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Oi App Developers, not everyone has good eyesight!

The BBC has an article in their technology section talking about a new app which should be available in the future on iOS and Android devices. I’m all for Apps to make my life easier which is why I originally wrote A Simpler Guide to the best free Android Apps (my attempt at keeping track of the useful ones!)

The app on the BBC website is primarily designed for blind people so that they can type on touchscreen phones but the article mentions the designers hope that people with full sight will use it for when they want to type but are busy watching something at the same time. …teenagers in their maths lessons? Sorry cynicism kicking n.

Regular readers of my blog will know of my despair with app developers who assume everyone has 20/20 vision when designing their apps. Although the worst offenders, (Google+ app for example) have no way to increase the text size on their apps there are others who would get ‘could do better’ on their school reports. These are the developers who limit their text size options.

An example of a ‘could do better’ app is Docs to Go. I love this app, it is very useful, but it also has its problems. The designers in their infinite (*lack of) wisdom have decided to limit the text enlargement to 200%. I’m sorry, but that is just not good enough. I need bigger. If you have bothered to put the ability to enlarge text you should allow your customer to know what their vision needs are. There are so many types of sight problems and vision levels that you should design your apps so that they can be enlarged to an extent where one word fits the screen. There is probably a lot of people out there where even this extreme size would help.

My point for this article is that people with sight problems are customers too. There are a lot of people ageing out there and a lot of them with cash burning a hole in their pocket. By making your app difficult to use you are alienating a demographic with money to spend. I’m not a businessman but to me that just sounds silly.

Developers, pretty please, make your apps accessible…?

My Experience at the Fat Attack Boot Camp in East Grinstead

This is my account of the Fat Attack weekend I took part in starting the 19th May 2011.

PROS

  • You feel great for completing the weekend, no matter how much you do.
  • The instructors are good.
  • If you can’t do the exercise, you can tone it down for example I walked 4k in the mornings instead of jogging 10k because of my asthma.
  • They will take your dietary needs into consideration BUT they will forget. I was given two things I was allergic to by accident. The lady organizer is very secretive about her ‘special blend’ tea, which meant I drank half a cup before someone mentioned it tasted lemony and she confirmed it had lemon in it, which I am allergic to.

CONS

  • The accommodation is VERY basic. When I was there, 2 showers between about 16 girls, if this bothers you, upgrade.
  • If you don’t do ALL the exercises that they give you no matter what the reason, the organizer may not want to weigh you rendering all the hard work you’ve done pointless and leaving you grumpy and with a sour taste in your mouth. If this happens to you, INSIST! After all you’ve worked hard for what you’ve done.

PRICE:

£400 for the basic boot camp. I paid £179 with LivingSocial deals

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN? No, simply because of the weird attitude I was getting from the organizer, I might try somewhere else though! I really enjoyed it and would have gone again but for the strange attitude of the organizer on the last hour of the last day. It was a shame because it was brilliant up to that point. I had to insist on being weighed and after being pressed three times she gave me the other measurements such as fat percentage that I had lost – and I did lose! Read the next few pages to find out what happened.

CONCLUSION This is an amazing weekend if you are fit and healthy. However if you suffer from ailments, (I am slightly unusual in the sheer number of mine!) then this might not be the boot camp for you. It is 99% outdoors with only one class indoors (Body Combat). If you are prone to severe sunburn then this is not for you, unless you do it in February! On balance I enjoyed it (barring the last hour) and my friend who is sickeningly healthy loved it.

Click on the next page for the full review.