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Accessible information is gaining ground on the war against the PDF. In fact, presenting information only inaccessible PDFs is becoming illegal. But, will an accessible web design be too expensive of an overhaul? The answer might just surprise you. But why are PDFs a problem for print disabled people in the first place? It’s important to know, governmental and corporate libraries globally currently hold billions of legacy PDF documents. These documents contain valuable information, but are inaccessible to print disabled individuals. Why? Because PDFs were designed as a print-centric format with accessibility retrofitted as an afterthought, if it's there at all. The fonts, colors, and layout of a PDF document are usually unchangeable, making the document more difficult to read for people with limited vision. PDFs typically lack element information about their structure, which makes them difficult to navigate with a screen reader. This also leads to formatting which is below standard to achieve successful Braille conversion. Even worse, too often PDFs are scanned from printed pages. These PDFs contain just images, either with absolutely no visible text to a screen reader, or … [Read more...] about Accessible Information vs the PDF: Are you breaking the law?
The pandemic has the online World scrambling to find ways to patch glaring accessibility issues. Website overlays are just one example of quick fix solutions that attempt to bridge persistent gaps. Except, once deployed, companies realize the shortcuts only create bad press and do little to make their products and services more inclusive. More than empty promises, Pneuma Solutions will position you for inclusive success by providing your digital content to everyone with print disabilities seamlessly. One of your greatest assets is digital content. You work hard to create informative manuals, training materials, billing statements, and a great variety of content central to your business operation. It’s time to make this content easily available, and accessible, to anyone who depends on it. Scribe Enterprise is adept at consuming massive volumes of data and rendering it in a way that is easy to read for the growing number of persons with print impairments. For the end user, the Scribe experience is a seamless encounter with the data you want to share. For you, Scribe is a robust cloud technology with the capacity to smoothly convert document images into readable text, from the … [Read more...] about Scribe Enterprise: The Undisputed Best in Augmented Document Remediation
At Pneuma Solutions, we stand by our commitment to excellence. So does every other software developer, right? But the difference between us and everyone else is that Ours is a cause, not just the bottom line. The day we become irrelevant will be the day we can say accessibility has become so ubiquitous as to be commonplace, and that will be a day worth celebrating. Until then, we work in a pool of companies following distinct strategies in an attempt to make accessibility universal. We each have our competing vision of what that looks like, and no one vision is better than or more correct than the other. There is more than enough work to go around. So while we compete, we are still on the same team with the same goal of making the World a more accessible place. In the end, more options means greater emphasis on accessibility in the marketplace and more tools available to us as consumers. In that spirit of positive sportsmanship, we present a comparison of our flagship product, Scribe, versus RoboBraille. It’s a comparison a few people in the blindness community have drawn, and rather than shy away from the whispers, we’re going to examine both products head on and let you be the … [Read more...] about Comparison of Scribe with RoboBraille and SensusAccess
CNIB, CNIB Deafblind Community Services (DBCS) and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) have partnered with Scribe for Meetings to help make remote programs, meetings and presentations more accessible and inclusive. Scribe for Meetings, a solution designed by Pneuma Solutions, allows users to create and screen share accessible slideshow content. How does it work? The Scribe app runs during a presentation, monitors the information displayed in the meeting, and sends information about the on-screen content to the Scribe cloud service. Scribe syncs that information with the slides that the presenter previously uploaded and displays an accessible version of the content in real-time in its own window. Using Augmented Document Remediation technology, Scribe for Meetings can convert presentations into eight different accessible formats in more than 140 different languages! This provides people who have a print disability, including sight loss, with access to accessible presentations using a screen reader, a braille display and/or Scribe’s own built-in speech synthesizer. Participants can also download presentations for offline viewing. Scribe for meetings is now available for … [Read more...] about Canadian organizations partner with Scribe for Meetings to enhance accessibility and inclusivity
