Scoping and structuring my accessibility research

These days I’m the Library Web Developer at CNIB, but this role follows on from a decade or more in academic research based on design for accessibility. This blog post is designed to give an introduction to how I became… Read moreScoping and structuring my accessibility research

Accessible text input using TUP text prediction

1. TUP TUP (Transparent User guided Prediction), is a technique developed in 2006 by¬†Morten Proschowsky, Nette Schultz, and Niels Ebbe Jacobsen. It was aimed at improving the text entry rate on touch sensitive wheels. Remember that 2006 is the year… Read moreAccessible text input using TUP text prediction

Polymorphic task decomposition and accessibility

Polymorphic task decomposition is an extension of standard task-action grammars. It is a view of UI design that focuses on the actions triggered by user activity: on this, do that. What follows is a reflection on polymorphic task decomposition, written… Read morePolymorphic task decomposition and accessibility

Measuring Accessibility

Image of Pyrex measuring jugs

Welcome to the long read… As a web developer working at the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), I’m expected to create and manage accessible websites. Generally that gets taken to mean, do my sites hit AA (sometimes AAA)… Read moreMeasuring Accessibility

A quick tour of the main CELA website and its support for accessibility

Top of the CELA home page

This blog post is a quick tour of the CELA website, for which I’m the web developer, looking at it from an accessibility point of view. CELA proves Canada’s national digital library for print disabled users (see Introducing CELA). The… Read moreA quick tour of the main CELA website and its support for accessibility

DAISY playing: Sharing digital audio books using international standards

A Plextalk DAISY player sitting on a desk with a CD next to it

What do you do if you are an online digital library, and that even with assistive technology, you clients will struggle to select and read your books? A user base for an online service where only 50% of patrons have… Read moreDAISY playing: Sharing digital audio books using international standards