Ad-blocking software could make websites more accessible

by Beatrice Credi - 2015.10.05
Ad-blocking software could make websites more accessible
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The autoplaying ads are annoying for most internet users, but for those with disabilities or long-term conditions, they make those websites largely inaccessible. So this month’s launch of Apple’s operating system iOS 9 could revolutionise the lives of disabled iPhone and iPad users, because it will allow ad-blocking software to work on its mobile browsers for the first time. It won’t stop intrusive or auto-playing content on apps, but will filter it out from any web page accessed via a mobile browser. According to the English charity AbilityNet, in fact, for people epilepsy, for example, frequently flashing or flickering images could trigger or increase the risk of a seizure. While automatic advertising can be distressing for those with learning disabilities. Blind and visually impaired people can also have problems. If they use text to speech software, autoplaying animations or video that includes music or audio makes some web pages all but impossible to access.

Published in E-accessibility.
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