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October Weblog

October 21, 2003

Natascha Frensch, a Dutch designer, is currently creating a new typeface to help dyslexic readers. The "Read Regular typeface makes each letter significantly unique so that dyslexics can more easily distinguish one character from another". If it helps dyslexic users, it should improve readability for all users. However, does it look professional enough? Will it be commonly adopted? It looks better than Comic Sans, but it doesn't closely resemble the popular Verdana, either. I suspect converting to it could be a tough sell unless the right trendsetters use it.

October 20, 2003

Over the next couple days, I'll attempt to catch up on recent stories and news I haven't had time to post to my site yet. I'll try to do this before I leave later this week for a much-needed, overdue vacation!

AOL announced they will offer captions for some of their online multimedia content. This is the first step in joint research and development project between AOL and WGBH Media Access Group.

On a side note, this evening I'll be attending a gathering of Kansas City and Lawrence area Web Developers. I look forward to some face-to-face interaction, for a change!

October 2, 2003

At the end of September, the RNIB started a "Campaign for Good Web Design". They urge British businesses to make their Web sites accessible. They also want Web designers and developers to hold themselves accountable for the accessibility level of sites they create. Plus, they encourage visually impaired users to contact the maintainers of inaccessible Web sites.