Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Courage Kenny Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Welcome to Handiham World.

Reading online

Which devices and software do you use to access websites and read online publications? 

Are any of them accessible?
Pat holds up Android phone showing text from Treasure Island: Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Here I am, holding up my Google Nexus 4 smartphone running the Kindle app.  The screen displays a page from "Treasure Island" - "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest -- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

Novels like Treasure Island are a breeze to read on a smartphone with the right software. My wife uses a Kindle Fire, which has a bigger screen, but I prefer the Kindle app on my much more portable smartphone. Both of us can see the screens, so accessibility issues are related to the size of the text.  Both devices allow us to resize the text for comfortable reading. Since I use bifocals, I appreciate the accessibility on these devices. Both also browse the web, and the trend toward  "mobile" websites is much appreciated.  These websites feature larger text that flows to the available space as well as a simpler, less cluttered website structure.