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What People With Disabilities Want Etailers to Know About Their Online Shopping Experience

Many shoppers would be just fine if they could never set foot in a retail store again. After all, everything is available online: books, groceries, pizza, household necessities, even big ticket items like mattresses and cars. However, 15 percent of people worldwide have a disability that affects the...

EXPERT ADVICE

10 Things People With Disabilities Wish Online Retailers Knew

Many shoppers would be just fine if they could never set foot in a retail store again. After all, everything is available online: books, groceries, pizza, household necessities, even big ticket items like mattresses and cars. However, 15 percent of people worldwide have a disability that affects the...

Standards Milestone Could Mark Beginning of End for Passwords

A Web standards milestone could point to the end of the road for pesky passwords. The new standard, WebAuthn, has won near-final approval from the World Wide Web Consortium. WebAuthn defines a standard API that can be incorporated into browsers and Web infrastructure. It opens the door for new ways ...

Microsoft Puts Windows 8 Up for Another Round of Show and Tell

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled the latest version of its Windows 8 Release Preview in 14 languages. This is the second preview release of the OS. The first, called -- appropriately -- "Windows 8 Consumer Preview," was released in February. The newer release includes new apps; improvements to existin...

Microsoft Calls Google a Cookie Monster

Google is tracking users of the Internet Explorer Web browser without their knowledge, Microsoft has asserted. After news emerged last week that Google had bypassed the privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser, Microsoft researchers began looking into whether the search giant was also playing fast...

Google’s New Android Advocate Comes Out Swinging

Sun Microsystems' loss was Google's gain on Monday, as former Sun guru Tim Bray announced that he's joined Google's Android push in the role of Developer Advocate. "Google and I have been a plausible match for a long time," Bray wrote in a blog post announcing the decision. "Web-centric, check. Sear...

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The Web’s Next Layer of Innovation: Q&A With Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito

Web surfers, whether hardcore business professionals or amateur Web site creators, frequently find images online either through search engines or Web page browsing. However, in most cases, these images are not free to use. Maybe the photographer who created the image would be open to selling rights ...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

The Web’s Next Layer of Innovation: Q&A With Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito

Web surfers, whether hardcore business professionals or amateur Web site creators, frequently find images online either through search engines or Web page browsing. However, in most cases, these images are not free to use. Maybe the photographer who created the image would be open to selling rights ...

Microsoft Gives Web Devs New Tools in IE8 Beta

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 8 beta 1, four months ahead of schedule. The browser is aimed at developers, the software giant said, but anyone can download the beta from its sites. It was originally scheduled to be released in June. Microsoft announced the release at its annual Mix 08 con...

Whither OpenDocument Format?

Shakespeare wrote that a rose called by any other name would still smell as sweet. Proponents of open source software and standardizing document formats might wonder whether the same sentiments apply to the poetry between the OpenDocument Format, or ODF, and the Compound Document Format, or CDF. Th...

OpenDocument Foundation Abandons Namesake Format

The OpenDocument Foundation, after five years of promoting the OpenDocument Format for office applications, is switching direction and embracing a different format. ODF, which is overseen by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, has been accepted as an ISO standar...

Target.com Lawsuit Shines Light on Net Access for Blind

A federal district court judge issued two landmark decisions Tuesday in a nationwide class action suit against Target charging that the retail giant has "failed and refused" to make its Web site accessible to the blind. Brought by the National Federation of the Blind, the suit charges that by failin...

IBM Designs New Web Browser for the Blind

IBM is close to unveiling a new Internet browsing technology that will help the visually impaired enjoy streaming video and animation. Code named "A-browser," which stands for "Accessibility Browser," the application uses and augments some of the technology found in IBM's Easy Web Browser, the softw...

IBM Makes Ajax Play for Open Source Collaboration

IBM announced plans this week to contribute what it calls "key intellectual assets" to the open source community, in an effort to help companies and software developers adopt and share best practices for Ajax software development. With its software contributions the firm aims to foster an industry c...

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