I’ve been playing around with ways of expanding abbreviated text on mobile using both <abbr> and <span> specifically to see how well supported voice output is. I ran a few mobile browsers and voice output software over a test case for abbr and span listing abbreviated days of the week using <abbr>, <span> and as is… Continue Reading Screen reader support for abbr and span on 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?
I forget that at its core the web is all about “search” so it was humbling and eye opening to spend two days in the company of 8 silver surfers aged 60 to 80 testing Opera desktop and observing, amongst other things, how they went about carrying out searches. It’s more or less the first… Continue Reading “Where’s my Googlebox?!” – adventures in search for silver surfers
Hot on the heels of the launch of Opera 10 we have a sneak preview of Opera 10.10 not only complete with Unite but also with added Longdesc support. There has always been a bit of a longdesc lottery on the web with the duel problem of developers incorrectly implementing it and browsers not supporting… Continue Reading Adding Londesc support to Opera 10.10
I was asked over Twitter today “how do you get Opera on Wii”. The answer was too long to Tweet (there you see, blogging does trump Twitter sometimes) so below is a quick summary: Go to Wii-ware. Click Start. Click Shopping. Choose Wii Channel (third choice after Virtual Console and Wii-ware). Scroll to bottom of… Continue Reading Downloading Opera on Wii (added bonus it’s also free)
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