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AT&T opens up apps for developers, users with disabilites

Following in the footsteps of Google and Apple, AT&T has decided to open up and make information available for developers that will help them create applications for pensioners and users with disabilities. The methodology, called Universal Design, is “the practice of designing products and applications that are usable by the broadest possible range of consumers”, according to AT&T.

AT&T has already created some applications based on Universal Design, including Mobile Speak, a screen reader with Braille support, and Mobile Magnifier, a magnification application that supports low- and high-resolution screens, which it says are now open to the broadest range of handsets.

If any budding developers want to take a look at Unvirsal Design, the documents are available here. There are already some incredibly smart apps out there for disabled users – hopefully this will add to that number.

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