CEA To Examine Video Accessibility Standards

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Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association announced a new working group for its video systems committee.

The R4 WG19 working group will develop standards for enhanced accessibility features in video devices, CEA said, "providing direction for product implementations that benefit the accessibility community and consumer electronics manufacturers."

It added that it's seeking participation by designers, engineers, manufacturers, users with disabilities and accessibility design specialists.

"The video systems and home entertainment markets are driving forces behind the global success of the consumer technology industry," said Brian Markwalter, CEA research and standards VP. "CEA's new working group will establish standards and recommended practices that will improve accessibility features in these devices, and will ultimately lead to more innovative and user-friendly technology products that benefit the accessibility community and the CE industry as a whole."

The initial focus will be tactile feedback features of remote controls to assist in locating and distinguishing buttons and features on TVs, recorders and audio and other remote-controlled devices, CEA said. Later projects may include other standards surrounding accessibility issues in video devices.

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