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« on: June 01, 2010, 11:00:20 pm »

The iPad could be the best mobile accessibility device on the market

Filed under: iPadIn 1995 Dr. Norman Coombs, a blind professor of history at the Rochester Institute of Technology and chairman of EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information wrote that the rapid adoption of a graphical user interface (GUI) would close the door on computing for the visually impaired. This was in largely in response to the Microsoft's Windows OS, but his point was well taken regarding all GUI based computing. Speech output systems, at that time, were based on character recognition and didn't work with a GUI that relied on icons and graphics. He wrote that many impaired users had lost their employment or found their positions downgraded because they could not function in the new GUI based environment.

Jump to 2010 and the introduction of the iPad. Many solutions were created along the way, but comparing that early state of affairs to what is now available on the iPad dramatically shows how far the field of assitive technology has progressed. ATMac, posted a round-up of disabled user's experiences with the iPad, which according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK was found to be highly accessible and probably the best mobile device on the market.TUAWThe iPad could be the best mobile accessibility device on the market originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 01 Jun 2010 19:00:00 EST.  Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

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