Welcome to the website for the ÆGIS (Ontario), which is working to ensure that emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) are designed inclusively, thereby supporting Ontario's commitment to equal access and preparing Ontario's ICT businesses to meet the growing global demand for products and services that provide accessibility to people of all abilities.
The ÆGIS (Ontario) project, funded by the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence program, is working in close partnership with a major European open source accessibility project that is also called ÆGIS. ÆGIS (Europe) is funded by the European Commission. The point of contact between the two projects is the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University.
News & Events
The AEGIS-Ontario project is proud to welcome Komodo OpenLab (http://komodoopenlab.com/) as its newest private sector research partner. Komodo had already been working for some time to commercialize the Tecla Access for Android system (http://mobile-accessibility.idrc.ocad.ca/projects/tekla), an AEGIS-Ontario research project.
We've just released a new update for the Tecla Access for Android app that is available on the Google Play Store.
On Sept. 26, the GNOME Project celebrated the release of GNOME 3.6, the latest version of the popular free desktop, which also included the AEGIS(Ontario) project's work on built-in magnification, mouse cross-hairs, lightness inversion, contrast and brightness.
Our AEGIS(Europe) partners have produced two videos presenting some of the accessibility innovations that have come out of the work we have done together. The first video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X8miIhqQ3MU#!
The IDRC and AEGIS Project deliverables, in particular were recently featured in two videos produced by the Ontario Premier's office:
RIM, a private-sector partner in the AEGIS(Ontario) and AEGIS(Europe) projects has announced the release of a FREE screen reader for the BlackBerry Curve.
The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published an updated Last Call Working Draft of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 (http://www.w3.org/TR/ATAG20/) and a Working Draft of Implementing ATAG 2.0 (http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-IMPLEMENTING-ATAG20-20120410/). ATAG defines how authoring tools should help developers produce accessible web content that conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It also defines how to make authoring tools accessible so that people with disabilities can use them.
The newly released GNOME 3.4 includes new options for configuring the zoom feature. These options are part of the GNOME Shell Magnifier that the IDRC has been developing as part of the AEGIS(Ontario) project. The new zoom options allow you to change the magnification factor, the mouse tracking, the position of the magnified view on the screen and enable crosshairs to be added to help you find the mouse or touchpad pointer. For more information, visit: http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.4/#rna11y.zoom-settings
The IDRC and Komodo OpenLab has been exploring how the Tecla shield can be used to provide full switch access solution to iOS devices. A sneak peak is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5ommI5pEv4
An update of the Tecla keyboard for Android is available. The keyboard supports ability switch users with scanning, but is also an excellent accessibility testing feature for Android developers because its Navigation keyboard mimics the D-pad for devices without physical keyboards. Check it out at: https://market.android.com/details?id=ca.idi.tekla&hl=en
Jorge Silva presented Tecla at a Google TechTalk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZFmindk-Tg)
The Stretch 2.0 Accessible Design Contest is a chance to stretch the boundaries of exclusion - by working on art or computing projects that include everyone, regardless of ability or disability!
W3C WAI is inviting review of the updated Working Drafts of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 published on 21 July 2011 (see http://www.w3.org/TR/ATAG20/).
The IDRC is hosting a jQuery Accessibility Hackathon from July 11-12, 2011 (with three additional optional days from July 13-15).
W3C WAI is inviting review of the updated Working Drafts of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 published on 21 April 2011 (see http://www.w3.org/TR/ATAG20/).
In a signal that rapid prototyping is beginning to reach the mainstream, The Economist magazine has published an article on rapid prototyping entitlled: Print me a Stradivarius
How a new manufacturing technology will change the world (http://www.economist.com/node/18114327).
OCAD University is launching an innovative new graduate program in Inclusive Design. Inclusive Design is design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.
ARIA 1.0, a W3C technical specification for making dynamic, interactive web content accessible to people with disabilities, has progressed to Candidate Recommendation status. This means that the W3C judges the specification to be stable enough to invite implementation. Through the AEGIS Project, the IDRC participates as both a developer and implementor of ARIA.
is an electronics prototyping vendor with an open-source business model, and since some of their parts were used to create the Tekla Shield, they thought it would be a good idea to feature our project on their site
The ÆGIS(Ontario) research work was on display in Brussels, Belgium on Nov. 23-24 at the annual EC Review of the ÆGIS(Europe) Project.
Eric Wan, demonstrates how he controls an Android handset using Tekla
, an ÆGIS-supported app he helped develop.
Eric Wan, one of the main contributors of the Tekla mobile on-screen keyboard has been featured in a Canadian Press story
This specification provides an ontology of roles, states, and properties that define accessible user interface elements.
The 1st AEGIS International Conference showcasing the world's most influential open source, web and mobile accessibility projects.
The Results section of the website has been added. This section will host all of the ÆGIS (Ontario) deliverables (software, reports, links to web sites, etc.) as they become available.
Welcome to our new website, and check back often while we get content posted.
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This section will list include links and downloads for all of the ÆGIS (Ontario) deliverables.