[games_access] games_access Digest, Vol 158, Issue 2

Selwyn Lloyd selwyn at audazzle.com
Fri Nov 4 06:44:35 EDT 2016

I had a quick look but feel that Audazzle (as a social for profit / social
enterprise ) would benefit from the legislation commercially speaking and
therefore it would rightly seem I/we had a vested interest.

Isn't that the point?

I mean the industry surely only seeks a waiver for it's own commercial
benefits and not for societal impact.

Many enterprises are built around legislation but given my family and
commercial interests in this news... I feel I'd be very biased if not just
venting via comments that spring to mind.

still it sounds exciting and I hope it happens! thanks for sharing this Ian.

Mobile: 07979240124
skype: selwyn_lloyd

have you downloaded jumpinsaucers yet?

On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 5:23 AM, <games_access-request at igda.org> wrote:

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> In case anyone isn't familiar, CVAA is the USA law that requires
> communications tech to be accessible. Game consoles are already covered,
> but communication elements of games themselves (team chat etc) have an
> ongoing waiver.
> That waiver expires soon, and the industry has requested a further
> extension. If a further exemption is not granted and the waiver does
> expire, communications functionality and the means to navigate to and
> operate that functionality will have a legal obligation to be accessible to
> pretty much every audience, with modes required for things like no vision
> and no direct skin contact with a touchscreen.
> The FCC have put out a call for public comment. I know there are strong
> feelings in both directions on whether legislation is a good or a bad thing
> for furthering accessibility in games.
> The deadline for public comments is November 30th.
> The full text of the waiver request is long, in a nutshell it says that an
> extension is justified because communication is generally not the main
> purpose of games, and that meaningful progress is now starting to be made
> on accessibility in in games in general.
> Call for comments: http://transition.fcc.gov/
> Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db1031/DA-16-1236A1.pdf
> Full waiver request: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/
> filing/1019285494250/document/10192854942506692
> Form for submitting comments: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings
> Bear in mind that comments are not anonymous, they'll be made publicly
> available on the FCC website.
> Ian
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