Xbox publicizes accessibility guidelines for developersDocument includes suggestions for elements such as text, audio, difficulty options, UI, and moreRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 21st November 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleMicrosoftWith the Xbox Adaptive Controller out for over a year now, Microsoft appears to be keen on keeping the focus on accessibility by publicizing its Xbox Accessibility Guidelines for developers.In a public resource hub, the company has shared 23 chapters-worth of advice and recommendations for developing games on Xbox for accessibility. The database covers a wide range of topics, including chapters on text, subtitles and captions, audio, narration, difficulty options, UI, communication experiences, time limits, customer support, and more.Though the guidelines are just that — guidelines, not requirements — they touch on a number of issues that have been in the news over the past few years due to major games launching without certain accessibility features. For example, the text display section gives specific advice on ensuring text is large enough to be read and in a legible font, while the subtitles and captions section goes beyond simply advising that subtitles and captions be implemented and offers specific guidance on how they can be used effectively by the most people possible.In another example, the section on game difficulty is strongly in favor of “easy” modes.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “The intent is to ensure players can enjoy and complete a game experience regardless of their skill level and/or various physical, cognitive, or sensory capabilities,” the section reads. “The ability to set a game to a very low level of difficulty may be the difference between a younger / casual gamer or gamer with disability being able to play, enjoy, and complete a title.”Difficulty is often thought of as ‘Easy / Normal / Hard’ but these are broad buckets affecting entire swathes of variables. It’s important to recognize that different aspects of games provide different types of challenges and that gamers may want or need to configure these individually. To that end, games should choose to have multiple difficulty settings when possible.”Microsoft is not the first to publicize guidelines like these. The even more detailed Game Accessibility Guidelines have also been publicly available since 2012 created by a coalition of studios, accessibility specialists, academics, and others.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesApple questions credibility of Xbox testimonyiPhone maker asserts that Microsoft did not produce evidence to back Lori Wright’s claims of unprofitable consolesBy James Batchelor YesterdayEpic pushed for subscription-free multiplayer on Xbox ahead of Apple battleCEO Tim Sweeney told Xbox boss Phil Spencer that “certain plans for August” would create an “extraordinary opportunity”By James Batchelor 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Don’t Miss:Cooper Names New VP, Global Supply Chain Up Next:Phil Moore Joins Federated Auto Parts Distributors KENOSHA, WIS — Snap-on announced that Joseph Abbud will join the company in the newly created position of vice president – rapid continuous improvement, a position in which he will have responsibility for ensuring the implementation and continued evolution of manufacturing and operating best practices on a company-wide basis. His appointment is effective Monday, October 1. Abbud will report directly to Jack Michaels, chairman, president and CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Abbud, 44, most recently led continuous improvement as worldwide director of operational excellence at ITT Industries Electronics Division in Hong Kong, PRC, where he held positions of progressively increased responsibilities, including plant and manufacturing management. He has extensive experience in establishing and implementing manufacturing and supply chain initiatives, which resulted in significantly improved customer satisfaction, cost competitiveness and increased operating cash flow. “With a solid track record of improving on-time delivery and establishing better cost competitiveness in North and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Joseph will provide valuable leadership as we continue our priority on taking better care of our customers and dealers, and the further elimination of waste and complexity to improve our quality, delivery and costs,” said Michaels. “He is a high-energy, passionate leader who brings a results-oriented mindset and substantial expertise to our management team.” Abbud holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico; a Master in Quality Systems from the International Institute of Strategic Administration, Torreon, Mexico; and is a graduate of the Financial Management Program at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia. _______________________________________ Click Advertisement In this article: Print
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Speaking last week, Gerrard said: “I had a conversation on Wednesday with Daniel and he said he wanted to go and speak to a team in Turkey. We’ve had an approach and we had a real adult conversation.“I said I wanted him to stay and fight for the shirt and be part of the squad but he said he wants to go and explore the situation in Turkey so we reluctantly but respectfully granted him permission.“I have to respect Daniel and keep a lot of the conversation private but it boils down to him wanting to be a regular starter as in every single game.”Gerrard has signed wingers Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones this summer while fellow new arrival Greg Stewart can also play the position and Jamie Murphy is returning following a season out with a knee injury. Daniel Candeias has completed his move from Rangers to Turkish club Genclerbirligi for an undisclosed fee.The newly promoted top-flight club announced on Twitter that the winger had signed a two-year contract with the Ankara-based club, where he will link up with former Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard reluctantly allowed the Portuguese wide player to move on after Candeias decided to seek more regular football after being left out of the Ibrox club’s squad for their first Europa League ties.The 31-year-old was one of Pedro Caixinha’s more successful signings, hitting 14 goals in two seasons in Glasgow. He made 52 appearances under Gerrard last term.
Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Anyone who has spent any time in the enterprise 2.0 business – for me, it’s been five years – will admit this, if pressured: by far the greatest challenge for the market is not corporate fear, cluelessness, or laziness – the usual scapegoats. The challenge is something far more elusive: getting people in the company to adopt the program meaningfully, persistently, and scalably. The truth is that many enterprise 2.0 programs fail to gain traction because they actually require work. In the enterprise, culture matters, and culture is not something you can easily add, game, or integrate, like the latest 2.0 widget.But that’s where the consensus ends. A large number of businesses have not been able to move forward with their enterprise 2.0 programs for lack of confidence on the right way to approach culture. One side of the consulting world has spoken up rather aggressively, with the message that culture can be addressed with something called “change management.” Giovanni Rodriguez is chief marketing officer at BroadVision, a provider of Web-based solutions for the social enterprise. He is co-founder and former managing partner of The Conversation Group, one of the first global social technology consultancies. You can follow him on Twitter @giorodriguez But the phrase alone is enough to scare off most of the market. It sounds too expensive – and it often is – and in many cases it just adds an unnecessary layer of complexity to a smaller set of things that can be done. Here are a few things that I observed work well, sometimes with the support of people in the consulting community who see the need for a leaner, meaner approach.The AuditIt might seem like a rather obvious place to start. But many businesses jump on enterprise 2.0 projects without first asking what their constituents are actually doing. What tools do employees, partners, and customers use? What are they using them for? Think broadly about these two questions before conducting your “audit” – a fancy word for listening – because we tend to think narrowly about social media. First, we tend to exclude services and tools that de facto are social, but because they originated in an earlier era, they do not enter our minds in this context. Second, we tend to exclude activities that are not directly related to communications and collaboration, but yet might have value to the enterprise social network. Several years ago, when I was in the consulting business, a large telecommunications company asked my agency for general recommendations on their social strategy. In our audit, we discovered that while an overwhelming number of people inside their ecosystem were loath to contribute or comment on blogs and social networks, a great number spent time networking with peers on LinkedIn groups. Neither the tool – LinkedIn – nor the activity – professional development – made the initial list of things to examine in our audit. But after this small discovery, the project moved on a faster track for the company.The MirrorIf the insights from the audit are good, an effective next step is to share them with managers in the company. Done right, this exchange of information does several things at once. First, it makes visible to the top of the organization what’s happening at the grassroots. Second, it educates managers on the range of immediate tools and ideas it has at its disposal (recall the little epiphany we had at the telecommunications company). Third, it helps stimulate conversation about how the company might support a promising trend. Some time after staffers at Best Buy began demonstrating the power of employee-driven communications – best evidenced in the now famous Blue Shirt Nation – my former agency prepared a number of documents, videos and other artifacts that essentially held a mirror to the organization (see Charlene Li’s “Open Leadership” for more color and detail). This exercise helped pave the way for other projects at Best Buy that had the support of management. As many early thought leaders in the Enterprise 2.0 world have noted, the most successful projects start at the bottom but meet at the middle, with support from the top of the organization.The MetatribeSometimes, the mirror takes the conversation to another place: how the programs that a company strategically decides to support might have a catalyzing effect on the entire company and its ecosystem. In the