category: accessibility

Apps That Force You To Hold Your Device Their Way Instead Of Your Way

Thursday, Jul 16, 2020
Thankfully at least it seems to be less common that it once was but there are still Android apps that needlessly dictated. I prefer using my tablet in landscape mode. It works better for me that way and it is my device. There are a few apps on there that force me to view them in portrait mode. Garmin Connect is one of them. Garmin’s app though I can sort of understand since it shows a lot of data with charts and graphs and such.

Frustration With Android Apps

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
There’s not that much that frustrates me more than having to use stupid apps to do things that could just as easily be done through the website. I just spent I don’t know how long messing with a well known pharmacy’s app to get my prescription delivered. First of all their normal website refused to accept my phone number. I really don’t want to have to go to a pharmacy at this point to not put more vulnerable people at risk if I am a asymptomatic carrier of COVID19

Poor Accessibility In Android Apps

Friday, Feb 20, 2015
I love my android devices for the fact that I can take them anywhere but I feel that accessibility is lacking. Too many websites push apps on you but the app will have tiny to microscopic text even on a tablet screen with no way to maybe increase the text size. It’s a real shame that no on seems to take this into account. They just care about pushing “pretty” apps that half the time don’t work properly to begin with.

Die CAPTCHA Inventor DIE!

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011
Die CAPTCHA inventor DIE! I absolutely hate captchas. It’s nice that sites try to block spammers and all but passing the responsibility on to the user in such a difficult manor isn’t the best approach. For example today I needed to enter one just to enter my google account. No problem except for the fact that the damn thing was even less legible than my hand writing. They also have an audio option.

What Is It With Pictures Of Menus On Restaurants’ Websites?

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011
Well I found yet another website for a local restaurant that is pretty much unusable to me and many others. Usually if we’re planning on going someplace I haven’t been I like to look for them online ahead of time to look at their menu if they have a website. For the place we’re going to be going I thought great I found their website. For one thing it’s slow loading and that’s just annoying.

Myths About Visually Impaired Computer Users

Saturday, Jan 8, 2011
This morning while reading reddit I saw someone who is legally blind ask for some advice on a computer issue. I saw some suggestions with good intention that really wouldn’t help and some things that were ignorant. I wanted to address some of them here since I see this in real life all the time being legally blind myself. The first suggestion that stands out the suggestion of wearing glasses. That’s a great idea except for the fact that if someone knows they’re legally blind chances are they would already have glasses if they would help.

Audio CAPTCHAs Suck Just As Much As Visual CAPTCHAs

Monday, Sep 15, 2008
I had to sign into Microsoft live today for some reason. Well being visually impaired like I am makes the graphical ones hard to read. Usually it takes me a bunch of tries to get it right which really is an inconvenience but it’s the normal thing now. As usual reading the text really sucked. I happened to mouse over an icon that was too small for me to really tell what it was but the title said “use audio mode” I thought how great!

Stupid Flash Websites

Monday, Jul 7, 2008
The other day I stumbled on a website for a pizza place in our town while searching to see if they have a website with a menu. I wanted to see if they had anything new. I always enjoy their food. What was really disappointing was to see that the whole site is just flash. except for a link to the designer’s website of course and what I see as a spammy area of text with keywords for search engine purposes.

CAPTCHAs Again

Friday, Jun 15, 2007
I came across a website this morning that I just could not sign up for thanks to CAPTCHAs. It was not a site I needed but just wanted to sign up to check it out so it’s not really important. I know I’ve written about this before but it can’t hurt to mention it again. The text in the picture was so distorted it was hard to read it. To top things off the picture had very poor contrast so it was hard to tell where the text ended and the background color began.

New Screen On ATM Harder To See

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2007
Last Saturday I had to go to an ATM at a fairly new store. The screen on the thing was different the older ones. It seemed to be an LCD or something like that and had lots of glare. You had to look at it from just the right angle but with me not being able to see very well I was too close or something. I had a hard time reading it which was pretty annoying.

No iPhone For Me

Sunday, Jan 28, 2007
Not that I’d really want one anyway since I’d want a phone that’s pretty much just a phone. Being visually impaired and thinking of those who and might want one I am surprised a company will eliminate so many users. It would be pretty difficult to use with no keys. I’d imagine there’d be no way to tell if I’m touching the right spot with it being just a touch screen.