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Re: Exploration - 'pin' for Thursday's Meeting

From: Henny Swan <hennys@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 17:16:20 +0100
Cc: Simon Harper <simon.harper@manchester.ac.uk>, UAWG list <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Message-Id: <0C67F74A-1E28-4BBC-BEE0-EEC3EE8983E6@opera.com>
To: kim@redstartsystems.com
Simon, you raise a really key point and something that I've been  
acutely aware of since joining Opera.

Discoverability is key and features are as good as redundant if they  
are not evident. I like the idea of highlighting features as a user  
comes cross them. Our implementation of Mouse Gestures [1] does this  
when the browser registers that you have performed a move in line with  
Mouse Gestures. There is a fine line to overloading the user however.

I agree with you that users rarely go to the manuel to find features.  
We implemented Discover Opera [2] for more generic feature discovery  
(Speed Dial, Sessions, Skins, Search) and I think this would be  
interesting to do for accessibility related information. Ideas about  
how to do this are:

1. Customisation of accessibility features available from the side  
panel in Opera.
2. Prompts when you set up the browser to customise it (scale, font,  
colours, icon size, pre-defined style sheets etc).

I'm not sure if what you describe is exactly covered by UAAG but think  
it;s worth discussing in one of our calls.

Cheers, Henny

[1] http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/gestures/
[2] http://portal1.opera.com/discover/

On 5 Aug 2009, at 16:45, Kim Patch wrote:

> I agree that this is incredibly important, and something that has  
> always been sorely lacking. This may be getting too far into  
> implementation details, but if you think about the learning process,  
> it often includes organizing and highlighting. It would be very  
> different experience if you could always easily discover, modify,  
> organize and share interface controls.
> Cheers,
> Kim
> Simon Harper wrote:
>> I think one of the more important things that we may be missing is  
>> the ability of users to self-explore the interface and UA+Content  
>> aspects of the interface. Many blind users who I talk with often  
>> state that they explore incrementally and don't refer much to the  
>> accessible manuals.
>> Cheers
>> Si.
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