world of political marketing, we’ve learned how a few very diverse groups – e.g., women, Latinos, progressives, conservatives – can rally to a cause, despite their differences. Recent, I looked at how the 2010 elections inspired a number of operatives – on the Left and the Right – to court the big unwieldy Latino metatribe. Similar opportunities exist for large companies with diverse constituents who might come together if only they understood their part in the company’s social agenda. Best Buy’s Twelpforce – a big part of the company’s public brand – comes to mind, and there are perhaps a few others that demonstrate this principle. But a company may not even need to go there to enjoy the benefits of 2.0, nor will it need to spend much time to get something meaningful started. Best Buy and other companies that are featured at industry conferences as case studies all got started by listening, thinking and supporting. That’s the fastest path to adoption today, and I don’t see anything better on the horizon.Photo by nkzs IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… guest author 1
Courses to suit every golfer at Mission Hills-HainanThe Chinese have a penchant for the grandiose. But there’s nothing ostentatious or pompous about Mission Hills’ new golf resort in Hainan, though it is a testament to the equally legendary Chinese efficiency.Its genesis is the now typical China success story: 5,000 acres,Courses to suit every golfer at Mission Hills-HainanThe Chinese have a penchant for the grandiose. But there’s nothing ostentatious or pompous about Mission Hills’ new golf resort in Hainan, though it is a testament to the equally legendary Chinese efficiency.Its genesis is the now typical China success story: 5,000 acres of land, roughly the size of Hong Kong, savaged by half a century of stone quarrying and blanketed by lava rock, transformed in a mere matter of 18 months into a worldclass property with as many as ten golf courses, a five-star hotel, several clubhouses, even a spa.How do they do it? “We have many hands in China,” says Dr. Ken Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills, with a grin. Chu knows what he’s talking about. Mission Hills is the biggest developer of golf courses in China, and the jewel-inthe-crown resort at Shenzhen, on the mainland, is home to a staggering 27 courses built by Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman, amongst other celebrated players-turned-designers.The enthusiastic team on the greens greet golfers with a cheerThe city of Haikou seems an obscure place for a project of this magnitude till you consider the relative proximity to Taiwan and Korea, both nations besotted by golf. “It’s not just the Koreans and the Japanese, although they do constitute the majority of our visitors. We’ve started getting visitors from Europe and even the United States,” he says.It doesn’t take long to figure out why the resort registers almost 800 rounds a day. The top-notch Blackstone course, spread over 350 acres is a serious championship layout, comparable to the best courses in Asia. It’s obvious, even at first glance, that the course, with its natural amphitheater green settings, has been designed with significant numbers of spectators in mind. It’s by no means a walk in the park as far as players are concerned. The difficult greens and serious length, a full 7,800 yards from the tips, mean that the more forgiving white tees are the only option for the mid- or high-handicapper.advertisementHainan has a dramatic volcanic landscape and the course designers, the Arizona-based firm of Schmidt-Curley Golf Design, have attempted to incorporate the inherent character of the dramatic rock into the courses. It’s probably the only common thread linking otherwise very diverse designs. “As the volcanic rock was so prominent, it just made sense, from both an aesthetic and economic standpoints, to weave it into each golf course to varying degrees,” explains Brian Curley.The lobby of the hotel at Mission Hills-Haina reflects the pared down, contemporary aesthetic of the propertyThe courses are very distinct in all other aspects. “This project is a celebration of my appreciation for golf’s great history and the many genres of courses found around the world,” Curley says.Sandbelt Trails is inspired by Australia’s Sandbelt courses, and is highlighted by large, distinctive bunkers and eucalyptus trees, while The Preserve is a user-friendly