Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Greenbelt , Tech

An Audio Guide

The most exciting feature for me in this year's Greenbelt Festival Guide app is now available in the very latest version from iTunes (version 1.4): the festival guide can now talk to you.

The entire app can now be driven using Apple's VoiceOver technology, making it accessible to those with visual impairment.

Here's VoiceOver reading a sample now/next page.

There are a few quirks, particularly the pronunciation of words such as "Skatepark" at the very end, but I think it's usable. I'm looking for a VI iPhone user to confirm or otherwise.

One delightful aspect of this development is how easy it was. The feature was completed in a single evening, which raises the question of why there are still apps out there which are not fully accessible.

Posted by pab at 21:10 | Comments will be back later in the year. Please email me instead!