Monthly Archives: March 2016

Start Making Sense — Medium

This is the text of a quick talk I gave at Generate Conference in London on 17th September 2015. You can download the slides from Slideshare. You can find out more on SensoryUX.com.

“I’m here to talk about sensory design and what I do: which is to try and make information meaningful.

Meaningful to people with physical or cognitive impairments.

I can take visual information and convert it to tactile or convert complex textual information to simple graphics or audio.

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Accessibility Concerns Delay $30M Amazon E-Book Contract in N.Y.C.

New York City schools postponed action on an Amazon contract for creating an online storefront where educators will buy e-books, after the National Federation of the Blind raised questions about it.

The National Federation of the Blind is questioning whether its community would have full accessibility in the online platform that would be built for teachers and principals to order e-books and digital content, and whether blind and visually impaired educatorrs and students will be able to adequately use the content once it is downloaded via the Kindle file format.

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Why Your Links Need a Hover Effect – UX Movement

Links contain text, but they should never look like text. When users read a web page, they need to be able to distinguish what’s clickable. If your links don’t have enough contrast, users could miss them.Color is Not Enough for the Colorblind

Most sites make their links a different color from their text. But that’s not enough contrast for colorblind users. The difference in color is hard for them to see. Colorblind users have to rely on their cursor change (arrow to hand) as feedback.

A hover effect can give them a clear signal to see what’s clickable. When users move their cursor over a link, they’ll notice a change in color or shape that tells them to click. This prevents them from missing links.

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10 Free Web-Based Web Site Accessibility Evaluation Tools – Usability Geek

A simple Google Search for “Accessibility Tools” yields a number of lists and collections of tools. I could have very easily copied one or two such lists and voila, I have a new post. But, I wanted to add a personal touch to this post by writing about the tools I use in my daily job. I was surprised by the number of broken links in the lists I visited – most of them linking to obsolete Accessibility Tools such as Bobby – some with links to the old 1995 web site!

Before We Begin – A Warning

It is very important to keep in mind that to date, no web site evaluation tool has been developed that can completely replace a human being. This is because with present technology it is difficult to emulate human attributes such as common sense. In this regard, these tools should be used with caution, and the results that they produce should be interpreted in context with the web site you are evaluating. Moreover, since accessibility is a subset of usability, these tools should only be used to evaluate accessibility and not usability since, at best, they can only show you where your site is not accessible.

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Google Maps will now Earmark Places That are Wheel Chair Friendly

Google Maps now has an accessibility feature that tells whether or not a given place is wheelchair friendly. The feature is currently available only in select locations.

Google Maps has been ushering in new features on a regular basis and now the map is aiming to be wheelchair friendly. The maps have picked up a new feature that will tell you whether a particular location is wheelchair friendly or not. One can access this information by tapping on location summary (by tapping on the right arrow mark) and then scrolling down to “Amenities.” Just like the other fields if the place is accessible for folks with wheelchair the check mark next to “Wheelchair accessible entrance” will be marked.

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Five ways to increase video accessibility and minimise cost | Access iQ

Making your video content accessible is one of the most costly components of web accessibility, but there are several ways you can reduce expenses.

Five ways to increase video accessibility and minimise cost | Access iQ

With more than half the population accessing videos online, there’s no doubt that multimedia is a powerful medium with which to reach your audience and maximise the impact of your message.

Nearly 20 per cent of Australians experience some form of hearing loss, so it is vital that your video content is accessible despite being one of the most costly components of web accessibility. When you take into account the cost of producing captions and audio description for video content, it can definitely add up.

There are several ways that you can increase the accessibility of your video content while minimising the cost, such as using do-it-yourself (DIY) or automated captioning tools, reusing your script to create captions and minimise the need for audio description, and providing a full text alternative.

Here are our top five:

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How a Running App Helps a Blind Runner Train Solo

Before Simon Wheatcroft starts running near his home in Doncaster, Great Britain, he finds where the grass begins on his left and takes one step to his right, positioning himself in the center of a ribbon of sidewalk. Like any run, light poles and street signs jut slightly onto the path on occasion.

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