Several years ago there was much talk in the accessibility area about Braille displays. But today flat touchscreens are everywhere, in smart phones, pads and music players. How does a visually impaired person use a touchscreen interface?
Posts with tag ”accessibility”
You’ve all heard about this thing called web standards and accessibility by now, but what about user experience? It’s 2009 and we want to use the web for information consumption in an efficient way.
About a year ago, a friend asked me how Microsoft would obtain world domination with Silverlight, since almost everyone already have Flash installed and Silverlight is yet another browser plugin. The answer was as simple as horrifying: Windows Update. There is no need to worry about such things as user preferences when you control the operating system.
The classic attitude towards Flash is that while it is an excellent tool for interactive visual effects when applied properly, it is a pain in the back when it comes to accessibility and semantics. This black-and-white view often leads to arguments between the Flash developers and front-end coders.
I’ve had a look at the May 14th release version of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft’s Expression Web Designer (codename Quartz), one third of the Expression series also including Interactive Designer (codename Sparkle) and Graphic Designer (codename Acrylic). Unlike Interactive Designer that targets WinFX Runtime Components Beta 2, the Web Designer is ready to go straight from the box.