WINDOWS: Using UI Automation Support in Edge to Build More Accessible Web Apps. Microsoft is at it again, making an effort to live up to their mission statement: to empower everybody to do great things. In a recent blog post, Microsoft spoke about the effort it’s putting into Microsoft Edge, and how they want it to better serve the needs of people who have trouble surfing the web. Using UI Automation, a process which allows Windows 10 applications to “provide programmatic information about their user interface,” Microsoft Edge is creating a much more accessible browser. Read more
DOJ: Refreshes Its Efforts to Promulgate Title II Website Accessibility Regulations and Other Accessible Technology Updates – What Does It All Suggest for Businesses? On April 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, withdrew its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities. Citing “the growing confusion around web site accessibility,” on April 29, 2016, the National Association of Realtors wrote a letter to DOJ’s Civil Rights Division imploring DOJ to take actions to regulate the issue of website accessibility for Title III entities as soon as possible. Read the rest
WEB DESIGN & CONTENT: Accessible Best Practice: Don’t Use Color As Part of Your Instructional Content. Are you using color as a way of instructing visitors about the next action to take on your Web site? Think again. WCAG 2.0 Guideline 1.4.1 warns Web designers, developers and content creators about depending solely on color when conveying instructions. Find out more
COLOR CONTRAST: How to Measure Color Contrast, for Web Accessibility. The essence of accessible color contrast is simple. Given a foreground color and a background color, the contrast between those two must be distinguishable in a wide variety of environments, by individuals with different color perception abilities. Using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines — WCAG — version 2.0, these contrasts are measured using an algorithm that compares the relative luminosity of the two colors and returns a ratio, which is to exceed WCAG’s recommended minimum. Read more
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems April 2016 http://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-april-2016.
BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: Find out more about Paul T. Vesely, Founder, President, CEO and Principal Architect of Blue Mountain Data Systems. Paul Vesely is a recognized leader in systems architecture, having designed and delivered many database and document processing systems ranging from work group LANs to enterprise-wide solutions. His goal is to minimize the impact of cultural change in organizations where myriad job functions of document management and workflow are affected. Read more about Paul Vesely’s experience.
IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.
BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.