Notes from Inclusive Mobility Talk

As promised, here are the notes I made in preparation for my Inclusive Mobility Core Conversation at SXSWi 2011. I didn’t need to rely on these too much as people actively participated and asked questions!

Talk is about making mobile applications accessible for ALL. Don’t want to just talk about people with disabilities because all people want to be able to use mobile devices in all environments. PWD are on the cutting edge and we should listen and learn from them.

Poll audience:
Who is aware of accessibility Api for iOS?
Who has used it?
Who has tried VoiceOver on iOS device (3GS and above)?
Any PWD here that use an mobile device?
Which one?
What do you like/dislike about it?
What advice do you want to give developers for making more usable apps?

Where are we with the different devices?


EyesFreeAndroid – Google solution
TalkBack(screen reader), SoundBack(auditory), KickBack (haptic)
Code Factory – just released new set of 10 apps and a screen reader
IDEAL Group – makes accessible open source apps for Android.
Speaking Pad – one of most popular applications. Type something in and press a button for phone to speak the text.
Does Android have an advantage with at least some “hard” navigation buttons? Or devices with “real” keyboards?
Edwin speech recognition app- how useful is this? Is there speech reco built into Android, now?

no built in screen reader? Can buy one but is expensive


Accessibility API
API helps to make apps accessible – what about mobile Web sites?
Voice control – do people use it?

Standards for Accessibility
What about ARIA? HTML 5 is incorporating ARIA so that should help make it more universal and force better support
Use standard HTML accessibility, avoid scripted controls (for now)

Google Voice
How many use it? Still relies on visual interpretation but does provide easier access then typing
Experience on iOS vs Android?

Dragon Nuance Mobile Development Kit
cloud based speech to text and text to speech service that can be accessed from iPhone and Android devices – developer kit that allows you to integrate into apps

What about captioning?
Google has beta auto-captioning on youTube – but that option is not available on iPad?
auto transcribing could allow you to follow a meeting in a noisy environment – subway, bus, conference, etc.

Self Voicing Apps? What is available how are they used?

What about using the cloud?
Access an assistive technology by sending data to via the network and have spoken text or perhaps a transcript come back?

Need for device independent interactions and events.

Lenovo has eye tracking laptop – do we see that going to mobile devices? Maybe for tablets???

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