Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Wellington start-up Appcessible brings smartphone apps to blind people
Posted on 7-Feb-2014 09:55 by Bill Bennett. | Tags Filed under: News.



Jonathan Mosen’s Wellington-based start-up Appcessible helps mobile phone developers tweak their apps to make them useable for blind people.

Mosen says the business is unusual in the software testing game because it doesn’t use automation. Instead there are skilled blind iOS and Android experts who step through the testing.

In some cases they provide developers with a feedback report. Other times they work with the developers to make sure the software is accessible.

After testing, Appcessible helps connect the developers to blind customers.

For the most part blind people use screen readers – that turn on-screen text into spoke words – and bluetooth enabled braille displays. Well designed apps should cope fine with these, but sometimes fine-tuning is necessary.

Appcessible is a great idea on a number of counts.

For developers making an app accessible to the blind means reaching a larger audience. That can mean more sales, but there’s more to it than that. Many apps are not for profit, they may provide a service or simply help people do something. Cutting off a sizeable audience doesn’t make sense.

At the same time, developers want to do the right thing. Mosen says the feedback he has had from developers suggests they want to make their apps accessible, but don’t know where to start.

It’s also good news for blind people. While there are a number of special apps designed specifically for blind people, most of the time they use the same apps as everyone else. Making that easier is important.

[digitl 2014]

digitl on Google+

The post Wellington start-up Appcessible brings smartphone apps to blind people appeared first on digitl.




comments powered by Disqus




Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Business email hosting options and a rant
Created by Disrespective, last reply by Disrespective on 22-Jul-2016 15:09 (25 replies)
Pages... 2


Johnny Moore: I blame baby boomers for housing mess
Created by tdgeek, last reply by jmh on 25-Jul-2016 08:01 (50 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Seagate release 10TB "consumer" HDD
Created by xpd, last reply by xpd on 22-Jul-2016 15:04 (31 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Android 6 location aware sound profiles / automation?
Created by timmmay, last reply by Stu on 23-Jul-2016 16:07 (14 replies)

Can I move no folding key for a Barina into a case that has the flip key?
Created by lchiu7, last reply by lchiu7 on 24-Jul-2016 21:10 (12 replies)

Does NZ really have an IT Skills shortage?
Created by surfisup1000, last reply by KiwiSurfer on 24-Jul-2016 19:38 (48 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Pc to Veon TV help
Created by ludez, last reply by driller2000 on 21-Jul-2016 23:31 (12 replies)

Anyone heard of iOffer?
Created by TeaLeaf, last reply by mattwnz on 22-Jul-2016 18:29 (23 replies)
Pages... 2