Braille is still relevant – a Tribute to Louis Braille

4th January is birthday of Mr. Louis Braille (1809 – 1852). He is the inventor of script Braille – a written script for people with vision impairment and those who are deaf and blind.

Though there is so much advancement in Technology, still Braille plays a key role in the lives of people with vision impairment and deaf blind. We see there are several arguments like “well, there are now computers that could replace Braille” or “audio books would be handy and there is no need of Braille” and so on… Correct, there are several alternatives but nothing could replace Braille. Here are some benefits of Braille:

  • Braille is the only form that helps anyone with visual disabilities to learn spellings; by listening to audio book, there is perhaps no way to learn spelling and using computers one has to read character by character but that wouldn’t be as pleasant as reading a physical book
  • Braille is the only medium that one can use even at noisiest places; Braille displays could be handy
  • Having headphones all the time into ears may cause health issues, again, Braille displays would be handy
  • For deaf-blind users, Braille would be the only option either for reading physical books or using computers and mobile devices
  • Practically speaking, Braille helps immensely to create awareness among mainstream world. When we demo using Refreshable Braille display, participants often get a wow experience

There are a lot of advantages than above! Lets pay a tribute to Louis Braille.

TaxiForSure iOS app – review by a screen reader user

We have invited a screen reader user Mrs. Kameshwari to write a review on TaxiForSure one of the popular cab services in India. Objective of this post is to raise awareness and make issues readily available for TaxiForSure team. We hope the team would make its app accessible.

Here is what Kameshwari says:

Taxi For Sure is one of the renowned providers of cab facilities in
India. I recently installed the IOS app for Taxi For Sure on my Iphone
4 to ease the process of my bookings.

I am a visually impaired person and I use a screen reader (a software
which reads aloud the elements on the screen for blind or low vision
users) called the voiceover which is inbuilt with IOS. While booking
for one of my travels through this app, I came across couple of
discrepancies which forced me to get sighted assistance to complete
the booking form. Below I enlist couple of such elements which need
fixing.

  1. The button for airport and city taxi is being read as “p2 folder”
    button, due to an incorrect label. 2. A few buttons do not have any
    labels at all, hence are read as only “button”.
  2. There is a button announced as “selected” button just next to the
    pickup location. Clicking on this leads to the page to search for a
    pickup location. A more appropriate label could be used such as
    “pickup location search” button ETC.
  3. Once we click on the “more” button, we are able to view options
    such as “profile”, “change city”, “booking history”, “price chart”,
    “track taxi” and “about us”. These options are being read as mentioned
    above, without indicating what kind of element these options are IE
    links, buttons. However the rest of the options such as “”dashboard
    feedback”, “dashboard contact” and “logout” are read as buttons.
  4. When we activate the option “change city” voiceover announces
    “selected change city”, however we are not able to choose or view the
    other cities.

It would be very helpful if the development team of Taxi For Sure
could look into these issues at the earliest and fix them.

Note: For testing with Voiceover on an Iphone, please follow the below steps:

  1. To enable Voiceover: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility >
    Voiceover. Turn this on and you would be ready for testing.
  2. Basic gestures for Voiceover:
    1. Single tap: reads the option highlighted.
    2. Double tap: activates the option.

Do write back to us for any clarifications.

Happy and Accessible 2014!

2013 have been a great year in terms of accessibility as we have witnessed great response for Global Accessibility Awareness Day, seriousness on accessibility from several companies.

We wish everyone a happy, prosperous, healthy and successful 2014. We at SG Accessibility continue to focus on speeding awareness on accessibility.

Thank you for everyone who have been supportive and providing us an opportunity to help you building inclusive web experiences.

Thanks,
Srinivasu