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Iconfactory’s Tot updated for… less color

My Tot dots (at least, the ones in use) are now numbered.

There’s an update out today for Iconfactory’s little-notes app Tot, and as Craig Hockenberry points out, I’m responsible for one of its features:

The initial releases of Tot didn’t have great accessibility. We knew it needed improving, but experience has shown us the folks who need these features have great ideas and happily share their opinions. Over the years, this feedback has driven our development with VoiceOver. This time around, one of those people was our pal Jason Snell.

Basically, Tot’s launch screen was utterly baffling to me because I’m (mildly) colorblind and it was asking me to do things based on whether a tiny ring was green or red. I couldn’t see it.

As you might expect from the Iconfactory, this led them to carefully consider exactly how to attack this problem to improve the app’s accessibility. Craig’s blog post describes their thought process, discarded options, and the final result.


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