Benefits of integrating this new technology at the base level have already included additional capabilities such as an easily implementable typeface and font size changes and support high-contrast color schemes for those with visual impairments; reduced motion modes for viewers with motion sensitivities; and expanded support for a focus state for users with limited mobility access Comcast's services via a screen reader or other accessibility technology.
Comcast said it is continuing to build out a shared component library of Lightning UI assets that it can deploy across its Xfinity products and via Sky and NBC Universal. Additional functions currently being worked on include the ability to announce on-screen text such as movie and category titles and a text magnifier that can display selected fields in larger, high-contrast fonts.
Comcast also plans to begin open sourcing its developments to help partners integrate accessibility features directly into apps and assets that they plan to deploy across its platforms.
Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility at Comcast Cable, said, "Collaboration has always been central to our technology innovation and development, especially when it comes to inclusive product design. This is yet another example of how our teams are working together and with the larger development community to create better experiences for everyone."