Use of Color in Mobile Applications

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… Continue Reading Use of Color in Mobile Applications

Prevent Confusing Acronym Announcements in Android

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… Continue Reading Prevent Confusing Acronym Announcements in Android

FireEyes Compatibility Issues with Firefox – We’ve Got Your Back!

Mozilla Firefox has changed its APIs and they will no longer work with FireEyes, starting with Firefox v.44. If you’re using Firefox v.41, you may have already noticed warnings from the browser that the FireEyes plugin is not compatible. When you see these warning messages, we recommend you select “Yes” to proceed, and FireEyes will continue to operate as it has before. But we have some FireEyes alternatives… Continue Reading FireEyes Compatibility Issues with Firefox – We’ve Got Your Back!

iOS Updating Content

This post was co-authored by Chris McMeeking and Jennifer Dailey. Updating Content consists of elements that constantly change, such as clocks and scrolling advertisements. Unlike dynamic elements that only change through user action, items that constantly change should not have every update recognized by VoiceOver. Implementing updating content in this way will make the app more difficult to navigate and use for VoiceOver users. However,… Continue Reading iOS Updating Content

Accessible Tabbed Navigation in Android

This post was co-authored by Chris McMeeking and Melinda Kothbauer. TabWidgets are a tool that can add great functionality to your mobile Android apps; however, they are inaccessible by default. WCAG 4.1.2 describes the need for all user interface components to have a name, role, and value to ensure that assistive technology users have the necessary information to navigate screens effectively. This is especially true… Continue Reading Accessible Tabbed Navigation in Android

What iOS Traits Actually Do

This post was co-authored by Chris McMeeking and Alistair Barrell. Accessibility Traits Accessibility Traits are yet another useful and important feature in the realm of iOS Accessibility. An Accessibility Trait allows you to choose the best description for what an element in your application does.  It is important to set up these traits properly so that a user does not get confused when clicking on… Continue Reading What iOS Traits Actually Do

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