Re: [BCAB] AN EXAMPLE OF NOT THINKING ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH Agent Orange 07 Sep 2011 15:55 BST
All excellent points, Tony. -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Tony Sent: 07 September 2011 15:51 To: BCAB Discussion List Subject: Re: [BCAB] AN EXAMPLE OF NOT THINKING ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH Hello Thanks Chris for the Windows 8 update - had a look at the blog (which, likean awful lot of sites, had problems when the text in the browser was enlarged too much ...) From my point of view - someone who still uses residual sight rather than speech - this new OS looks like a nightmare. Given larger touchscreen areas it looks likely that the area will be crammed with aesthetic appeal rather than simple visual clues and the whole system will need relearning. I find it particularly interesting that the ribbon metaphor will be extended to other areas of the OS as well as Office. Has anyone known of any other application where the ribbon is used? Most people I know dislike it intensely andI haven't seen it copied on other platforms. This seems to suggest it is not popular as an interface. The ribbon enforces small fonts and small visual clues so to us is iherently less accessible than drop-down menus. The mixture of access methodologies used detracts from the coherence of the user interface, making it less intuitive. What we really need with the current obsession with on-line services is not a revamp to the user interface but a serious method of replacing paper archives. Ever gone on-line and bought something, only to find that you don't get an invoice or receipt? How to prove purchase if you need to claim the money back? Or had to fill in a form online (possibly spread over ultiple pages). Where is the single, fool-proof united mechanism that files copies of these for you so you can prove an audit trail? Regards Tony Dart -- To find out more about BCAB and the benefits that membership can bring, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/ To manage your subscription to the BCAB mailing list, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/bcab-discussion-list/ To discuss matters relating to the mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.