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Make yourself familiar with different problems people face when interacting online.
Using simulation software
Before you begin using it, it's important to remember that simulation software:
- is not a replacement for testing your online service with people who use assistive technology
- does not cover all eventualities
But used correctly, simulation software can be very helpful by raising awareness.
This is because it allows people to experience some of the every-day challenges faced by people with disability.
Simulators we use include:
NoCoffee Vision Simulator is a free Google Chrome extension.
It can be helpful for understanding the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems, such as:
- low contrast sensitivity
- visual snow, glare, ghosting and cataracts
- rapid, involuntary, oscillatory movement of the eyes
- obstructed central vision (glaucoma)
Metamatrix Web Disability Simulator is a free Google Chrome extension.
It allows you to simulate:
- color blindness
- issues with concentration
- low vision