Author Archives: mcourcel

About mcourcel

I work within the Information Technology industry. More precisely, within the accessibility field. Oddly enough, I'm trying out WordPress to evaluate its ease of use and just to tinker with various topics of my choosing.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

What is this you say? Glad you asked.  Global Accessibility Awareness Day is celebrated on the 3rd Thursday of May.  In its 5th year of existence, its goal is still to bring awareness and educate the technology community on how … Continue reading

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Guidelines For Document Accessibility

One of the many things I do in my day-to-day tasks is to help my work colleagues learn how to create more accessible digital content. IE, Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations, Excel Spreadsheets, PDFs; you get the idea. Perhaps, what many … Continue reading

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Update on Facebook’s Automatic Alternative Text Feature

In my previous post, I extolled upon Facebook’s new image recognition and description feature.  Turns out it’s a service that works automagically and I didn’t need to download anything.  Now, either my contacts take really bad pictures, or Facebook’s generated … Continue reading

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Facebook makes images accessible to all!

Recently, Facebook has been scoring big time on the accessibility front.  Turns out that my FB contacts will no longer have to explain their posted images to me; well not as much anyway.  Why just yesterday, I was chastising my … Continue reading

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CBC TV App… Doing the right thing

I was recently updating the apps on my iPhone; something I frequently do since I’m at around 173 installed apps.  I really do need to do some major cleaning up.  Anyway… while I was waiting for the updates to complete, … Continue reading

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Give credit where credit is due

When most of you get a phone for personal or business use, your first thoughts probably are: Is the screen big enough, what are the phone specs, will I be able to play Candy Crush on it?  When a person … Continue reading

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears …

3D Printing Body Parts With the advent of 3d printing, no longer will Shakespeare ask to borrow your ears. He’ll be able to 3d print as many as he wants. I’ve been intrigued with this technology ever since I was … Continue reading

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Neat things in the news this week

I’ve got 2 interesting stories this week that were considered news-worthy… and they didn’t involve the Superball draw. 🙂 First off, in the spirit of my last entry, the University of Michigan is investigating the creation of a Kindle-like device, … Continue reading

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Happy Braille Day!

Happy Braille Day This piece was originally published on another site a few years back. I decided to publish it here in a modified/updated format in order to honor Braille day. I have touched on many topics, but there is … Continue reading

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When Accessibility Features Get In the Way

I’ll admit it’s quite the controversial title for a blog entry, but hear me out. Picture the following. You’re idly sitting in front of your keyboard tinkering with either shift keys and all of a sudden you’ve triggered something on … Continue reading

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