News

Below our news is presented by date. A better way of taking part of Funka’s news is to subscribe to our newsletter. Then you are asured not to miss what happens at Funka or in the field of accessibility.

  • Pre-GAAD event 19 May 2021 - Authoring tools with built-in accessibility!

    In this online event, you will meet market leading authoring tool producers and accessibility experts who have joined forces to make sure web authors get better support when creating accessible content. We will demonstrate the exciting results from two EU-funded research projects, where brand new features for "accessibility by default" have been developed.
  • Covid-19 related apps and services need to be accessible

    The National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Norway chose Funka to audit an app for tracing Covid-19 infection. Accessibility testing should be a natural part of any development process, especially when the content is so important for everyone.
  • Whats ‘appening? On June 23rd, apps must be accessible!

    Now is the time for Europe to focus is on accessibility in apps, as June 23 is the deadline for apps covered by the Web Accessibility Directive to meet the requirements. We get a lot of questions about this important topic and are happy to share tips and ideas. Book a free consultation with us!
  • Funka training - PDF & Accessibility

    Do you want to make sure that documents published on the web can be read by anyone? Learn how to create PDF files that meet the requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive. At Funka's courses on accessible PDF files and documents, you get all the tools you need to be successful.
  • Three questions to Radek Pavlíček

    Three questions to Radek Pavlíček (CPWA), senior accessibility specialist, project coordinator, and event manager at the Teiresias Centre of Masaryk University (Brno, the Czech Republic).
  • The next generation of accessibility experts?

    People with disabilities in Sweden can now apply to become “user experts” in web accessibility. In cooperation with the folk high school Furuboda, and with funding from the innovation agency Vinnova, Funka has developed a ground-breaking training course.
  • Local government focuses on everyone's right to information

    With a website that is accessible from the start, an ambitious training program and committed employees, the City of Trollhättan is striving for inclusive information.
  • Buddy, the new digital best friend of users with cognitive impairments

    Together with Johannes Kepler University in Austria, Funka will develop an AI-based recommender for assistive technology focusing on cognitive impairments. The European Commission is funding the research.
  • New Funka report on TV accessibility

    In a new report, Funka looks at how TV broadcasts can be made accessible for viewers with disabilities. The report will be used by the Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority to create new accessibility requirements for commercial television.
  • Three questions to Christer Janzon

    Three questions to Christer Janzon, front end developer and accessibility expert at Funka.
  • Inera and Funka are working together towards increased accessibility

    Many of our customers choose to bring in Funka's experts as a kind of independent third party to ensure that the requirements for accessibility are met. Others chose a more collaborative approach.
  • Swedol chooses accessibility - for the benefit of their customers

    Even though only public sector organisations are covered by the EU-regulations so far, still more commercial companies strive for increased accessibility nowadays. These organisations chose to work with accessibility because they know it makes business sense.
  • Free webinars: Research and Innovation

    We are happy to share our knowledge and we love to get questions about accessibility. You get the chance to learn new things and be inspired. Attend our Friday webinars - it's completely free!
  • Norway one step closer to the Web Accessibility Directive

    This spring, the Norwegian Parliament will vote on the introduction of the EU Web Accessibility Directive into Norwegian law. This will give our neighboring country the same requirements and rules, which benefits both users and the industry.
  • Take care of the expertise of the users

    In a new EU-funded research project, Funka focuses on users' experiences of accessibility. We develop methods and training so that users with disabilities can contribute in a positive way to increased accessibility.
  • When new technology supports the users

    Funka's Chief Research and Innovation Officer Susanna Laurin on technology that really provide support but still make people wonder.
  • Funka in a new strategic assignment: Review of the Web Accessibility Directive

    How does the European accessibility regulations work – should something change? That is what Funka is going to investigate, on behalf of the European Commission.
  • Involve the users workshop

    On the 27th of January, Funka together with Norwegian and Finnish disability organizations is co-organising an online workshop on user involvement. It is a part of the Involve the users research project and we would like to involve you!
  • Text in images - read our latest tips in our Accessibility in social media series

    If you want to use text in an image, keep in mind that the text must be readable, both visually and technically, to comply with the directive and work for everyone.
  • Accessibility in Smart Cities

    Smart Cities is a concept that encompasses all types of digitisation and smart technology. But for it to work for everyone, it must not only be smart, but accessible. We contribute to that in a Norwegian research project.
  • Captioned video - What's the status?

    How will the requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive on captions affect the production of video? This is what we wanted to investigate together with the Swedish National Association of the Hearing Impaired.
  • A week focusing on disabilities

    Early December each year, many of us who work with disability issues in different ways come together to celebrate the international (or European) Day of Persons with Disabilities. This years meetings were held online but with a program as exciting as usual. There are a lot of interesting recording to watch, we have listed some of our favorites here.
  • Accessibility at a distance

    The main reason for conferences and meetings is, well, to meet. Speakers and panels are of course important, but quite often the most interesting conversations occur during the coffee break. This is hard to replicate when most events happen online.
  • Three questions for Jan Lundin

    Three questions for Jan Lundin, CEO of Funka.
  • Facebook-Funka Accessibility Hackathon

    We are happy to announce the winner of the Facebook-Funka Accessibility Hackathon: Natalie Wochner from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands!
  • Accessibility in social media

    We get lots of questions about accessibility in social media. How does it work? What does the regulations say in different member states? How to meet the requirements? We will help you understand the connection between accessibility and social media.
  • Webinar on the European Accessibility Act November 6

    Welcome to Funka's Friday webinar on November 6 at 1.00 PM (CET) where we describe the European Accessibility Act that covers products and services.
  • Funka Accessibility Days 24-25 November: a digital live event!

