July 14, 2010

Ubuntu Accessibility Team Personas Survey

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Penelope Stowe @ 14:15

One of the goals identified for the Ubuntu Accessibility Team for this cycle is to create personas that can be used by designers and developers to get them thinking about accessibility. Personas are fictional people created to give designers and developers a face and personality to consider when working. Personas just make it a little more personal rather than just concepts.

To help researching all the various accessibility needs of users, we’ve created a survey about how people with disabilities of all types use their computers. Now we need as many people as possible to fill it out. We really want to get feedback from as many different types of disabilities so we can figure out what best suits users as far as needs and where the major problems may lie. We don’t just want to hear from Ubuntu users, but everyone.

The survey can be found at two places:

1) On a wordpress blog with text boxes. This can be filled out completely anonymously (no e-mail required or anything):

2) On a wiki page that can be e-mailed to the e-mail address provided. This version also has some more background information on what we’re doing:

If anyone has any questions or anything, please feel free to leave them here or you can e-mail if you don’t want to ask publicly.

Also, please let me know if you have an access problem with both versions of the survey as I really don’t want anyone barred from taking it due to not being able to access it. We were able to test with a screen reader, but I know we don’t have things like variable text sizes or the ability to play with the colours of the sites.

We’re hoping to gather the responses we need by August 8th.

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