Accessibility.

Spotless
29 September 2014

Some highlights from a Ladies that UX monthly meet-up; this month’s event focused on mobile accessibility and designing for disabled and deaf users, and featured a panel of disabled and deaf users who shared their experiences (positive and negative) using their apps and smartphones.

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Ben Logan
2 December 2013

TV subscribers with a YouView set-top box will be glad to know that a soon-to-be released update will provide a number of nifty usability enhancements, particularly when it comes to users who struggle with operating the remote control for searches. YouView software version 8.1 will allow people to use a USB keyboard to make the programme search process more smooth sailing. Although this new keyboard functionality is primarily being rolled to help visually-impaired viewers, it will also be a relief for those who simply find using the remote for searches clunky – people will no longer have to use SMS-style…

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Ben Logan
18 November 2013

On Friday (November 15), electronics giant Samsung took the next step in making its user interface compatible with all browsers, instead of its traditional internal Global Enterprise Resource Planning (G-ERP) UI. Samsung is aiming to enhance corporate productivity by becoming less dependent on IE while allowing diverse web environments for its employees globally. The new web standards-compliant UI now supports a range of different browsers and multiple platforms without needing to install virus-prone Internet Explorer-only features such as ActiveX. The G-ERP project began in 2009 in order to integrate Samsung’s ERP systems across the world. According to industry sources, the…

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Ben Logan
14 June 2013

Odin Mobile have just released the RAU Huawei Vision smartphone, a device that allows blind users to make phone calls, send text messages, browse the Internet, recognise colours and have access to audio books plus magazines. Speaking in an interview with the Times of Israel, the CEO of the group behind the phone, Boaz Zilberman said: “We have built a breakthrough user interface that defines a new language for human-device interaction that is built, ground-up, for eye-free operation.” Every feature on the phone can be accessed by voice and touch, with responsive feedback to guide the users as needed. As…

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Ben Logan
10 May 2013

Following Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2013 yesterday, it’s worth pausing to reconsider the notion of accessibility and its application in the design interface arena. The target audience for the event were those that “the design, development, usability and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use”, so there was a great deal of discussion about user interfaces and accessibility. Co-founder of GAAD, Jennison Mark Asuncion, advised: “When scoping out projects and talking to clients, don’t wait for your client to raise accessibility as a discussion point, because they likely won’t. Look at integrating accessibility as…

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Ben Logan
3 October 2011

Overview This article looks at the role of the Project Manager in delivering an accessible website. It’s the first in a series looking at roles and responsibilities within a team as they work together to deliver accessible websites. Each member of a team has a responsibility linked to their particular skill set however it’s the Project Manager who has the overview of the project both in terms of vision and implementation. A good Project Manager will recognize this and do what they can to give clarity and support teams in delivering their piece of the project. Requirements gathering At the…

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