sign up now to reserve your place at CalWAC – California Web Accessibility Conference coming to CSU Long Beach on January 12th 2009!

We will be teaching 3 different Flash accessibility classes. Read more about the class descriptions here.

Accessible Flash I: Quality Assurance
Learn how to evaluate Flash for accessibility. This lecture will go through a checklist of accessible Flash requirements and will discuss several different case studies of Flash evaluations. You will learn just enough about Flash to be able to test for accessibility and give recommendations for improvement.

Accessible Flash II: An Introduction
This workshop will cover all the necessary steps in making Flash content fully 508 compliant. Through hands-on practice you will learn how to program content in Flash so it can be read by a screen reader. You will also learn how to program keyboard shortcuts and make Flash content accessible through the keyboard alone.

Accessible Flash III: Applied Practices
In this workshop, you will get the chance to re-visit the exercises from the Accessible Flash II introduction course in more detail, and work on making a small Flash site accessible. You can attend this workshop if you are a novice, intermediate or advanced Flash developer.

Register now!

Readability

September 29th, 2008

An important part of usability and accessibility is the reading ease of text. Especially when designing content for educational media, we have to make sure that the reading level of the text meets the respective target audiences. We test all the text that we write for educational children’s media against the following tests:

Spache – useful for primary age (Kindergarten to 7th grade) readers to help classify school textbooks and literature. Also defined a list of difficult words.
Powers, Sumner, Kearl – useful for most text geared towards primary age (Kindergarten to 7th grade) readers.
Fry – useful for most text, including literature and technical documents.
Coleman-Liau – useful for secondary age (4th grade to college level) readers. This formula is based on text from the .4 to 16.3 grade level range.

Any educational project should always address the ease of reading. By taking the average of these readability formulas, we determine the reading ease of our scripts.