Industry News from Around the Web - December 2016

December

Design

  • Accessibility, Like a Rare Coin, Can Be Priceless

    By T. Babins (Nov 30, 2016)

    • "This is why accessibility continues to be such an important aspect of technology. It reduces barriers to the information everyone needs for school, work, and life."
    • "And, because I can access such a vast array of information from the phone I hold in my hand, I make better decisions and am more independent and productive than ever before. I’m really no different than anyone else."
  • Go to Age & Ability



Statistics

  • UI earns No. 1 ranking in university website accessibility

    by Nicole Dahya

    • "If technology or websites aren’t accessible, my ability to do my job independently is compromised."
    • "Certainly the culture has changed...The culture of being proactive about this is getting a lot better."
  • Go to Iowa Now
  • Inaccessible websites dent business profits, as online shoppers ‘click away’

    By Tristan Parker (Dec 21, 2016)

    • "In fact, the survey found that over 80% of online shoppers with access needs will choose to spend their money on websites with the fewest barriers in place for them, as opposed to the cheapest."
    • "The five most common website problems identified by survey respondents were: crowded pages; poor link information; filling in forms; moving images or graphics; and poor legibility, including colour contrast and text layout.
    • "No matter how sophisticated or efficient AT might be or how competent its user, unless a website is designed and developed to take access needs into account, the capacity of AT to overcome access barriers will always be limited."
  • Go to E-Access Bulletin LIVE

Innovation

  • Voice Is the Next Big Platform, and Alexa Will Own It

    By Jessi Hempel (Dec 8, 2016)

    • "By the following year, Gartner predicts that 30 percent of our interactions with technology will happen through conversations with smart machines."
  • Go to BACKCHANNEL
  • UX Trends 2017

    By Tomas Laurinavicius (Dec 4, 2016)

    • "I’m now starting to see age-responsive design, which adapts content and structure to a wide range of ages."
    • "One more important thing is how "voice recognition" will change the UX industry."
  • Go to Forbes

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