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A new browser plugin that distorts web pages to simulate the online experience for users with impairments is aiming to encourage developers tocreate more accessible websites and apps.
A lot of people fail to appreciate that the majority of people with visual impairments still retain some useful sight. The Funkify tool is available in Google Chrome and features a range of filters, which intentionally make it difficult to read and navigate online content. The intention is to recreate how users with visual, print and motor impairments experience the internet.
A new beta version has just been released for testing. The team worked with people with a range of impairments, to develop the Funkify simulations, which imitate effects of sight loss (including blurry vision, tunnel vision and central vision loss), ‘trembling hands', dyslexia and colour vision deficiency.
The extension can be downloaded from www.funkify.org
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