Justin Obara obara.justin at
Mon Nov 25 09:11:08 EST 2013

Hi Johnny,

I don't often use Google+ but would be curious to know what they are changing and why too.

In terms of UIO or more generally the preferences framework, it is my understanding that the simplify option is meant to reduce the cognitive load and distractions. This is achieved by removing the extra elements and focusing on the main content. In the recent designs  you can see that it isn't exactly a single column presentation. Rather it is a focused view of the main content with the navigation elements moved to a table of contents; which would also handle site navigation. That being said, a cleaner interface would likely be easier to navigate for ATs as well. You can try an early prototype of this functionality in our exploration tool demo. You could also look at things like readability and Safari's Reader feature which is available on Mac OS and iOS.


On Nov 24, 2013, at 11:26 AM, Johnny Taylor <johnny at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I’m wondering about something I’ve heard about in the upcoming version of UIO, the “simplify the interface” option. As I understand it, and I haven’t heard much as of late, it essentially forces content into one column, correct? What would be the point of such a feature? 
> Reason I ask is because I was made aware of a feature in Google+ this week that allows a user to turn on “accessibility” to “change the presentation of some pages to work better with screen readers and other assistive tools.” 
> It appears that isn’t all that is at work here. Google is altering  their code too. It’s hard to tell what for, the altered code is just as unclear as to what purpose it serves as the unaltered code, but significant chunks of code are being changed. Anyway, not the point, rather I was interested if you offered this feature in UIO for the same reason as Google claims to? For AT? And if so, why would it help?
> When anyone can.
> Thanks,
> Johnny
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