All 9.2 – June 2010 articles

ICT and People with Cognitive Disabilities: Variations in Assistive Technology

Usability professionals should make a point of recruiting people with disabilities, including cognitive disabilities, for focus groups and for user test panels. [Read More]

Access in Africa: A Personal Perspective

A digitizing project highlighted additional accessibility challenges for many in Africa: a lack of the basic infrastructure that the Global North takes for granted. [Read More]

Design to Read: Guidelines for People Who Do Not Read Easily

This article explores the possibility that similar guidelines for designing and writing clearly and simply can make reading easier for many groups and many situations. [Read More]

Accessible, Private, and Independent Voting: The Prime III Voting System

The Prime III Voting System is pursuing the ultimate goal of electronic voting systems; a single design that allows everyone to vote privately and independently. [Read More]

Usability Testing by People with Disabilities: Some Guerrilla Tactics

Guerrilla usability testing software assists testing with people with disabilities leading to more usable and accessible software for all users—disabled, non-disabled, and seniors. [Read More]

Universal Life: Multi-User Virtual Environments for People with Disabilities

It’s necessary to consider the benefit that barrier-free virtual environments provide for people with disabilities in terms of pain management, distraction, and socialization. [Read More]

Social Network Sites for Older Adults: Online User Experience for Korean Seniors

Designing social networking systems which meet the needs of current seniors will enable them to use these systems to improve their quality of life. [Read More]

Accessibility on the Web: The Web Accessibility Initiative

WAI provides an international forum for collaboration among industry, disability organizations, accessibility researchers, government, and individuals interested in web accessibility. [Read More]

Solving Interaction and Design for All: Tackling UX Challenges with Accessibility Insights

Focusing on accessibility objectives can help surface UX issues go beyond “accidental benefits” and improve a product or site’s overall usability through accessibility insights. [Read More]

STC Conference Accessibility Guides: How (and Why) They Were Created

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The Conference Accessibility Guide of the Society for Technical Communication is a source of information for conference attendees with accessibility issues. [Read More]

The View from Here: A Call to Action for Universal Design from the United Nations

Usability professionals should lead the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities relative to accessibility and universal design. [Read More]

Book Review: Providing Access for All

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This compendium provides intellectual tools for those active in changing the world by making products and services more available to all who could benefit from them. [Read More]

Editor’s Note: Why Usable Accessibility?

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Say the word “accessibility” in a room full of usability professionals and you will get many reactions. For some it’s a cause. To others, it’s yet another requirement that has to be met. For many of the authors in this issue, it is simply part of usability. The ISO 9241-20 standard agrees, defining accessibility as […] [Read More]

Editor’s Note: Transitions at UX Magazine


This issue of User Experience brings with it a set of transitions. As last issue’s readers learned, former editor-in-chief Aaron Marcus has stepped down and we have flattened the UPA Publications hierarchy by not replacing him—in part, because he’s irreplaceable. As director of publications, I have accepted the challenge to integrate our UPA Publications portfolio, […] [Read More]

What’s News: Blio Software: E-reader = Easy to Read?

Blio, designed to make e-books accessible to the visually impaired, allows users to read, or have read to them, e-books on regular computers or handheld devices. [Read More]

Rubes Cartoon: Right Metaphor, Wrong Motivation

Cartoons from the wild and twisted world of Leigh Rubin, syndicated cartoonist. [Read More]