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September 14, 2010

Web accessibility for users with cognitive disabilities

I gave a short presentation today at Michigan Marketing & Design on web accessibility for users with cognitive disabilities. This was just something I threw together for an internal seminar, but it was well received and I was asked to post it online.

I feel a little sheepish about this as I borrowed heavily from the references I listed (as noted in my outline). But here it is in case anyone finds this to be a useful summary.

http://mmd.umich.edu/cognitive

I used Eric Meyer's classic S5 CSS presentation web app. I'm not quite sure how accessible the app itself is. I switched it to outline mode and cleaned up the CSS a bit in hopes that it will be more accessible now. But please let me know if you experience any problems.

Posted by levi at 09:04 PM | Comments (1)

September 13, 2010

Symbian and Android will dominate the mobile operating system market by 2014

This could have a huge impact on which mobile platforms we support. Things are changing much faster in the mobile world than in the desktop browser world.

Via CNN:

“Gartner expects that Symbian and Android together will account for 59.8 percent of the total worldwide mobile OS market by 2014, split almost equally -- Symbian with 30.2 percent, and Android with 29.6 percent.

Android is already closing the gap with the market leader. By the end of 2010, Gartner says, Google's Android will sneak into second place behind Nokia-backed Symbian with 17.7 percent market share, compared to Symbian's 40.1 percent.

At the end of 2009, Android OS had just 3.9 percent market share, the research firm reported.

Gartner's predictions don't bode well for RIM's BlackBerry OS and Apple's iOS. Those platforms, which ended 2009 with 19.9 percent and 14.4 percent of the market, respectively, are expected to take the third and fourth spots this year.”

Posted by levi at 08:44 PM

September 08, 2010

Michigan Mobile usability conference

Michigan State University to host a Michigan World Usability Day conference focusing on mobile usability. Michigan Marketing & Design is committed to both mobile development and usability best practices, and hopes to represent.

“World Usability Day 2010 in Michigan

Michigan State University's Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) will host Michigan's 6th annual World Usability Day event on November 11th at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. This year's theme will be Mobile Communication and will focus on the usability of websites on cell phones, tablets, PDAs, and other portable devices.

* Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
* Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (speakers and workshop)
* Cost: Free (boxed lunch available at cost)
* Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing

* Talking Points: A Mobile Orientation and Information System for the Visually Impaired
* Mark Newman, University of Michigan School of Information
* User Experience Research in Mobile Applications
* Kris Mihalic, Nokia
* Building Mobile Experiences: Testing Rapid Functional Prototypes in Real Contexts of Use
* Frank Bentley, Motorola
* New Usability Process at the State of Michigan
* Chuck Baird, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget
* Best Practices for Mobile Application Design
* Jason Withrow, Washtenaw Community College Internet Professional Program

* Workshop: Designing Mobile Applications Using Adobe Flash
* Nick Kwiatkowski, Michigan State University Telecommunication Systems, Michigan Flex Users Group”

Posted by levi at 08:41 PM

September 02, 2010

Mobile accessibility to be featured at Accessibility Summit

The Office of Institutional Equity and the Michigan Usability
Professionals’ Association are co-hosting a free group viewing of the
Accessibility Summit
, an all-day, online conference featuring national
leaders on the web accessibility front. Michigan Marketing & Design has secured two seats, as we are committed to both mobile development and accessibility best practices.

Mobile Accessibility by Derek Featherstone

The popularity of mobile technology is growing about as fast as mobile companies can produce new smartphones. Maybe even faster.

In this session, we'll look at how various mobile platforms have evolved in terms of accessibility for people with disabilities.

You'll learn about the accessibility features of the major mobile platforms as well as the features available to both the user and the developer for delivering accessible web content and applications.”

Posted by levi at 08:38 PM