informs about technologies for blind and low vision people
The Blackberry Q10 is one of the few remaining smartphones with a physical keyboard. We have checked its accessibility features for blind and low vision users.
Many Android smartphones come with specific "skins" (graphical user interfaces) to differentiate themselves from Google's stock Android. Can blind users handle these skins?
In November 2013 we tested three tablets with blind users: Google's Nexus 7, Apple's iPad mini, and Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix, a Windows 8 hybrid with detachable screen.
In November 2013 we tested tablets with blind users to check how accessible they are when using the built-in mobile screen readers in iOS, Android and Windows 8.
Can blind users set up a tablet all on their own? We compared the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini.
To complement our tests with users, we conducted a technical test of the iPad mini calendar, recording issues and bugs.
To complement our tests with users, we conducted a technical test of the Nexus 7 calendar, recording issues and bugs.
To complement our tests with users, we conducted a technical test of the Windows 8 calendar, recording issues and bugs.
Inaccessible controls, non-modal designs, bad names or labels, or missing instructions: These some of interface issues that impact on blind people using touch devices.
Our comparison table demonstrates differences in standard output of the built-in screenreaders VoiceOver (iPad mini, iOS7), TalkBack (Google Nexus 7, Android 4.4.2 ) and Narrator (ThinkPad Helix, Windows 8.1).
Guerilla testing of a function that is critical to screen reader users.