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.… Continue Reading User testing observations with disabled mobile users
If you have a disability, are a mobile user and have 5 minutes to spare please take a moment to fill out this online survey on mobile accessibility hosted on the The Paciello Group (TPG) site. The data gathered will be a useful insight into mobile usage and help us inform mobile accessibility strategy and development.… Continue Reading Mobile Accessibility Survey
BECTA, a UK government agency focusing on the use of technology throughout learning, recently invited me to contribute and article on mobile accessibility. While demand for the mobile web is growing, mobile web content is yet to mature, with many problems of usability and accessibility that are reminiscent of desktop web content ten years ago.… Continue Reading Accessing the mobile web: myth or reality?
A question I’m frequently asked by developers is why keyboard access for the Flash is not fully supported across browsers. Opera, Safari, Firefox and Chrome all have problems enabling keyboard users to tab into and out of Flash content while Internet Explorer works fine. The issue Plugin support typically needs an API that acts as… Continue Reading Flash and keyboard access across browsers
Last week I spent some time with my boyfriend’s Mum, Patricia, who really struggles with scrolling and empty space on web pages. The two things combined conspire against her making it a real effort to get to the link she wants. She’s mostly a Facebook user which is confusing at the best of times but… Continue Reading Browing tips: zooming and removing horizontal scrolling using Opera
Most things have a shelf life and technology on the web is no different. Tricks and hacks that once seemed to save the day sometimes need to be retired as newer technologies or techniques get implemented. I can think of plenty of accessibility solutions that have found their way into the archives such as using… Continue Reading The shelf life of a skip link