Monthly Archives: December 2015

“Learn More” Links: You Can Do Better

Summary: The phrase ‘Learn More’ is increasingly used as a crutch for link labels. But the text has poor information scent and is bad for accessibility. With a little effort, transform this filler copy into descriptive labels that help users confidently predict what the next page will be.

Some trends are subtler than others. Much like low-contrast text, the use of Learn More as a standalone link label has been quietly trending. The web now has an abundance of links with this generic label, largely tacked on to information of secondary or tertiary importance. (A Google search finds 1.4 billion instances of this term, though some admittedly might be from proper use of the term in general content.) Typically, these links are placed after a short paragraph that briefly introduces a topic, feature, or service, so that the Learn More points the visitor to the detail page. Usually, these links are not the main calls to action on the page, which partly explains why this copywriting detail doesn’t get as much attention or A/B testing as other calls to action.

Most of you have surely seen this pattern. Below is an example of what we’re talking about:

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London Closer to Setting Standard for Commuter Accessibility

Google’s charitable arm has donated $1 million to help spread blind navigation technology throughout cities worldwide. Starting in London, the Wayfindr program will develop an app that works with Bluetooth beacons to guide users through physical environments with audio cues but, more importantly, it’s developing the first open standard for such systems globally.

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The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 – helping students with special needs – Education – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

A Microsoft focused Education ICT blog from Australia covering K-12 ICT, TAFE ICT and University ICT, on subjects such as LMS and VLE systems, education CRM systems for student recruitment and student retention, cloud-based education and learning analytics and assessment.

Source: The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 – helping students with special needs – Education – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

Accesskey replacement proposal

Abstract

This document proposes a replacement specification of the HTML accesskey attribute, to enable important use cases and solve important bugs.

Status of This Document

This document is merely a public working draft of a potential specification. It has no official standing of any kind and does not represent the support or consensus of any standards organisation.This is a draft proposal to replace the “accesskey” section of the W3C’s HTML specification. It will be proposed to the Web Platform Group, the Web Incubator Community Group, or the HTML accessibility Task Force, for adoption as a proposed change to the HTML specification.

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Pixi becomes Accessible – Goodboy™

Pixi is now Accessible!

That’s right accessible. What am I talking about? Read on…Some users navigate the internet using the keyboard rather than mouse or trackpad. Users with certain disabilities interact purely the keyboard or an accessibility switch and blind users rely on assistive technology such as screen readers and so on. This is where using canvas to create full content starts to come unstuck, as the canvas itself has no concept of what’s going on inside it. Basically, it’s a bit of a black box!

The browser will always see it as a single element. Meaning that content rendered in canvas is completely unreachable by assistive technology such as screen readers. Not great really as it means certain users will not be able to navigate content built using canvas.

Doing a fair chunk of work for the BBC this year, they are striving to make their games as accessible as possible. One hurdle which we both faced was that a lot of games and rich media content these days are built on top of canvas. What we needed was a way to make the content accessible to the screen readers so that all users can enjoy the content they output as much as possible.

Source: Pixi becomes Accessible – Goodboy™ — Goodboy™

Facebook Plans to Improve Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users | GOOD

For seeing-impaired users, however, Facebook’s inherently visual offerings can make using the social network a difficult proposition.

And while Facebook has long worked on tools to make their site—particularly its “photos” functionality—more accessible to those with visual impairments, reports of a new feature indicate the company is preparing to up their usability in a significant way.

According to reports, Facebook is looking into the use of artificial intelligence software that allows users with visual impairments the ability to query the site about what is in front of them.

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Think accessibility to future-proof your home

Universal design is another way to look at how the features in your home add comfort and convenience not only for today, and also into the future as well. Its design is useful and marketable to people with diverse or changing abilities. This approach ensures reach, manipulation and use regardless of the user’s body, size or mobility.

This type of home is designed with products and environments to accommodate all people – to the greatestextent possible – without the need for adaptation or specialized design. And the perfect way to incorporate these design features into your life is through the building of a new home.When a home is designed in such a manner, it thoughtfully takes into consideration design ideas that benefit everyone in the home at different ages and stages of life – which is why it is considered to be universal design.

Sometimes this can be misunderstood as design that accommodates disabilities. Though this is taken into consideration, it is really about achieving accessibility.

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A Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired | XPRIZE

… an idea that could change the way the visually impaired interact with technology. The students created a startup to develop and produce an affordable active Braille smartwatch, called Dot. When wearing Dot, users can check the time, read incoming text messages or tweets, and even e-books–although reading “War and Peace” four characters at a time might not be the most efficient way to catch up on the classics.

Similar to other smartwatches on the market, Dot is designed to pair with a Bluetooth-enabled phone. When a text message arrives on the phone, the app translates it to Braille and sends it to Dot (which vibrates) and then the pins rise and fall to relay the characters. Other Dot features include a watch, alarm and notifications. Initial tests show Dot should last about five days between charges.

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