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.
Obviously the more people filling it in the better to please pass this on to any other mailing lists, blogs or lists you might feel appropriate.
Big thank you to TPG and Kevin Chao for kick starting this.
Update February 1st, 2013
The preliminary results are in and available on the TPG website. It looks like more analysis is to come but I’d say there are few surprises.
Inspired by Al Duggin’s browser based tests for accessibility in his kick ass post building a web page with accessibility and interoperability in mind, I thought I’d put some tests together for mobile. This is intended as a guide you can use in day-to-day testing – you should be able to answer ‘yes’ to each question.
Continue Reading Mobile accessibility tests
Thank you to Caleb Tang, Kath Moonan, Veronika Jermolina for inviting me to speak at their Mobile Inclusive Design event in London last night, held by the Usability Experience Professional’s Association. It was a lovely crowd and good to see some old faces.Continue Reading Mobile UX 4 Accessibility – UXPA meetup slides
Huge thanks to Tim Kadlec and the Breaking Development team for interviewing me for their Freshly Squeezed podcast series about mobile accessibility (including a transcript).
In it we chat about being caught with your pants down, choosing your own chocolate biscuits and staying employable as a web developer. All important stuff. Oh, and bit about mobile and responsive design too.
For more information about how people with disabilities use the web check out the Web Accessibility Initiative’s freshly updated mobile accessibility resources.
A lot has been written about how to technically implement WAI ARIA Landmarks but from a human perspective just how usable are they for screen reader users?
Landmarks are a way of providing semantic markup to areas of a page that otherwise are not signposted for screen reader users. By carving up your page into areas marked up as
search you provide an outline that screen reader users can navigate using a keyboard shortcut. Done well this means users can navigate between content areas such as the main content, navigation and footer, in a similar way that sighted user rely on layout to inform the eye.
While the use of Landmarks becomes the norm I’m not convinced that we are really thinking about the user when we add them. Here are few thoughts based on some of the implementations I’ve seen on the web recently.
Continue Reading Usable landmarks across desktop and mobile
Last week I presented at CSUN 12 on Mobile Accessibility and Does Accessibility have to be perfect. The wonderful Joe Dolson did an amazing job capturing the panel discussion from Does Accessibility Have to be perfect and below is my mobile presentation.
Continue Reading Mobile accessibility presentation at CSUN 2012