I’ve been banging on about experiential transcoding for quite awhile now – well since the EPSRC ‘SASWAT’ project and the Google ‘ACup’ project. The rationale is simple, sighted designers build pages to attract a sighted users attention to ‘important’ parts of the website. Even if they aren’t good designers, people will generally look at similar parts of the page as each other – or so eye tracking studies tell us. Continue reading →
I told you that accessibility-in-use would start to become more accepted. Apparently the W4A Reviewers – a notoriously tough bunch – seem to agree as they’ve accepted our paper ‘Evaluating Accessibility-in-Use’ to the W4A 2013 Conference in Rio!
Humans are approximate creatures, we aren’t precise, and if this blog is anything to go by, we aren’t concise either! So then why do we persist in pursuing work which is ever more precise using tools which are sold on their precision. Eye-tracking is just one example of this – an individual gaze plot maybe precise, but start to add participants and you get gaze-spaghetti; nothing precise there. So lets step away from precision – in order to get some focus (no pun intended). This idea has led us to think about a new kind of metric we’re calling attention approximation, and our paper at the CHI13 DigitalTV Workshop is it’s first outing. Continue reading →