Touch-screen touch typing?

Ok lets just accept that touch-screens are here to stay, they are in our cars, pockets, supermarkets, atms etc. Most of us are familiar with the on-screen qwerty keyboard and are able to compose text messages relatively quick. I draw the line at text messages, although htc desireHD and ipad are able to send and receive emails I point blank refuse to compose emails on the things. It takes me longer, I make more mistakes and it raises my blood pressure (may not be fact). I believe I’m not alone with my frustrations, many of us are able to touch-type quite the thing on the classic physical keyboard. Sadly this skill can’t be directly transferred to our touch-screen keyboards. Read More…

Testing application accessibility

Ok so it’s been a while since I have posted anything, guess I broke my plans for posting once a week. Anyways testing you apps accessibility, currently I’m talking about iOS, however the same concepts apply to Android, WP7, Rim etc. When is comes to web design there is no shortage of tools and applications to help designers and developers validate and evaluate their sites code and accessibility e.g. W3C, Wave and aDesigner. However the same cannot be said for developing native applications for the mobile platforms. Whilst the OS giants provide accessibility API’s and guidelines (some more detailed than others) they fail to supply us developers with methods of assessing how we did. Sifting through your applications page by page using the Accessibility Inspector (iOS only) can be grueling process. *ASSUMPTION ALERT* As a result developers don’t do it. They just validate, check for memory leaks and submit to the stores. Why should they care? Apple don’t! Google don’t!, Windows don’t!, Rim don’t! The applications just get approved. Misuse a icon, or cut into someones profit margins and your app will be kicked back in your face in a heartbeat. Make your print magazine or news papers available in digital format and provide no screen reader (e.g. Voice Over, Talkback) support whatsoever. APPROVED!

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Cloud based emergency service tracking (I Had A Dream…)

diagram of emergency vehicle sending coordinates to cloud service then viewed by cars nearby

Ok so this is a bit of a weird one, I guess it came to me in a dream where for some unknown reason I was completely deaf. Not sure what this dream says about with me but it was interesting. I began this experience feeling a little anoyed having just subscribed to 3months of Spotify premium (Still waiting on them giving me 12month free for my GuestList idea.) then not being able to full enjoy it. However as the dream developed I did other things including take a driving lesson. Read More…