The web as I want it!

02/19/2013
A responsive web site shown on different devices.

Responsive web site design

Just a few days before the turn of the year and I was bombarded in my social media and feed reader streams with articles about the things to wait in technology for the next year. Well… this year.

I will concentrate on a few of them that focus on trends to expect for 2013 in web design and I will give a sample of the articles I’ve seen. The next web presented 10 web design trends you can expect to see in 2013 in their article. Mashable, also presented a number of trends you should keep an eye on. The smashing hub presented 6 design trend expected fro 2013. I won’t continue with the list but as you can see from the small sample there is a common and usually number one trend in all articles.  Yes… if you are thinking responsive web design you are correct! Read the rest of this entry »

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Is language a disability?

02/11/2013

Language barriersImagine the following scenario. You are in foreign country where you don’t know the language. You might be fluent in English but that doesn’t count too much because most people in the country don’t know English. You are list in the underground trying to find your way back to the hotel. You are struggling to find a map with English on it. You are struggling to find someone to talk and be understood so that he can help you. For many people this is a quite stressfull situation. Personally, I find it a bit amusing and it’s one of the “remember the time when we… ” moments that you tell your friends about and laugh your herat out. However, if you are not on vacations and you are on business travel and have to catch a really important meeting, I could see myself stressed too. Read the rest of this entry »


The TV that… feels you!

12/10/2012
Elderly person using a smart TV

Elderly person using a smart TV

Why should people get sleepy while watching TV? Why shouldn’t a user friendly TV read our eye lids and take the courageous decision to either close or change program? Why shouldn’t the user friendly TV take the liberty to freeze the running of a movie to let us go to the toilet or alert us to go to the toilet in case we need to but are unable to see the risk? Why shouldn’t our user friendly TV adapt viewing settings so that we don’t need our glasses – a self-calibration of the presented images would allow the user to watch his or her favourite program without changing the settings.

So, the TV is a device that enables access to content but may also have decision-making capabilities. Access to content does not take place the way we have been used to: a child is not enabled to follow an adult film, same way as a manic depressive person is not allowed to have access to certain broadcasts, while a deaf person is given the necessary support through captioning and / or subtitling so that he / she may follow the program. Read the rest of this entry »


Crowdsourcing for accessibility.

10/15/2012

Logo of Blog Action Day 2012 - "The power of we"This year’s blog action day is dedicated to the power of WE. Given this bolg’s focus on accessibility I can see many ways that we can help for accessibility. Sometimes even without knowing about it. The story of CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA that follows is just an example of such a case.

CAPTCHA which is an abbreviation for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart is something that most of us have come across in our web browsing. It’s a picture with a set of words presented in a distorted way that aims to tell humans from computers apart. It is usually found in cases where developers want to avoid spamming.

However, as successful as CAPTCHAs might be in avoiding spamming in various cases they are also very successful in preventing people with disabilities to comment, respond, and use whatever feature is protected by a CAPTCHA. How could a blind person see and understand what is written in an image which doesn’t have and alternative text? How could a persons with dyslexia and other print disabilities use them? Read the rest of this entry »


Where’s the remote control?

09/24/2012

One of the worst things about the TV in general is the remote control. The person who holds the control has power! And the person who masters all its functions has the absolute power! To a more serious tone now, the remote also presents a problem for older and disabled users. The remote is hard to use, especially if it has fallen and broken or if the battery does not fit in very well. Then what about the confusion caused by having one remote that works with the TV, another that works with the Blue-Ray device and a third that works with the video recorder? Read the rest of this entry »


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