Dec 10th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
Simplify Data Tables
Accessibility of data tables can be achieved by identifying table headers and defining whether they are row or column headers (for example, <th scope=”col”>). Complex tables (those that have more than one level of row or column header, or spanned data or header cells) can easily become too complex for screen reader users to comprehend even though markup may technically provide the necessary associations between data cells and headers. Consider a table where 3 or 4 or more headers are identified for each data cell; understanding the relationships between the data and the appropriate headers can be difficult for users, especially for users that cannot see the table. When possible, simplify or ‘flatten’ data tables so that there is no more than one row and column header for each data cell.
Dec 8th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
We usually like to test the apps we write about, but we recently came across the BeeLine Reader and wanted to share the information they sent along to us. If you are using it, we’d love to know your thoughts. Please feel free to comment!
BeeLine Reader, a new app that increases reading ability and fluency for many readers with visual and cognitive differences.
In eye-tracking tests carried out by a prominent optometrist, our tools provided an immediate reading benefit for over 85% of patients. Readers with macular degeneration, binocular vision problems, eye tracking problems, and low vision find our technology to be particularly helpful. Readers with dyslexia and ADD/ADHD are also greatly assisted by our technology, and we have been featured in various LD blogs and webinars. We are working with schools and districts around the country, and our tools are used in both special ed and general ed classrooms.
Here are are some things that users are saying:
- “It feels like the first time I tried glasses. It completely removes any chances of me missing a line.”
- “I have ADD and do you know how much easier this makes it to read?”
- “As someone who is dyslexic, I found this incredibly helpful! Thank you for developing this!”
We offer browser plugins, a PDF converter, and an iPhone/iPad app. The browser plugins and PDF converter are currently free, and the app is 99¢.
Dec 5th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
Dec 4th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
Domestic violence and sexual assault is something that has been in the news a lot recently. As such, we’ve come across some helpful resources that could be useful to anyone using assistive technology (AT) or working in the field of disability service. Please share and share widely:
5 Ways To Make Sexual Assault Services More Accessible Using Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Tip Sheet (related to domestic violence)
Dec 3rd, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
Tables in HTML are intended for tabular data. Although using tables for page layout is not considered best practice, this typically has minimal impact on accessibility, as long as two primary guidelines are kept in mind. First, do not use any markup that is typically used to identify data tables. This includes table headers (<th>), <caption>, and <summary>. These tags are often used by a screen reader to detect the presence of a data table, which is read very differently. Second, the reading and navigation order of layout table content (based on the source code order) must be logical and intuitive (e.g., typically the same as the visual order).
Dec 2nd, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
The KNFB Reader iOS app is now available and we’ve got a great YouTube review of how it works. Check out our very own Joel Zimba using it to read some documents lying around the MDTAP office. And if you are using this app, let us know what you think by commenting on this post!