Apple Sued For Website Design Deemed Inaccessible For Visually Impaired Internet Users
Oct09

Apple Sued For Website Design Deemed Inaccessible For Visually Impaired Internet Users

In today’s digital world, web design plays an essential role in the internet experience. According to Forbes, 38% of internet users will stop interacting with a website if its layout is unattractive. When pages don’t load quickly enough, we abandon them within a matter of seconds. And if the content is irrelevant, unhelpful, or sparse, we’ll head back to the search results and try again. But many of us take our ability to visually assess the features of these sites for granted. There are plenty of visually impaired web users who rely on coding queues to understand the information provided by websites all over the globe. And when one of the most well-known tech companies ignores the needs of those users, they’re going to be held legally responsible. Around 10% of the world’s population — an estimated 650 million people — live with a disability. According to the World Health Organization, around 253 million people live with some sort of visual impairment; approximately 36 million are blind, while 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment. The National Federation of the Blind estimates that there are approximately 7.3 million people in the U.S. over the age of 16 who have a visual disability. In the United States, there are pieces of legislation that protect these individuals — namely, the American Disabilities Act — from unequal treatment in many areas. In addition, a web standards organization called W3C published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in 2008, which provide recommendations and rules for websites to ensure those who are visually impaired can access websites. That’s important to maintain equality for all internet users. Although 83% of all human learning occurs visually, it’s essential for websites to ensure their content is in some way accessible and understandable to those with impairments who cannot rely on sight or sound. Now, one woman has alleged that Apple — one of the foremost innovators in the technological realm — has failed to provide the means for visually impaired web users to understand their website. Although Apple has actually dedicated several of their webpages to “accessibility support” for their actual products, plaintiff Himelda Mendez has filed a lawsuit against Apple for its alleged violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mendez claims that Apple’s website actually lacks the alt-text attributes in its coding that will allow screen readers to decipher and convey the description of images and other information. Screen reading software can either translate information into a Braille display or can read information aloud; in order to function properly, websites have to be constructed in certain ways that allow the contents to be read by these readers. The suit explains that Apple.com’s webpages contain empty...

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Improve the Sustainability of Your Mobile or Modular Home With These Smart Tips

Nearly 40% of the contractors surveyed said that prefab and modular construction is a growing part of their companies as well as part of their future strategic construction initiatives. That being said, knowing how to improve your home’s efficiency based on upgrades that best match your home’s type can help you to maximize overall sustainability. And with the fall and winter seasons right around the corner, now’s a better time than ever to invest in some long-lasting upgrades for your mobile or prefab home. Here are just a few ideas for sustainable upgrades based on your budget. Low Budget: Window Tints Not many people realize just how much sunlight affects your home’s temperature — especially mobile homes. If you can’t afford to invest in new windows altogether, window tints are an ideal and budget-friendly alternative. You could save up to 40% on your utility bill by tinting your windows and keep your home more secure at the same time. Many companies provide free estimates, so don’t hesitate to explore this budget-friendly option. Mid-Budget: Add Insulation Many older mobile and modular homes are constructed with VOGs, or vinyl gypsum walls. For increased sustainability, it’s relatively easy to add some extra insulation of your own. Sheetrock is a popular option that won’t break your budget. But if you’re willing to make a bit of a larger investment, you may want to consider ICFs (insulated concrete forms), which can save homeowners 20% to 25% on annual heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Similarly, you can also improve insulation efficiency by taking a look at your home’s roof — more specifically, its covering. Coating your mobile home’s roof with a cool roof coating can help to reflect even more sunlight and keep the temperature balanced. This is a relatively simple project that most people with DIY project experience should have no problem tackling. For a more advanced project, consider adding an extra layer of insulation: “It takes a little more work, but you can save up to 15% of heating and insulation costs simply by insulating your mobile home or manufactured home roof cavity. Installing a sloped roof allows extra room for insulation in the ceiling of your home,” says Saturn. Cost-Free Options If you have a particularly budget, don’t worry — there are plenty of ways to improve your mobile home’s sustainability without spending a dime. You can start, for example, by saving power and turning off all lights and electronics when not in use, or even unplugging them completely. Similarly, cleaning out your HVAC system’s filter is an important maintenance step that can...

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Gross! The Top 5 Germiest Places In Your Office
Oct09

Gross! The Top 5 Germiest Places In Your Office

With how much time most people spend in the office, you’d think that people would go out of their way to make sure their office spaces were clean and healthy. However, this isn’t true; offices can be some of the grossest, germiest places out there. To make sure you and your coworkers stay healthy, keep reading to learn about the top five places in your office with the most germs. Keyboards and Computer Mice: With how much time many people spend on the computer while in the office, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that these are some of the grossest surfaces in your workplace. Keyboards especially can be magnets for germs, since dirt and dust tends to settle between the keys. Coffee Pots: How many times have you touched this germ magnet so far today? Coffee pot handles can have as much as 34 times as many germs as a school toilet seat. Think twice before you head back for that next cup of coffee. Office Phones: Next time you get a call at the office, you might want to wash your hands afterward. On average, office phones have as many as 25,127 germs per square inch. That’s a lot of germs getting transferred to your hands, or even your face. Refrigerator Door Handles: Be sure to wash your hands before and after you get your lunch. Refrigerators in your break room can carry germs from everyone else grabbing their lunch. That means all the germs they’ve picked up in the morning get left there for when you’re getting ready to eat. Break Room Sink Faucets: Sink faucets, in general, are usual suspects for having high germ counts, since you have to touch them before washing your hands. Try to avoid touching them by using a paper towel or a sleeve to cover your hand. To avoid picking up extra germs during your workday, use plenty of hand sanitizer and wash your hands as often as is needed, especially after touching any of these germ magnets. This will keep you and your coworkers healthy for...

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