Category Archives: Mobile

Started a 30 days with Android experiment

After I revisited the results of my Switching to Android experiment, and finding most (like 99.5%) items in order now, I decided on Tuesday to conduct a serious 30 days with Android endeavor. I have handed in my iPhone to … Continue reading

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Revisiting the “Switch to Android full-time” experiment

Just over a year ago, I conducted an experiment to see whether it would be possible for me to switch to an Android device full-time for my productive smartphone needs. The conclusion back then was that there were still too … Continue reading

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Some do’s and dont’s we gathered from making the Firefox OS UI more accessible

In my last post, I mentioned that we learned a few things from making the Firefox OS UI, code-named Gaia, more accessible over the past few months. This produced quite a few questions about what these things were. So rather … Continue reading

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Accessibility in Firefox for Android: Some more technical background, Part II

A long while back, I wrote a post explaining some of the more technical details of the implementation of the accessibility in Firefox for Android. If you want to read the whole post, feel free to do so and then … Continue reading

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WAI-ARIA showcase: Microsoft Office web apps

Prompted by the recent Microsoft and GW Micro partnership announcement, I took a long overdue look at Microsoft’s Office 365 product offerings. The Home Premium edition not only gives you five installations of full Office Professional versions in your household, … Continue reading

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Why accessibility APIs matter

This morning, Victor from payPal and I got into an exchange on Twitter regarding the ChromeVox extension. ChromeVox is a Chrome extension which provides screen reading functionality for blind users. Through keyboard commands, the user can navigate page content by … Continue reading

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What’s New for TalkBack users in Firefox 25 for Android

Firefox 25 for Android, out as an official release end of October, and on the Aurora channel since August 9, will include a number of new features for visually impaired users. This continues a series of new features introduced in … Continue reading

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Small demo video about Firefox OS accessibility

Over the past few weeks, especially after the launch of Firefox OS devices in early July, I received a lot of questions about the accessibility of this mobile operating system purely based on web technologies. To answer that, I made … Continue reading

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New features for TalkBack users in Firefox for Android 24

Today, I have some exciting news to share with you! Firefox for Android 24 will bring a lot of noticeable improvements for users of TalkBack and alternative Android screen readers. Here’s a round-up of those enhancements and new features: Braille … Continue reading

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Advancements in the accessibility of Facebook

In December 2011, I wrote this overview of the accessibility of social network sites and apps, and I had to paint a rather sad picture about most of the accessibility experiences.¬†As time went by, some things improved here and there, … Continue reading

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Switching to Android full-time – an experiment

A few weeks ago, I decided to conduct an experiment. I wanted to determine if Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean” was finally ready for me to switch to full-time, away from an iPhone. Background I’ve been an iPhone user for four … Continue reading

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Advanced ARIA tip #1: Tabs in web apps

The following article will describe how to properly create accessible tabs in web apps. This is important for both mobile and desktop web applications. Tabs are not native to HTML5, so if you simulate them, you’ll probably use other markup … Continue reading

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Why do native mobile apps seem to win all the time?

Twitter is often a place of small, but thought-provoking bits of information or personal impression. Just today, Mick Curran, one of the NVDA core developers, tweeted this: Just used new iPhone app from @crust_pizza to order my dinner. Quite blindy … Continue reading

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My recap of the Accessibility Day 2012 in Vienna, Austria

On October 25, I took part in the 2012 Accessibility Day A-Tag 2012, in Vienna, Austria. This semi-annual event brings together people of various technology fields and organisations as well as end users with disabilities to exchange, share, and get … Continue reading

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Support for TalkBack’s Jelly Bean Explore By Touch now in Firefox for Android nightlies

This is just a quick shout-out to you early adopters that, as of the August 22, 2012 nightly build of Firefox for Android, support for Explore By Touch, Jelly Bean style, has landed and is now working. If you use … Continue reading

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Firefox for Android Nightly builds now with Explore By Touch

As of the June 28, 2012 build of Firefox for Android nightly builds, the Explore By Touch feature of the Ice Cream Sandwich version of TalkBack is supported in web content in addition to the already supported browser user interface. … Continue reading

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Quick Navigation keys now in nightly builds of Firefox native for Android

Yes, you heard correctly! Accessible Firefox for Android nightly builds, as of June 13, have quick navigation keys that those who are blind are most likely familiar with from the desktop screen reader world! In short, these are single letter … Continue reading

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Accessibility in Firefox for Android – Some more technical details

In my previous blog post, I focused on the user-facing aspects of the new accessibility features we’re currently building into Firefox for Android. This blog post is about the more technical details of this support. First, the fact that we’ve … Continue reading

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First round of accessibility support for Android in mobile Firefox

Lots of exciting stuff happening at Mozilla these days! The accessibility team is ramping up its efforts on multiple fronts. I am pleased to announce that mobile Firefox, code-named Fennec, nightly builds now have a first implementation of accessibility for … Continue reading

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CSUN 2010 recap

From March 22 to 27, the 5th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference took place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. It is most commonly referred to as CSUN 2010. The Mozilla Foundation had … Continue reading

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