Mobile/smart devices

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Introduction

Mobile devices have become everyday companions to almost any person. People are even expected to use them and to stay connected when they are moving, be it on the job, due to security or health reasons or due to private reasons. Many applications support daily activities such as communication via audio, video, text or haptic channel, web surfing, navigation, office (writing, note taking, pictures, drawing, calendar, calculator), gaming, media consummation (audio, books, video), photos, sensors and monitoring applications.

Such applications are running on a broad variety of different mobile devices suitable for one or a number of applications mentioned above. They might origin from different domains but are convergent in terms of integrating more and more applications. Mobile devices include mobile/feature/smart-phones, tablet computers, personal digital assistant/enterprise digital assistant (PDA), pager, calculators, hand-held game consoles, portable media player, digital still cameras (DSC), digital video camera (DVC or digital camcorder), personal navigation device (PND), wearable computers. More at e.g.:

This brings mobile and smart devices at focus of eAccessibility. The report SUNspot – Use of Wireless Devices by People with Disabilities (external) provides updated findings from ongoing data collection for a Survey of User Needs (SUN) related to the use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities underlining the growing importance of this domain.

Mobile Device Accessibility Resources

This section of the eAccess+ HUB collects information on Mobile Devices Accessibility linking into the most relevant resources coming from hardware, software and web accessibility as well as design, development and management support.

Accessibility aspects of mobile/smart devices lists items which have to be taken into account when designing and implementing.

Approaches to implementing eAccessibility for mobile devices: an organised list of resources providing general advice on proposing, defining and implementing an eAccessibility strategy.

Standards and Guidelines for Mobile Devices provides an index of relevant formal documents guiding the process of commissioning and implementing accessible mobile applications and devices.

Legislation for mobile/smart devices links to relevant legislation from EU member states and other countries raising awareness and providing an eAccessibility strategy.

Case Studies for Mobile Accessibility presents examples of best practice that can provide inspiration and reference.

Research on Mobile Accessibility collects articles and research activites/centres focusing on mobile accessibility.