Common Accessibility Element Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Maybe this scenario sounds familiar: You’re working on your iOS application, dabbling with Accessibility.  You know a little bit about how to use VoiceOver and you’re taking a quick look at your app to make sure it’s accessible.  Suddenly you notice a button in the corner. The button is disabled unless a user fills out a certain text field.  You think to yourself: Ugh. I should…

Use of Color in Mobile Applications

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This post was co-authored by Chris McMeeking, Alistair Barrell, and Jennifer Dailey. How applications use color can cause issues for users with disabilities. For non-sighted users, using colors to denote information, such as the role of items, is problematic. It’s dangerous to assume that users have access to trait information through VoiceOver. Users with color blindness or other visual disabilities may have trouble distinguishing these…

Prevent Confusing Acronym Announcements in Android

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This post was co-authored by Chris McMeeking and Alistair Barrell. When doing accessibility testing, how often do you listen to the entire duration of a long announcement? For example, if you were to focus this paragraph with TalkBack, what would you listen to? The entire thing? Or would you listen to the first few bits, and then read the rest of the text, assuming the Android…