Digital content managers at federal agencies will soon have actionable best practices for making mobile information more accessible to persons with disabilities. The W3C, an international group that sets standards and guidance for accessible technology, as well as evaluation criteria for conformance, will build on a draft document published in February to create an informative technical report on mobile accessibility.
Patrons registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped can download books, magazines and music through the Braille and Audio Reading Download app, which has just been released for devices running Android OS 4.1 or later.
Mobile technology is a critical tool for delivering citizen services at the Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments, said federal officials.
The government's need to offer mobile apps is obvious – as is the need to test their usability before agencies release them for public use. To make such studies easier and less expensive, the General Services Administration's DigitalGov team suggests a few methods.
The Homeland Security Department's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is bringing a user-centered approach to its public interaction and, as a result, the agency has made recent strides in the mobile space.
For those agencies using mobile apps, analytics can be an invaluable tool, said David Cooper, mobile applications program lead at the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology.
Searches are often driven by "need-to-know information" rather than passive consumption, "which aligns with a lot of the information and resources government agencies provide on their digital properties," according to the DigitalGov post.
The principle of least privilege, which holds that "every program and every user of the system should operate using the least set of privileges necessary to complete the job," is key to ensuring and maintaining security in a mobile world, says an FTC official.
Some "unscrupulous" third-party merchants obtained consumers' telephone numbers to cram illegal charges, ranging from one-time fees of 99 cents to $4.99 to monthly subscriptions of $9.99.
The bird was listed as threatened along the Atlantic Coast in 1986. And, although their numbers have more than doubled since then, climate change is introducing new threats to their habitats.