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
Testing your content on mobile need not be as painful as you think. If you have an Android and iOS device then you already either have a free mobile screen reader in your pocket or it’s a short download away. This is a quick guide to get you set up.
I’ve been concerned that there’s been a lot of talk around Mobile Safari supporting WAI ARIA but there’s little documentation out there confirming what is and isn’t supported so I thought I’d run a few basic tests with Mobile Safari on iPhone 4 and iPad 1 to see what’s what.
Sounds obvious doesn’t it, keeping content consistent, but the devil is in the detail. When it comes to writing alt text teams rarely pool their work, let alone have a considered approach to what is appropriate alternative text across websites and mobile. Screen reader users rely on ALT text to understand content and functionality. On desktop this… Continue Reading Use consistent text alternatives across desktop and mobile
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?