Cloud Computing
Leveling The Access Field

T. V. Raman

April 20, 2012




What Does Accessible Mean?

Access Goals

Important to go beyond the status-quo

Building Blocks


The Access Challenge

Web Apps: Advantages

Hosted Web applications enable:

Desktop access technologies do not fit this model.

The Impedance Mismatch

Major shift in application deployment model

App model shift requires shift in AT.


When Web Apps And Desktop Screen-readers Collide

Ubiquitous Access

The Access Challenge

Building Spoken Feedback

Building Speech Access

What To Speak

Accessible Content = Clean Markup annotated with ARIA.

How To Speak

Treat spoken output as a first-class citizen.

When To Speak

Speech is silvern, but silence is golden!

The Access Opportunity

Web Application Model

Shift away from monolithic applications

Web Adaptive Technologies

Adaptive technologies embrace, extend Web model

Evolve today’s AT to meet tomorrow’s needs

The Access Opportunity

Separation of interaction from data:

One size no longer need fit everyone

New Adaptive Technologies

New opportunities for AT:

This generation of AT will be user-driven.

Google Platform Access

Google Platform Access

Chrome OS


Android Web Access



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