In the summer of 2016 the United Nations declared the Internet to be a human right. A noble declaration, but for print impaired people like me, the feel-good words of a global cause and everyday life can be so different that we feel like we aren’t even part of the conversation. Here at Pneuma Solutions, we support any campaign to put information into the hands of as many people as possible; however, it has been our experience that making information available and making it accessible to the letter of the law are two different issues and need to be considered as such when discussing access to information by those of us that have print disabilities. Sure, information should be available in as an accessible medium as possible, but costly exact compliance to interpretable standards should never be allowed to get in the way of access to information. That is why we started Pneuma Solutions and furthermore why we are announcing our remediation tool called Scribe For Personal Documents. So, what is a print disability anyway? Individuals who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability" are classified as print … [Read more...] about Introducing Scribe For Personal Documents
There's just about nothing more frustrating for blind people than trying to use an app, only to find that the app is inaccessible. Maybe your screen reader can't read a key part of the app, or maybe it can't read anything at all. When apps are developed using standard buttons, edit boxes, list boxes, tables, or other user interface elements, it's not hard to make them accessible. But some apps are developed using a non-standard user interface toolkit, and these toolkits are completely inaccessible. Implementing accessibility from scratch in a user interface toolkit is difficult and time-consuming, so it usually doesn't get done, except in the top few user interface toolkits with heavy corporate backing. Sometimes it's truly necessary for an app developer to use a custom user interface toolkit, and sometimes it's not, but regardless, we end up with inaccessible apps. This problem is especially urgent for apps that are critical to particular jobs. It's not uncommon for a blind person to be unable to get a particular job because the job requires the use of an app that's inaccessible. These are often niche apps for which the usual economic incentive to implement accessibility, … [Read more...] about AccessKit: a new open-source project to help make more apps accessible
Were you planning on purchasing Scribe For Meetings? If you’ve delayed the purchase, it’s time to act now. But, before we get to that, let me share some other bits of Pneuma Solutions news. Pneuma Solutions Scribe Augmented Media Remediation Platform is now available in your geographical region. This means YOUR data, in YOUR country. Scribe is also available on Amazon’s GovCloud infrastructure. Scribe for Meetings made a splash earlier this year when Pneuma Solutions announced the ability to make PowerPoint presentations on Zoom equally accessible to print impaired participants. Honestly, it’s not something we had put on our development roadmap, but when the pandemic struck we pivoted to the new reality. We saw the need for Scribe’s augmented media remediation technology to serve a different purpose, and what started off as a casual project evolved into a robust feature set that is now used by everyone from small nonprofits to major universities. Scribe For Meetings now works with Microsoft Teams. Today Scribe For Meetings breaks down yet another accessibility barrier with the inclusion of the Microsoft Teams platform. Now every exciting feature you have enjoyed with Zoom … [Read more...] about Scribe for Meetings Promotion Expiring Soon!
Earlier this year the blindness community finally had enough with companies claiming to provide accessible overlays to make sites more user friendly. We took note of the increasing protests and did our part to mitigate these barriers that, in some cases, would not give users the ability to bypass their intrusion. To date, none of the services we blocked through our extension have changed their methodology. Last week we received a message from a representative from Max Access. We offer that exchange here, not as an attempt to shame any one company, but rather as an explanation to clarify our position to any other service curious about why we have blocked them. We remain optimistic that such services will choose to work with the blindness community rather than apply solutions they think are best for us. We do not appreciate this sort of custodial treatment. We also do not relish blocking innovation and would rather collaborate to make artificial intelligence work for the benefit of all. The exchange follows: Original message from Annie H: Hello! I'm the lead accessibility auditor with Online ADA; we recently realized that our automated remediation product, Max Access, is one … [Read more...] about Continuing Dialogue on Accessibility Overlays
We're proud to announce the release of the Scribe for Meetings browser extension. Now there are even fewer steps to take when you need to attend an online meeting and enjoy real-time access to digital content presented on screen during the meeting. The process is ridiculously easy: Download the extension at the link below. Log into your registered meeting the same as you always have on your PC. Receive automatic notification the meeting has been registered, and enjoy the presentation! Follow the links you need for Firefox or Chrome/Edge. This extension marks another milestone in Pneuma Solutions' goal of leveling the information access barrier for those with print disabilities. Students and working professionals alike will never again be left out of the conversation. All the presenter needs to do is: Upload the presentation Share the link everywhere they share the meeting link Let in the Scribe For Meetings Bot at the start time of the meeting. Are you new to Scribe for Meetings? Give it a try. As meeting facilitators, we think you'll like the intuitive setup process. As end users, we know you'll love the on demand access to everything your peers are … [Read more...] about The Scribe For Meetings Extension Is Now Available on Your Favorite Browser