Making Wolftech News Accessible for all Users

We recently had a team from the BBC visit us to demonstrate how visually-impaired employees go about their workday. The experience helped us gain a better understanding of how to develop our software to be accessible for all users and why this is so important.

Throughout 2019, in collaboration with the BBC, we’ve been working on improving the accessibility of our product, especially for those reliant on screen-reading software.

The BBC has several visually-impaired employees, who undertake important work for their organisation every day.

One of these employees is Mohammed Salim Patel, whom we recently had the privilege of meeting. He is a journalist currently working as the Planning Producer for the regional television news programme, BBC North West Tonight.

Salim visited our offices in Bergen together with his sighted support worker, Shazaad Mahmood and the Senior Product Manager for Newsroom Systems, Iain Smith.

The aim of the visit was so that Salim could demonstrate to us how he goes about his job using the screen-reading software JAWS. This enabled us to gain a better understanding of the technical and inter-personal aspects of how a blind journalist fulfils his role in the newsroom.

It was truly inspiring to meet Salim and we’re grateful for all of the insights that he shared with us, so that Wolftech can continue to develop accessible software for all users.

Salim said: “It was a really pleasant experience meeting the team behind Wolftech and very refreshing to see their attitude towards accessibility.”

Mohammed Salim Patel (Planning Producer, the BBC) and Eirik Blakstad (Lead Software Developer, Wolftech) collaborating on making our software easier to use for visually-impaired users
The Workshop Team. Front row from the left: Shazaad Mahmood (Sighted Support Worker, the BBC) and Mohammed Salim Patel (Planning Producer, the BBC). Back row from the left: Nikita Ajit (UX designer, Wolftech), Åshild Apalset (Support Manager, Wolftech), Eirik Blakstad (Lead Software Developer, Wolftech), Synnøve Frøiland (Project Manager, Wolftech) and Iain Smith (Senior Product Manager, the BBC)