A system and method are disclosed that augment a user interface with invisible elements that enable a visually disabled user to exercise functionality that is hard to discover without visual cues. The method exposes the functionality to a visually disabled user by adding an invisible UI element in a way that does not affect a sighted user’s interaction with the application. For mobile devices that have accessibility service activated, the mechanism works by adding invisible buttons to the recent viewed stack or carousel of screens to access the “Recently Viewed” panes, in one example. The buttons or other invisible elements are configured such that the accessibility system can still find them, thereby enabling the visually disabled user to activate their functionality.
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Levin, Noah; Macneil, Drew; and Manchanda, Alok, "INVISIBLE USER CONTROLS FOR SUPPORTING VISUALLY DISABLED USERS", Technical Disclosure Commons, (March 07, 2016)