Next up: Gmail
Alex Gawley, Director, Product Management
- We now have extensive support for ARIA labelling
- Manual testing for new features
- Automated tests for regressions (tests addition of new features to make sure it doesn’t break old features)
We didn’t spend a lot of time on the navigation model until recently.
- Complete redesign to inbox and conversation view navigation
- Clearer model for regions of the UI
- Navigation labels
- Main – inbox and conversations
- Use of arrow keys, N/P and Enter to navigate between and within regions
- Rational model for managing focus
Alex gave a short demo of how this works now.
- Focus is given to 1st message in the inbox
- Jumped into navigation section (inbox, sent, trash, etc.)
- Jumped back to “thread list” (using the 1st message list in the inbox)
- Used “N” and “P” keys to jump to messages within a thread
- Anytime in the main view, you can jump into navigation area by pressing the left arrow
- Incorporating accessibility design and testing earlier in the development process (ie new compose).
- Integration testing to prevent regressions
Long term plans:
- Building in accessibility for all next-generation Gmail interfaces from the outset.
BIG QUESTION: does this require use of Chromebook hardware?