Designing for All in a Web2.0 World – Robin Christopherson (#FOWD)

Designing for All in a Web2.0 World – Robin Christopherson (#FOWD) – Ability.Net

Demo of Jaws (showing the bbc website)

346 Links on page – that’s a bit excessive!

It’s easy to get around if the content is set up correctly. e.g. press h to skip through headings.

BBC tv page has good support for accessibility 

  • logical reading order
  • nice and linear
  • then apply styles

Big fan of mobile versions – guess m.normal-url.

New scientist has 134 Links and 76 Headings – will take a long time to get around this page!

Mobile version is much better – 37 Links and 23 Headings – this much better for accessibility

 Google maps has hidden option to produce much better output for accessibility ?output=html

Firefox supports aria – however google mail has lots of empty content and flash frames at the top of the page – we need better signposting to basic html pages – this is much better for accessibility – even if you are using JS.

– Example of google chat – doesn’t work (even with aria) – using a screen reader.

YouTube video – demo of bad CAPTCHA on You Tube.

Example of Google Account CAPTCHA – offer three lines of attack.

Image, very bad audio (distorted), screen reader help – will take you to option to have google setup account for you.

Disney makes it hard for people to use screen magnification – too much dynamic content and movement.

Some site use very small click targets or bad flash navigation – sign community is one example of good flash navigation – but also supports text only version.

Voice recognition does not work with flash, silverlight, etc.

Q & A

sifr is not good for screen readers as the amount of flash will kill the screen reader if there are more than a couple of sifr fields

can turn off flash, but this may be needed for other sites, so will be a pain to toggle on and off.

Lots of groups will benefit from accessible websites not just blind or partially sited


One Response to “Designing for All in a Web2.0 World – Robin Christopherson (#FOWD)”

  1. Mobile Website Design Says:
    July 6th, 2010 at 10:56

    I’ve found a lot of new clients by showing them how bad their website looks on my mobile device (a Blackberry in this case). I’m surprised at how many website design companies are not offering this simple solution to their clients.

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