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Accessibility Assistant

Accessibility Assistant


Pointing Devices: Issue 1 of 5

Issue: Users may have difficulty locating the pointing device.

Because of the variety of different types of pointing devices, users with visual impairments may be unsure where to search or what to search for when attempting to locate the pointing device on a kiosk. Also, some types of pointing devices, such as styluses, are movable and therefore may not be in the expected location.

Populations Impacted: Users who are blind; users with low vision.

Potential Solutions:
  • Ensure that the pointing device is easy to distinguish from the rest of the machine. The pointing device should be prominently located on the machine, in a location where a user of the device would typically expect to find the pointing device. The pointing device should be tactilely identifiable, and the visual appearance of the pointing device should also contrast with the machine, to assist users with low vision to locate it.

  • If a stylus is provided, tether it to the device. Tethering the stylus to limit the range of motion to what is required to use the stylus will reduce the likelihood of the stylus becoming lost. A tether that retracts when the stylus is not in use would help keep the stylus in the desired location, but the retraction force should not interfere with use of the stylus. Providing a receptacle for users to place the stylus in after use could also help ensure that the stylus remains in a convenient location.

  • A user is shown interacting with a kiosk with a stylus.  The stylus is tethered to the device by a cord to prevent it from becoming lost.
Applicable Guidelines:
Section 508 - 1194.31(a), 1194.31(b)