This morning Adobe’s Andrew Kirkaptrik was able to witness history with President Obama signing the 21st century video accessibility bill. As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, President Obama this morning signed the Accessibility Act, which will increase access to video programming on the Internet – something that Adobe Flash video has supported since Flash CS3.
Impact of this legislation has on Flash developers will be the delivery of closed captions for video online, followed by the provision of accessible controls for video and video description to aid comprehension of content by users who are blind or visually-impaired, many requirements that Adobe tools already provide support! See Andrew’s blog for more detailed information.
Adobe co-founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke have been chosen to receive the nation’s highest honor bestowed on scientists, engineers and inventors — the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. President Obama will present their awards on October 7 during a White House ceremony. Check out the official press release here.
Warnock and Geschke are recognized for their pioneering contributions that spurred the desktop publishing revolution and for changing the way people create and engage with information and entertainment across multiple mediums including print, Web and video.
Other esteemed recipients this year include: Dr. Forrest M. Bird, Percussionaire Corp.; Dr. Esther Sans Takeuchi, University at Buffalo, SUNY; and IBM Corporation.
Check out the news articles in the San Jose Mercury News and nextgov.