course with a more modern feel. Another striking configuration is The Vintage, which is fashioned after turn of the (20th) century courses with a natural undisturbed terrain. Wicker tee markers and wicker baskets for pins add to the old-world authenticity. “The oldest course in China is a new course in Haikou,” is Curley’s take on The Vintage.Lava Fields at 7,400 yards is no pushover either. The course gets especially tricky, especially when the wind picks up. Compared to Blackstone, there is hardly any tree cover, and the feel of big open spaces is exaggerated. The first hole is a mammoth 585-yard, par 4 which affords great views of the Haikou skyline. It’s a good time to get used to practicing a lay up on a par 4. Rest assured, you’ll end up doing that quite a few times on this new and somewhat tricky course.There is hardly any tree cover on the course and the first course affrods great views of the city skylineAfter you’re done with the day’s golf it’s a good idea to head to the colossal spa for a traditional Chinese massage. Mission Hills-Hainan is certainly a complete package. It’s not likely, thought, to catch up with Thailand as the preferred golfing destination for Indian players for a while. There are no direct flights from India to Hainan and the trip via Hong Kong or Bangkok takes close to 12 hours.Language can become another issue, especially if you want to step out of the Mission Hills premises and explore Haikou. The neighbouring city of Sanya with its sun-kissed beaches and gamut of water sports is an good getaway from a frustrating day on the greens. If you’re an inveterate golfer, simply the surfeit of courses within golf-cart riding distance is heady stuff. For the sheer variety and convenience, Mission Hills-Hainan is in a league of its own in Asia.advertisement Navigating the coursesBlackstone: A genuine championship layout spread over 350 acres interspersed with lakes and wetlands. 18 holes, 7,800 yards, par 72.Sandbelt Trails: Fashioned after the courses of the Australian Sandbelt region, this course features large bunkers and eucalyptus trees. 18 holes, 7,325 yards, par 72.The Vintage: Wicker baskets for pins and wicker tee markers are just a few of the features which give this course a decidedly vintage character. 18 holes, 7,363 yards, par 72.Stepping Stone: A pretty pitch-and-putt course. 18 (par 3) holes, par 54.Lava Fields: Similar to Blackstone; a long and intimidating championship layout. 18 holes, 7,400 yards, par 72.Meadow Links: Modelled after traditional US Open courses (of the eastern United States), this layout has ‘church pew’ bunkers and large greens. 18 holes, par 72.The Preserve: Beautiful landscaping and an abundance of palms trees and flowering shrubs make this one of the most scenic layouts. 18 holes, par 72.Double Pin: An interesting innovation of two pin options to play to every hole on this par-3 course makes for a unique experience. 18 (par 3), par 54.Stone Quarry: A tribute by the Schmidt-Curley team to their mentor, Pete Dye. 18 holes, par 72.Shadow Dunes: A short course with the biggest greens out of the 10 courses. 18 holes, 6,600 yards.
AC Milan name price for Newcastle target Laxaltby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United can have Diego Laxalt – provided they can fork over £10.7 million.Calciomercato believes that Milan are happy to sell the player, even though he only signed from Genoa six months ago.The 25-year-old left back has played just four games in Serie A from the start, coming off the bench nine times.Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is desperate to add an experienced defender, but even ten million seems like a sum that is out of their reach.The club is known for its limited transfer kitty, with owner Mike Ashley unable or unwilling to provide the manager with more financial backing. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received numerous found items from a local movie theatre located in Fort St John on July 8th, 2019.The found items had been left at the theatre from as long as 4 years ago before they were turned into the RCMP.Some of the articles turned over to the RCMP were: cell phones,a power bar,car keys,car fobs,house keys,wallets and purses.Anyone wishing to claim any property must provide a full description of the item to Cst Joe McDONALD who can be reached at the Fort St John RCMP Detachment located at 10648 100 St or reached by phone at 250-263-6393.