This is a great short introduction to using VoiceOver with Safari by the one and only Ethan Marcotte.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Accessibility on The Session revisited
Earlier this year, I wrote about an accessibility issue I was having on The Session. Specifically, it was an issue with Ajax and pagination. But I managed to sort it out, and the lesson was very clear:
As is so often the case, the issue was with me trying to be too clever with ARIA, and the solution was to ease up on adding so many ARIA attributes.
Wherever the pagination pattern appears, there are “previous” and “next” links, marked up with the appropriate
rel="next" attributes. Well, apparently past me thought it would be clever to add some ARIA attributes in there too. My thinking must’ve been something like this:
- Those links control the area of the page with the search results.
- That area of the page has an ID of “results”.
- I should add
aria-controls="results"to those links.
That was the problem …which is kind of weird, because VoiceOver isn’t supposed to have any support for
aria-controls. Anyway, once I removed that attribute from the links, everything worked just fine.
Just as the solution last time was to remove the
aria-atomic attribute on the updated area, the solution this time was to remove the
aria-controls attribute on the links that trigger the update. Maybe this time I’ll learn my lesson: don’t mess with ARIA attributes you don’t understand.
Sunday, June 12th, 2016
Some interesting outcomes from testing gov.uk with blind users of touchscreen devices:
Rather than reading out the hierarchy of the page, some of the users navigated by moving their finger around to ‘discover’ content.
This was really interesting - traditionally good structure for screen readers is about order and hierarchy. But for these users, the physical placement on the screen was also really important (just as it is for sighted users).
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
If you make inaccessible iOS apps, you really only have yourself to blame.
There are also some handy tips here for getting to know VoiceOver.
Sunday, September 19th, 2010
An emotionally affecting endorsement of the accessibility features on the iPhone.
Thursday, November 26th, 2009
"This site is intended to be a constantly growing and changing museum for the study and enjoyment of truly terrible video game voice acting in video games from the very first CD system, the Turbografx until the present day."
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
A hands-on account of the new accessibility features in the iPhone. Sounds like a great experience.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
This isn't new but it really is laugh out loud funny.