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
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… Continue Reading Usable landmarks across desktop and mobile
Kevin Chao seems to be everywhere tweeting, commenting and contributing to lists about various products and companies ranging from Apple, NVDA, Adobe, Google and Android. He’s a student, visually impaired and lives in the USA and as he himself admits loves to ‘get under the hood’ of technologies to see how they work and how… Continue Reading An interview with Kevin Chao
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.
This month’s article over at Spotless Interactive looks at ways of handling repeated adjacent links. Typically these are image and text links linking to one page and are often found on news websites. I look at how HTML5 block level linking can link entire areas of a page and WAI ARIA negative tabindex (tabindex=”-1″) can… Continue Reading Handling duplicated links using HTML5 and WAI ARIA
If your (X)HTML is valid and your ARIA is valid, your document is valid, so don’t worry about it. No harm, no foul. Jared Smith, from WebAim, posted his excellent slides on the accessibility of Rich Internet Applications presented at Accessing Higher Ground Conference. In them he maintains that if your (X)HTML is valid and… Continue Reading (X)HTML and ARIA validation – practical results vs. purity win?