IBM, colleges, accessibility

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See the IBM press release “IBM to Help Colleges Make Software More Accessible for Disabled and Aged”:

NORTHRIDGE, CA–(MARKET WIRE)–Mar 23, 2007 — IBM (NYSE:IBM – News) today announced that it will work with academia to build a worldwide repository of materials that will enable student developers to make software more accessible to those with disabilities and the aging population. This initiative builds on IBM’s ongoing efforts to promote universal access of software applications, web sites and documents.

There was also news about the winner of our ODF/accessibility open source programming contest:

At the 2007 Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference at the California State University at Northridge, the largest forum of its kind, IBM and the U.S. Department of Education congratulated Daniel Millington, who attends Capitol College, Chase Pritchett, who attends the University of Oklahoma, and Yang Liu, who attends Tsinghua University in China. The students wrote computer code that checks word processing documents that adhere to the OpenDocument Format (ODF), to determine whether they are accessible. To propagate the technology, the students contributed their code to the open source community (


  1. Bob, do you have a link where we might learn more about the student’s accessibility software? It sounds like an important tool for ODF.

  2. The entries for the ODF and accessibility contest are here:

    I’ll try to find out which one was the winner.

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