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Re: New O'Reilly book on Context

From: Steve Lee <steve@opendirective.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:31:55 +0000
Message-ID: <CAEsWMvS0cGacve8BUsddvD9cxHVkhtDYgUKeqrJXbu0KjZf0+w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Anthony Doran <t.doran@texthelp.com>
Cc: Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, public-cognitive-a11y-tf <public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org>
Thanks Tony

Yes all good points, but my concern turns out to be with flat design in
general. I agree it's a good the Material Design docs provide accessibility
notes, though they may come up as short of coga11y as most other sources.

I started a page on the wiki as I'm not sure it is a full blow issue - yet.

https://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/cognitive-a11y-tf/wiki/Flat_Design

@Lisa - where should this best be linked from?



Steve Lee
OpenDirective http://opendirective.com

On 19 January 2015 at 10:21, Anthony Doran <t.doran@texthelp.com> wrote:

> Hey Steve,
>
>  I am not aware of any research on these guidelines - but there are
> specific sections for accessibility in there, with themes consistent
> with a lot of things we have been discussing:
>
>
> http://www.google.co.uk/design/spec/usability/accessibility.html#accessibility-navigation
>
> "Are you sure that your user and their focus never get lost when
> navigating between dropdowns, alerts and various screens? Think about
> how users will return to a screen after closing a dropdown window.
> Make sure that their focus will return to where it was before the
> dropdown opened."
>
> This is what rang a bell with me re: context, memory etc - we have
> discussed the difficulty of retaining memory of where you are, what
> you are doing when switching screens, dialogs. I remembered something
> relevant in the material design spec. There are also good
> recommendations for contrast, apps working well with bigger fonts,
> visual alternatives/additions to vibration/sound alerts, alt texts for
> video and images, labelled controls/buttons etc.
>
> While I'm not aware of any research on these specific guidelines they
> are pushing for a lot of commonly accepted good practise bits and
> bobs. As someone in industry for a while now I was concerned - I've
> seen a shift away from Windows, a platform proliferation. Windows for
> all its faults does/facilitates/supports accessibility pretty well by
> now. It's good to see some focus here from Google.
>
> Thanks, Tony
>
>
>
> On 18 January 2015 at 20:00, Steve Lee <steve@opendirective.com> wrote:
> > Anthony,
> >
> > Thanks for the info on material design as I've been meaning to explore it
> > for some time now , especially as Polymer brings it to the wider web. I
> had
> > thought it a pretty basic "themeing" however it seems like many newer
> > designs using a flat look it throws away afordances that make possible
> > interaction clear to the user when looking at a screen object. Instead,
> they
> > replace it with animations that give feedback, but only once you figure
> out
> > you can interact,
> >
> > Is there any research on this style of UI for coga11y? Either in general
> or
> > for specific preferences?
> >
> > PS I do like the material design as used in the new Google Android
> calendar.
> > It's clean a fresh looking and easy enough to use.
> >
> >
> > Steve Lee
> > OpenDirective http://opendirective.com
> >
> > On 8 January 2015 at 16:04, Anthony Doran <t.doran@texthelp.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> This is oddly relevant to some things we are looking at as an
> >> organisation, across our
> >> apps/programs/software/tools/WhateverWeAreCallingItToday. The rise of
> the
> >> prevalence of material design, the desire to unify the UX across
> platforms
> >> to provide a consistent experience, remove ambiguity and improve the
> >> intuitiveness of products. It is all good stuff. People need to take
> design
> >> seriously from get go. So much software with great potential is hobbled
> by
> >> badly designed, bolted on UI leading to a horrible UX.
> >>
> >> This is interesting reading too:
> >>
> >> http://www.google.co.uk/design/spec/material-design/introduction.html
> >>
> >> On 8 January 2015 at 15:39, Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>
> >> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Thank you Steve. I will order it.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Rich Schwerdtfeger
> >>>
> >>> Steve Lee ---01/08/2015 04:41:37 AM--->From the TOC this would appear
> to
> >>> have much of relevance to coga11y http://shop.oreilly.com/product
> >>>
> >>> From: Steve Lee <steve@opendirective.com>
> >>> To: public-cognitive-a11y-tf <public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org>
> >>> Date: 01/08/2015 04:41 AM
> >>> Subject: New O'Reilly book on Context
> >>>
> >>> ________________________________
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> >From the TOC this would appear to have much of relevance to coga11y
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920024651.do?imm_mid=0ca469&cmp=em-web-na-na-newsltr_20150107
> >>>
> >>> To make sense of the world, we’re always trying to place things in
> >>> context, whether our environment is physical, cultural, or something
> >>> else altogether. Now that we live among digital, always-networked
> >>> products, apps, and places, context is more complicated than
> >>> ever—starting with "where" and "who" we are.
> >>>
> >>> This practical, insightful book provides a powerful toolset to help
> >>> information architects, UX professionals, and web and app designers
> >>> understand and solve the many challenges of contextual ambiguity in
> >>> the products and services they create. You’ll discover not only how to
> >>> design for a given context, but also how design participates in making
> >>> context.
> >>>
> >>> * Learn how people perceive context when touching and navigating
> >>> digital environments
> >>> * See how labels, relationships, and rules work as building blocks for
> >>> context
> >>> * Find out how to make better sense of cross-channel, multi-device
> >>> products or services
> >>> * Discover how language creates infrastructure in organizations,
> >>> software, and the Internet of Things
> >>> * Learn models for figuring out the contextual angles of any user
> >>> experience
> >>>
> >>> Steve Lee
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Steve Lee
> >>> OpenDirective http://opendirective.com
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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> Texthelp Ltd.
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> Antrim
> BT41 2RU
>
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> BT41 2RU.
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