Update 2

What I’ve done:

As per Carolyn’s instructions, I read up on what makes a website accessible. Here are a list of useful websites to view on this topic:

After that, I activated VoiceOver on my computer (the built-in screenreader for Macs) and tried to do simple tasks, such as sending an email. I found it very unnatural at first, as I was so tempted to use my mouse to navigate instead of listening to an automated voice and using hot keys. The tutorial that is provided (as tedious as it may be) is definitely something you should go through as most of the commands are not intuitive (i.e. you can’t just tab around – there are specific commands for various actions).

What I’ll be doing:

  • Applying my new found knowledge on to the Orion project to find areas where it fails on accessibility
  • Compose a list of bugs (and fix them!)

Problems:

  • None

Update 1

What I’ve done:

  • Initial meeting with Ken to go over details about the Orion project, figure out meeting times, and tasks at hand
  • Read up on Orion’s accessibility wiki page
  • Introduced to Carolyn, who works mainly on accessibility for Orion
  • Received instructions from Carolyn on what to do (see below) for the upcoming week

What I’ll be doing:

  • Research features that make a website accessible
  • Learn to use VoiceOver (screen reader that comes with Mac)
  • Compose an accessibility assessment on Orion and create a list of bugs

Problems:

  • None