There’s a lot of content out there on how to make your website accessible. But I haven’t seen much on the subject of accessibility to users of screen magnifiers. I’m one of them, and I frequently run into annoying issues on the web.In this article, I’ll give some tips on how you can make your website more accessible to users of screen magnifying software.
‘Aipoly Vision’ is a very useful object-and-colour recogniser app that helps the blind, vision-impaired, and colour blind to understand their surroundings. It does so by using artificial intelligence to recognise objects through a device’s camera and then announces the name of each object to the user.
The Aipoly(link is external) developers are on a self-declared mission to build scalable vision intelligence. They intend to add facial recognition to the Aipoly Vision app, whereby users will be able to enter the names of people visible in the camera frame for ongoing recognition. They have also indicated that the app will soon be able to be taught new objects. When pointed at an object which is not recognised, users will be able to enter the name of the object which will be remembered the next time that object is encountered.
This app is an excellent example of how emerging technology can make a positive difference to users right now, and it comes with an ‘intelligent torch’ feature which automatically turns on the device’s torch if the camera frame is too dark, allowing the app to work in low-light situations.
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This blog [post] by Marian Foley is the first in a series of blog posts about people with access needs. The aim of the series is to raise awareness of the different ways people access websites, common issues faced and what designers and developers can do to remove the issues.
Marian Foley, content designer and particular needs IT user spoke to us about the problems she faces, and her solutions. Most importantly, she answers the question – how can we make the web more accessible?
What should content designers and developers be doing?
The most obvious thing for me is to use Responsive Web Design (RWD). This solves the problem of websites not fitting on my screen and I can access the same options as everyone else. Since RWD became mainstream around 2012/13 I’ve been able to use the mobile versions of most websites (including GOV.UK and the backend of GOV.UK). I’m a big fan!
Design accessible websites by:
1 making your layout clear and simple
2 having menus at the top of the page, on the left if possible, so that people using a low resolution find them quickly
3 using .png files for diagrams because they’re transparent; someone using their own colour scheme will see their colour preference as the background colour
4 providing text alongside icons and images to explain what’s going on
5 publishing HTML pages, not .pdf files, because they’re accessible to more users
6 taking alternative text attributes off diagrams and putting them on the page; people who don’t use screen readers but can’t read the text in your image won’t miss out (use “” in the alt text field because you’ll no longer need any)
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The platform will be optimised for Wikipedia and aims to provide access in 283 languages, starting with three initial languages next year.
The Wikispeech pilot project is a joint effort between the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Wikimedia Sweden and STTS speech technology services, with further assistance and financial backing provided by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority.
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One thing you should know about color-blind people, is that while most of them see blue they can’t distinguish green from red. So, having a blue logo is fine, while having a red or green logo is bad, because these colors are really different for color-blind people and they might be used by your partners or clients in a context that you don’t control.
Here you see that blue is not easily confused. This is the reason why hyperlinks are blue. I’ve also read a rumor stating that it is the reason Mark Zuckerberg plumped on blue for the dominant color in Facebook’s design because of his color blindness.
Now you understand why so many logos are blue-ish.3 Pro tips to enhance your designs for color-blind peopleUse tools to help youIf you ever want to design something for color-blind people, you should know that there is few software out there to simulate that on your own computer. Personally I used ColorOracle to get a quick feeling about my layouts. However, I discovered later that the option is available in Photoshop (under ‘view’ > ‘proof setup’ > ‘color blindness’). This allows professional designers to quickly check their work.
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