All posts by Léonie Watson

VizWiz app review

Published
10th June 2011
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Léonie Watson
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VizWiz app review

The VizWiz app for the iPhone is humanising technology at its best. It’s a remarkable fusion of social networking and innovative technology. Blind and partially sighted people can take a picture of an object, voice record a question about the object, and send it out into the ether for identification.

How do you detect a screen reader?

Published
16th May 2011
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Léonie Watson
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How do you detect a screen reader?

The short answer is that you can’t. At the time of writing there isn’t a way to reliably detect whether someone visiting your site is using a screen reader (or screen magnifier). You might have heard that Flash will do the trick, but that might not be quite the solution you’re expecting.

Using HTML lists

Published
8th March 2011
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Léonie Watson
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Using HTML lists

HTML lists are simple but extremely useful. Like HTML headings, they help give semantic meaning to information on a web page. Coded correctly, lists also give screen reader users important insights into the nature of the content they’re exploring.

iOS App Accessibility

Published
21st February 2011
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Léonie Watson
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iOS App Accessibility

Making iOS apps accessible is remarkably straight forward. The iOS SDK includes a few basic accessibility settings (enabled by default for native UIKit controls), that can be accessed through the Interface Developer.

EU adopts the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Published
7th January 2011
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Léonie Watson
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EU adopts the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

On Wednesday 5th January the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by the European Union (EU). The convention was adopted by the UN on 13th December 2006 and opened for signatures on 30th March 2007. It was a historic moment for human rights, and we were proud to be part of the UN’s activities