How to Add Alternative Text to Facebook Photos

The news about adding alternative text to Facebook images wasn’t announced in the same way as the news that Twitter added the alternative text feature for images a couple of years ago. … … What is Alternative Text? Alternative text, also known as alt text, lets you add text descriptions to photos, diagrams, and illustrations.Continue reading “How to Add Alternative Text to Facebook Photos”

An accessible process for inclusive design (Google I/O ’18) – YouTube

Google spells out accessible, inclusive, usable It would be good if all designers took their lead from the likes of Apple and Google: inclusion, accessibility and usabilty are about the design process. Apart from clearly explaining how these terms are linked and can be used together, Google’s half hour video also has some tips and tools forContinue reading “An accessible process for inclusive design (Google I/O ’18) – YouTube”

WWDC: Accessibility has become a requirement

… At WWDC 2018, Apple introduced a range of improvements that should make its solutions effectively usable by those “left out” on other platforms. Here’s a short run-down: Hands-free productivity One of the most potentially liberating enhancements, Siri Shortcuts will deliver significant hands-free benefits to people who have autism or mobility challenges. The software enablesContinue reading “WWDC: Accessibility has become a requirement”

Pinterest Just Redesigned Its App For Blind People

… Pinterest, like all mainstream apps, has a contingent of blind users (though the company admits to not tracking them). Many use Pinterest simply to bookmark stories on the web they’d like to read later. And those who don’t use the service might like to, if they were better welcomed. “We asked one user, wouldContinue reading “Pinterest Just Redesigned Its App For Blind People”

Ford’s ‘Feel The View’ prototype aims to help visually impaired people ‘see’ outside cars

… Developed in collaboration with visual impairment specialist Aedo and GTB Roma in Italy, Feel The View is a unique device that uses a range of hardware to relay vibrations on a car’s windows. These vibrations effectively relay Braille-like feedback of the scenery outside the car, hence enabling the visually challenged individuals to ‘see’. ThisContinue reading “Ford’s ‘Feel The View’ prototype aims to help visually impaired people ‘see’ outside cars”

VoiceOver and list-style-type: none – Unfettered Thoughts

A bug that keeps hitting me at work is VoiceOver not announcing unordered lists properly when either the list-style-type is set to none or display is set to inline. The expected behavior is that the unordered list is announced with a role of list along with the number of items, for example “list 4 items.”Continue reading “VoiceOver and list-style-type: none – Unfettered Thoughts”

Control an iPhone with nothing but your eyes

Using your thumbs is so last year. There’s a new way to interact with your iPhone, and all it takes is your eyes. … While attending Apple’s WWDC as a scholarship student, Matt Moss had a chance to play around with the iOS 12 developer beta. In the process, he came to a neat realization: ARKit 2.0 opened up some unexpected possibilities.Continue reading “Control an iPhone with nothing but your eyes”

10 Apple accessibility solutions everyone should know

… The great thing about the accessibility tools inside Apple products is that they make those products better for everyone. Here are some accessibility solutions every Apple user needs to know. You are the great Dictation Macs, iPads, iPhones — even the Apple Watch — all support dictation. You can use this to dictate messages, emails, notes,Continue reading “10 Apple accessibility solutions everyone should know”

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 | The Paciello Group

This week (5 June 2018) saw the release of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 as a W3C recommendation – meaning that the working group (which, among many others, included members from The Paciello Group) considers the guidelines stable and ready for implementation. WCAG 2.1 builds on top of WCAG 2.0, and it stillContinue reading “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 | The Paciello Group”