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Checklist for Pointing Devices

No significant benefits No significant benefits
Minor benefits Minor benefits
Major benefits Major benefits
User Groups
Visual
Hearing
Physical
Cognitive
Ageing
           
The user can execute pointing functions from the keyboard
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The user can modify cursor speed, distance and double-click interval
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The user can change the size, color and symbol for the on-screen pointer and cursor
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The pointing device has the facility to automatically move the on-screen pointer onto the active window, button, or menu
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The user can change the function associated with the buttons on the pointing device
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Operation of a pointing device does not require two simultaneous hand movements
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
The power to press a key should be between 0.3 and 0.6 Newton*
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
           
Touchscreens          
The text and background colour combination is of high contrast
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Major benefits ageing
Use of blue, green and violet is kept to a minimum
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Major benefits ageing
There is no noticeable flicker on the screen
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Major benefits ageing
White or yellow type on a black or dark colour background is used
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Major benefits ageing
Controls are labelled in a large high contrast font
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Major benefits ageing
Audible output or tactile output is provided for identification of controls and for results of activating controls
Major benefits visual
Major benefits hearing
No significant benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Controls are operable by a mouthstick, headstick or other similar device
No significant benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
No significant benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing
Commands can be entered by voice
Major benefits visual
No significant benefits hearing
Major benefits physical
Minor benefits cognitive
Minor benefits ageing

*According to the Nordic Cooperation on Disability (1998) the power to press a key should be "between 0.3 and 0.6 Newton". See Pointing Devices guideline for references.

Checklist for Computer Hardware
Checklist for Displays
Checklist for Touchscreens