Tips and Tools for Creating Accessible Color Schemes

April 19th, 2011

Jennifer Dillon and Heather Wozniak
Disabilities and Computing Program, UCLA Office of Information Technology
Originally presented to UCLA Campus Web Publishers on April 19, 2011

Presentation Slides in PDF

Choosing accessible colors for your website’s text is important.  The readability of your site affects all users, not just those with vision impairments. It’s a basic usability issue.  The only people for whom the color choices don’t matter are those using screen readers.

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World Statistics Day in DCP Lab

October 19th, 2010

World Statistics Day is Wednesday, October 20.  The ATS Stats Group, along with Data Archives and members of the UCLA library system, will celebrate this event by hosting an open house in the DCP and Stats Consulting Lab from 12 noon until 2 p.m.  During this time, DCP students will not be able to use the lab space, but we can make alternative arrangements for them if they come to the DCP office (MS 4909).

DCP Lab Upgrades

October 1st, 2010

Welcome to fall 2010!  The DCP and Stats Consulting Lab has had some equipment upgrades over the summer.  Come by to check out our faster machines running Windows 7, larger wide screen monitors, new scanner with auto-document feeder, and new laser printer that does duplexing (two-sided printing).  We also have a shiny new Mac mini with large wide screen monitor.  As always, our machines offer a variety of adaptive software, including Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and JAWS.

If you are new to UCLA and would like to take advantage of our services, register with the Office for Students with Disabilities, then contact us at dcp@oit.ucla.edu to setup an appointment.  We offer demo and training sessions for all our software, and general consultation about adaptive devices and technology needs.

Latest Zoomtext Software

April 16th, 2010

In March, 2010 AI Squared released Zoomtext Version 9.18.8. According to the company, it now fully supports the 64-bit Windows 7 environment.

Details can be found on the Zoomtext Release Notes page.

Kurzweil 3000 V11.05 Released

April 16th, 2010

On March 15, 2010, the Version 11.05 patch for Kurzweil 3000 was released. This is a bug-fix release.

Extensive details and a series of troubleshooting solutions can be found at: Kurzweil 3000 Version 11 – Patches and Updates

Some notable items:

Firefox is the recommended browser, but the Kurzweil Read The Web feature must be updated manually whenever a new Firefox update is installed.

In 64-bit environments, the Taskbar Updater and Kurzweil Virtual Printer must be installed separately (in addition to the main Kurzweil program). Download links for these tools are provided from the above link.