    Welcome to our most important conference, which this year will be held online. We will do everything we can to create opportunities for interaction and networking, so that the days become as exciting and inspiring as they usually are.
  • Accessibility in learning management systems

    Education is becoming increasingly digital, which provides great opportunities for better inclusion of people with disabilities. However, if the learning platforms do not meet the requirements for accessibility, students with disabilities risk being excluded. We want to change that in a new research project.
  • Three questions to David Berman

    Three questions to David Berman, Berman Communication, Canada.
  • Funka solves accessibility demands with new technology

    By September 2020, public sector in the EU have to meet legal requirements of the EU Web Accessibility Directive. This means that everyone, regardless of their ability, should be able to access information and use services on the websites of public sector bodies.
  • Three questions to Samantha Evans

    Three questions to Samantha Evans, Certification Manager at the International Association of Accessibility Professional, IAAP
  • Let us remediate your PDF-documents!

    On September 23, 2-year-old PDF-documents in public sector in the EU should be accessible. Send your documents to us and we will make sure that they meet the requirements. The service is fast and smooth and you do not have to worry about anything.
  • Legal requirements for accessibility - a big or small step for mankind?

    Funkas Susanna Laurin writes about how different sectors perceive the legal requirements and how private sector will react when they get to know the European Accessibility Act.
  • Would you like to learn more about built-in / automatic accessibility?

    Right now, you have the chance to influence, test and contribute to innovative solutions for the next generation authoring tools! Learn more and be inspired by participating in one of Funka's exciting research projects.
  • Users become experts in national project

    The market is crying out for more web accessibility experts. Can users with disabilities fill the gap? In a new Swedish project, Funka and Furuboda folk high school want to find out.
  • Funka Accessibility Days 24-25 November 2020

    Due to the Corona situation, the Accessibilty Days have been postponed. But in November, we will make sure the most important event of the year is happening no matter what! Let yourself be inspired by end users with disabilities revealing their personal experiences, international experts in technology, graphic design, UX and content creation giving their best pro tips and researchers sharing the latest knowledge in the field. Welcome to our world!
  • Three question for Alf Lindberg

    Three questions for Alf Lindberg, responsible for policy work at the Swedish Assocation of Hard of Hearing People, who has succeeded in making a new symbol for captioning accepted by the Swedish Standards Insitute (SIS).
  • Are you ready for September 23? Funka is here to help!

    There is a great focus on the legal requirements in Europe right now. Our clients have the same requirements but different opportunities to meet them. To best support our clients, we therefore offer products and services at different levels.
  • Norwegian agency chooses Funka to test automatic translation

    Does automatic translation work well enough to be used by public sector bodies? The Brønnøysund Register Centre wanted to find out and had Funka investigate the matter.
  • Funka educates young people with disabilities

    In order for more people to understand what the new legislation on digital accessibility means from a user perspective, Funka offers free education for young people with disabilities. The European Commission is funding the project.
  • Digital payment services for everyone!

    Funka has won an innovation competition with a service that will help more people use online payment services. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is funding the project and the Skåne County Administrative Board is our partner.
  • Funka promoted as key innovator by the European Commission

    One of the research projects Funka is working in has been analysed by the Innovation Radar and Funka has been listed as key innovator together with Texthelp and the University of Linz.
  • Time to fix your PDF documents

    Let us take care of the accessibility of your PDF documents during the summer, so you do not have to worry about the September 23 deadline. We can audit, remediate or train - depending on the needs of your organisation.
  • Norwegian SpareBank 1 chooses Funka

    Funka has been commissioned to audit the accessibility of the Internet bank and banking app for Norwegian SpareBank 1, using the higher level of accessibility requirements that Funka has designed in cooperation with the disability organisations. As SpareBank 1 has higher ambitions than just complying to the law, Funka has been hired to see if there is room for further improvements.
  • Networking and collaboration - a great way to succeed with accessibility

    Not sure who to ask? Do you need inspiration? Do you want to share your thoughts with like-minded people? Then maybe you should join a network that works with accessibility?
  • Three questions for Olle Hansen

    Three questions for Olle Hansen, Captain and project manager on the accessible catamaran and racing boat Handicat.
  • Funka Accessibility Days November 24-25

    To give as many people as possible a chance to attend our annual conference, we have postponed the Accessibility Days to the end of November. We are very much looking forward to exciting presentations and inspiring discussions this year, when teleworking, online training and web meetings have become something everyone is doing. Digital accessibility has never been more important!
  • Understandable text through machine learning

    Together with the RISE Research Institutes if Sweden, Funka will investigate whether AI can help web authors create texts that are easier to understand.
  • Procurement - a key to better accessibility

    When suppliers do the right thing and deliver accessibility from the start, everything becomes much better. But in order for them to have a chance to do so, you must provide clear requirements. We'll teach you how!
  • How is your Accessibility Statement doing?

    Funka provides support with everything that has to do with the Web Accessibility Directive, including the Accessibility Statement.