Your eyes are absorbing this webpage. They’re passing over this, this, then this word, right now. That’s how reading works, online: you take this for granted. But what if you couldn’t?
We grant our gaze to electronic screens for most of the day, and in return, they give us anything we want. We stare; they glow. We rarely speak, and neither do they.
And this makes sense! The internet is a boundless collection of text, images and video, channeled to flat pieces of glass and plastic, beamed through lens, retina, and nerve, all the way into our brains. It can show us anything, and for most web users, that’s exactly what it does.
John Hermann’s article, Giz Explains: How Blind People See the Internet, is spot on in describing how those who are visually impaired navigate web pages and “see” content.
If coded correctly, websites can make browsing the web with text-to-speech programs easier for people who are blind.
Slowly the web is becoming universally accessible. However, as more programs (applications) are written for mobile devices, developers need to stay aware of how to create applications that work with accessible technology, like VoiceOver in OSX or JAWS for Windows.