[Athen] CEA To Develop Standards For Access To Technology Products

Lissner, Scott Lissner.2 at osu.edu
Thu Aug 12 08:38:23 PDT 2010


CEA Launches Working Group To Develop Standards For Accessibility
Features In Technology Products

Standards to Focus on Enhanced Accessibility Features Including Tactile

Arlington, Virginia


The Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA)(r) Video Systems Committee
today announced the launch of a new working group to develop standards
for enhanced
accessibility features in video devices. The working group - called R4
WG19 - will develop standards and guidelines focused on enhanced
accessibility features
in video devices, providing direction for product implementations that
benefit the accessibility community and consumer electronics
manufacturers. CEA
seeks participation in the working group by designers, engineers,
manufacturers, users with disabilities and accessibility design

"The video systems and home entertainment markets are driving forces
behind the global success of the consumer technology industry," said
Brian Markwalter,
vice president of Research and Standards for CEA. "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 working group will initially focus on tactile feedback features of
remote controls to assist in locating and distinguishing buttons and
features on
TV, recorder, audio and other remote-controlled devices. Further
projects may include other standards surrounding accessibility issues in
video devices
- features critically important to consumers with visual or auditory
impairments, for example.

CEA leads technology manufacturers in fostering CE industry growth by
developing industry standards and technical specifications that enable
new products
to come to market and encourage interoperability with existing devices.
CEA maintains an unmatched reputation as a credible and flexible
standards making
body and has earned ANSI accreditation. Through more than 70 committees,
subcommittees and working groups, the CEA Technology and Standards
program provides
a unique and efficient forum where technical professionals throughout
the industry develop a unified technology roadmap and address technical
issues critical
to the CE industry growth. For information about CEA Technology and
Standards, visit

For more information, or to join the R4 WG19 working group, please
contact Alayne Bell at
abell at CE.org.

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