While waiting for the next monday post I’d like to turn your attention to a couple of interesting sources/articles that I’ve recently discovered.
The first is an article in ReadWriteWeb which explains how the Boomers generation is going to play a significant role in new technologies and their adoption in the future since in the US alone it is predicted to reach over 50% of the population until 2030. One might think… “and what this story tells us about accessibility?”. Well at first sight you might not realize that the buying power of that population will force markets to think about them more seriously. User experience, adaptations and a bunch of other technologies are going to come up targeting this particular part. Given that people over 50 tend to have a decline in various senses such as sight, hearing, etc. solutions and technologies will need to address those issues, giving accessibility a boost as a collateral benefit. That’s just one more research proving and predicting the… inevitable. You might have heard all this before but maybe the boomers will make a difference this time. Just wait… prepare… and see.
Next is a podcast by Breaking Development with Henny Swan explaining why and how mobile devices are benefiting accessibility and why developers should take this seriously. Nice, simple, to the point… all in all a very interesting interview for anyone who has to do with web and mobile development.
Finally, I’ll just give you a hint on the next blog post and encourage you to participate in this years Blog Action Day. Since 2007, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. Past topics have included water, climate change, poverty and food with thousands of blogs, big and small, taking part. This year, Blog Action Day will be held on October 15 and this year’s theme is the “Power of We”.
What can the power of we do for accessibility? Tune in on monday and read my thoughts…