A group of students with vision disabilities, participating in a summer enrichment program at the Carroll Center for the Blind, have been testing the Visus Visual Assist System by the Boston based Visus Technology. The Visus Visual Assist System is a wireless mobile system that takes advantage of the 4G LTE network and allows people who are blind and low vision to recognize faces, determine colors, and navigate their travel. It is expected to be ready for public use soon. Read more about students at Carroll Center for the Blind testing revolutionary technology.
I was interviewing the owner of a large web design firm on my radio show, Seacoast Business Connections and the topic of accessibility came up. As my guest was explaining to me that his firm makes a point of designing with accessibility in mind even if the client is not concerned with it, his twin boys, both of whom were born with cerebral palsy (CP), played in the lobby just on the other side of the studio’s large glass window.
The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) serve as a guide to developers and user-agent vendors. It outlines the process for making Web browsers, media players, and assistive technologies (software that some people with disabilities use in interacting with computers) accessible to people with disabilities.
The American Federaction of the Blind recently posted a blog post on the accessible applications for Android devices. With over 600,000 apps available to download from Google Play, there are a lot of possibilities but not all of them are accessible. The applications listed have been tested on Android 4.2, which is the most accessible version of Android.
Included in the list of accessible applications for Android are:
- Plume for Twitter
- Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder
- Google Goggles (object recognition software)
- Ideal Group Reader (ePub reader)
See the full list in the article, A Collection of Accessible Apps for Your Android Device.
Adobe Edge Inspect has been around for a while but the latest accessibility upgrades will be a breath of fresh air for accessibility professionals. Adobe, as a provider of developer tools, recognizes that accessibility is not a concept that just opens doors for users with disabilities. Accessibility is actually a concept which improves the user experience for everyone. At Adobe this includes the development experience for developers and testers.
This is the first in a series of blog posts about mobile accessibility testing for mobile phones and tablets.
When testing for mobile accessibility use the devices and OS that will be supported by the website or application and that have decent accessibility support. Most of the time, this is includes iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android (phones mostly, and some tablets) which are the most common mobile devices used today in the United States.
The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative has posted some new and updated information related to mobile accessibility.
Are you doing Android development? Don't miss this resource on accessibility considerations, gestures navigation, and how to enable accessibility features on Android devices for testing purposes.
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