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Quick Hits – June

June 18th, 2014 by Steve | Filed under Accessibility Links.

It’s been an interesting couple of months for me, highlighted by a trip to India for work and a trip to Washington D.C. for fun.

Maybe I’ll blog about one or both of those sojourns in the near future. In the meantime, I’ve found a couple interesting accessibility and user experience related tidbits worth sharing.

Mobile And Accessibility: Why You Should Care And What You Can Do About It (Smashing Magazine)
Thanks to my colleague and friend Michael Seidel, from mkeUX, for bringing this one to my attention. It’s a really nice summation article about the opportunities and pain points that mobile devices bring to disabled users.

There are some great suggestions for coding mobile experiences, and much of it comes down to the standard tenets that any good developer or designer should be mindful of – properly semantic code; navigation that is keyboard- and screen reader-friendly; sufficient color contrasts; etcetera.

Automatic infinite scrolling and accessibility (Simply Accessible)
Derek Featherstone posted some interesting insights on infinite scrolling and the perils it may present to those with disabilities. Be sure to check out the comments for added insights as well.

It’s definitely functionality that is showing up everywhere, and yet it seems to present keyboard users with impediments. Derek advocates avoiding it as much as possible.

What do you think?

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2 Responses to “Quick Hits – June”

  1. Katie Barnes says:

    Thanks for sharing the article on infinite scrolling. We’ve debated adding it on our site, and it may be worth re-exploring to ensure we’re not negatively impacting specific customers.

  2. Steve says:

    Hi Katie!

    Yeah, same here — it’s an interesting side of infinite scrolling I hadn’t considered before and am going to look into it more.

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