Saturday, June 10, 2006

Five assistive Technologies for the Web

Designing websites to accommodate assistive technologies ...

"Léonie Watson of Nomensa introduces some popular assistive technologies for the Web: head and mouth wands, speech enabled websites, screen magnifiers, voice recognition software and the browser; and gives a brief summary of the design issues each brings with it.

Mouth or Head Wands
These wands are either held between the teeth, or positioned in the middle of the forehead and held in place by a head band. They are used to activate keys on a keyboard and in rare cases a track-ball mouse.

People who use these devices will have a physical disability, for example quadriplegia (full body paralysis), or under developed limbs perhaps as a result of the Thalidomide drug.

Designing webpages with internal navigation (skip links), clean and simple content and minimal links, will assist people using mouth and head wands.

Speech Enabled Websites
Websites that are speech enabled allow people to listen to the content of the site being spoken aloud. The site owner pays a fee to a service provider for their site to be speech enabled. People can then access the spoken word through a link on the website or through a freely available application.

Speech enablement is not intended for people with severe visual impairments, but rather for people with reading difficulties such as Dyslexia, or people for whom the language of the site is not their own first language.

Designing a website with well formed HTML code, which conforms to the official programming language specification, will enable speech enablement to work with greater efficiency and accuracy."   continued ...   (Via Usability News)

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