Never stop the magic!


A magic hatA few days ago, browsing my feeds, I saw an article title that really caught my attention. The title was “I’m boycotting intuitive interfaces“. John Pavlus explains the concept of intuitiveness and to some extend it reminded me my post on instincts, intuition and the famous… nipple!  As John puts it, intuitive is a UI that feels familiar. It feels like you know how to use it. But the word itself might lead to different expectations and possibly fears.

Intuitive is not supposed to be something that senses your intends and acts accordingly. Or at least… it should not be doing so unless you know why, when and how it does it and have a certain amount of control on it. Read the rest of this entry »


Is language a disability?


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 »

In the meantime…


While waiting for the new weekly post on Monday I’d like to turn your attention to a survey that in my opinion tells some of the story of web accessibility especially for blind and visually impaired people.

I am talking about the WebAIM: Screen reader user survey. This is the forth time that webAIM conducts the survey and it includes also some comparisons with results from previous years. I don’t want to spoil the fun of going through it but I’ll just give you a hint.

What do you think is the item that flashes first in the list of most difficult and frustrating items on web pages?

Sadly enough, as the authors mote, the list hasn’t changed much in the last 2.5 years they are cunducting the survey.

I wonder, will it remain the same in the next 3 years too?

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