I asked the following question over Twitter yesterday:
I’m curious to know, who uses subtitles on web content (X device) who’s not deaf or hard of hearing? For example I did when breastfeeding.
It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves at the BBC as there seems to be plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting people use subtitles (closed captions) for all manner of reasons rather than just being deaf or hard of hearing. I used them when breastfeeding my little one and a participant in user testing recently said she did when she was blow drying her hair.
I got alls sorts of weird and wonderful responses but all of them important and necessary for everyday living. Adam Banks very kindly captured the responses on Storify.
Many thanks to Iain Griffin of Four-I’s who invited me to do a podcast on mobile accessibility and the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines. In it we discuss how they evolved, how we are working with the guidelines at BBC and some of the principles and approaches to mobile accessibility for web products and native apps.
Have a listen to the mobile accessibility podcast over on the Four-I’s site.
I was interviewed by E-Access Bulletin about how we went about developing the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines. You can read the story behind the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines over at the E-Access site as well as a blog post on the BBC Internet Blog.
To download a PDF or Word copy of the guidelines visit the BBC standards and guidelines site for mobile accessibility.
Watch this space for some updated mobile guidelines coming soon and for a walk though of mobile accessibility below are slides I presented on an Introduction to Mobile Accessibility at AccessU earlier this year.
Finally, after a long road of writing, editing, approving and everything else you can imagine I’m happy to say that a draft version of the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines is finally published.
Continue Reading Draft BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines
Below are a handful of observations from user testing on mobile websites and applications I’ve seen recently. All users had some form of disability including people with limited mobility, sight impairments, cognitive impairments dyslexia or hearing loss. Testing was carried out using Android or iOS with blind users accessing using the TalkBack or VoiceOver screen readers respectively. For obvious reasons I can’t share with you any details about the products.
Continue Reading User testing observations with disabled mobile users
Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to do a Mobile Accessibility full day workshop in Austin Texas. AccessU, run by Knowbility, is one of the best conferences I’ve had the pleasure at being at in a long time. Focused on learning classes are very hands on and practical with a range of students from all sectors.
I presented on Mobile Accessibility covering:
- Disability in the mobile context
- Pulling together a mobile accessibility strategy
- Responsive web design
- iOS app development
- Android app development
- Testing and QA
Big thanks to my hosts Sharron Rush, Jayne Schurick, Kimberly Leno, Mike Rush and Molly Holzschlag.