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January 15, 2013 at 10:06 am #25226
I’ve just sent this feedback to the Google accessability department. I’ll let you know if I get a reply or a solution. If you have any thoughts as to a solution I’d be intersted in hearing them.
I am a recent adopter of your Nexus 7 32GB tablet. I am also visually-impaired and have been since birth, but have spent a lifetime as sightcentric. I find that your acessabilty options are weighted to being completely eyes-free, and hence difficult, nay impossible for me to use. I tried the explore by touch tutorial, and found myself trapped, unable to exit the programme. Somehow; I can’t explain how; I managed to escape it.
The issues I find the most difficult to deal with using the Nexus 7 are the small notification bar, and it’s tiny print and black background, the small size of the battery level icon, and the other icons on the pulldown shade, as well as the fact that they are blue on a black backgroud, which is more problematic for me to see. In addition, the settings menu with it’s white lettering on a black background is a difficulty, as is the limited adjustabilty of font sizes. I have chosen HUGE, but I don’t get the large print I expect to see.
My solutions for addressing these issues on the Nexus 7 are to make the size, the background colour, and both the print size, and print colour of the notification bar user definable; as well as a user-definable icon sizes, colours, and background colours for the icon shade. Any print size options should be more graduated, with users being able to select font size by well-known and standardised point sizes, rather than vague definitions of what a size is.
Is there any way that I can adapt my Nexus 7 to accommadate such changes, either by use of an App or by an official Google OTA update? Please advise me if such solutions are possible, or to recommend a suitable App. If not, will google include more flexible user-definable low-vision acessabilty features in future products?
To finish I will state once again, I am visually-impaired but sightcentric, NOT blind. I hope that Google will do what it can to help me make the most of my limited vision, and to interact with it’s products and services in a way that I find comfortable. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further infrormation or to discuss what might be done.
Molepox.January 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm #25255
Google’s brand image certainly casts themselves as a company that cares about accessibility so I hope they appreciate / acknowledge the feedback. Let us know.January 18, 2013 at 12:09 am #25299
They’ll probably tell you to buy a Nexus 10! :pJanuary 18, 2013 at 9:44 am #25308
I’d considered waiting for the 10, but the 7 is more hand-portable, and the other 10″ tablets I’d looked at didn’t offer me that much improvement. As I have a limited visual field I find that it isn’t the screen size that makes the difference ( I still don’t ‘see’ all of my N7 screen at once) but the text size that is important.January 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm #25330
Good on you molepox unless us customers stand up and make the effort to put ourselves out and offer detailed and constructive critism how will major companies continue to make positive changes and improvements that benefit not only themselves but thie customer base!