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  • s about making our world work better.
    It's about "Making Life Easy" and user friendly. Technology today is too hard to use. A cell phone should be as easy to access as a doorknob. In order to humanize a world that uses technology as an infrastructure for education, healthcare, transportation, government, communication, entertainment, work and other areas, we must develop these technologies in a way that serves people first…

    World Usability Day was founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Usability Professionals' Association to ensure that services and products important to human life are easier to access and simpler to use. Each year, on the second Thursday of November, over 200 events are organized in over 43 countries around the world to raise awareness for the general public, and train professionals in the tools and issues central to good usability research, development and practice.

  • PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. All our activities are guided by our core principles.

    Read more about our mission, our achievements, and our hopes for the future in PLoS' first Progress Report.

  • A federal appeals court on Tuesday tossed out a government policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for allowing even a single curse word on live television, concluding that the rule was unconstitutionally vague and had a chilling effect on broadcasters.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan struck down the 2004 Federal Communications Commission policy, which said that profanity referring to sex or excrement is always indecent.

  • Adobe presented two webinars for the CSU on creating accessible PDF documents this year. The webinars were recorded and divided into short tutorials. In addition, we have also provided you with a link to the full presentation, the Adobe PowerPoint presentation and supporting documents.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular tools for creating slide show presentations. It is a popular way to organize thoughts for a meeting or lesson, to attractively present key points in a live presentation, and even to create handouts. Even though PowerPoint files are normally used in live presentations, they are extremely common on the web. For example, teachers may use them to organize lesson plans, or online conference proceedings might link to the files used during keynotes and workshops.

    Unfortunately, PowerPoint files are not as accessible as HTML. Although there are ways to improve the accessibility of PowerPoint files, the only way to ensure that a PowerPoint presentation is truly accessible is to create an HTML alternative instead of or in addition to the PowerPoint file. This is due mainly to the needs of people who use screen readers.

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