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6 March, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

BarrierBreaks Shilpi Kapoor named as OpenAir Advisory Chair, Knowbility

BarrierBreak founder Shilpi Kapoor has been named as the OpenAir Advisory Chair.  In 2017, Shilpi Kapoor, Founder and CEO of BarrierBreak will chair the OpenAIR program. Knowbility was seeking international leadership as the program has grown from a local one day hackathon into a globally recognized training and development competition. Shilpi is a serial social…

20 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Accessibility Testing – Offshore & Captive Model

2016 has seen a surge in the demand of accessibility testing services due to the compliance requirements particularly due to various laws and standards in the US, Canada, Australia, and EU. Whether it is the need to comply with Section 508, 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), Air Carrier Access Act, or the…

14 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Accessible modal dialogs: A tricky minefield

We at BarrierBreak get to look at a lot of sites and analyse their accessibility errors and successes. One of the most common pain points we find are inaccessible modal dialogs. Modal dialogs have always been common, but it seems in the last few years, their popularity has increased. From sign-up forms, to dialogs asking…

2 February, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

Opportunities for Skill Development of People with low vision

If you are an NGO working on skill development of people with low vision, this is an opportunity you cannot resists! Don’t know what technology to teach them? Don’t know how to overcome the barriers of inaccessible technology at the workplace? We have just the solution for employment of people with low vision! BarrierBreak &…

2 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

The world of digital publishing has just taken a very important step

If you’re familiar with e-books, then you most probably are aware of the ePub standard. It has wide support, which continues to grow. Many digital book reading apps like iBooks on Mac and iOS as well as Google Books support it. Some notable exceptions are there, but the overall trend in the industry is that…

1 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Some new and upcoming changes to the land of accessibility guidelines and standards

We welcome 2017 by celebrating a lot of big changes happening in the land of accessibility guidelines and standards. The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and WCAG 2.1 One of the biggest news is that W3C group previously called the “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group” is now renamed to simply the “Accessibility Guidelines Working Group”…

25 November, 2016 Ramya Venkitesh

Why testing with people with disabilities is important?

The terms usability and accessibility though closely related are often confused. A technically accessible product does not necessarily imply that it is usable, especially for people with disabilities who use various assistive technology. While accessibility refers to providing access a product, website, or an application to all including people with disabilities, usability is a measure…

7 November, 2016 Shilpi Kapoor

Explaining the Marrakesh Treaty for publishers and disability people’s organizations.

As per the the World Health Organization, there are around 285 million blind and people with visual impairment in the world, of which 90 per cent live in developing countries. As per the World Blind Union, of the million books published every year in the world, less than 10 per cent are made available in…