Posts By Chris McMeeking

Chris McMeeking is a software engineer and architect at Deque Systems, leading development efforts on Deque’s native mobile accessibility analysis products. His journey in accessibility began through a project at the University of Michigan, The ASK Scanning Keyboard. This application won multiple awards including the $100,000 Intel Innovator’s Award, runner up at the Mobile World Congress, and the Student of Da Vinci award from the Multiple Sclerosis foundation. Chris is the lead developer behind the Android Analyzer, and an active member of the task force developing these new accessibility mobile standards.

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[Video] Android Accessibility APIs – How a Google+ Post is Implemented

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Let's talk about native Android accessibility. If you watched my video from last week, I chose Google Plus as our sample application and reflected on the good and bad of the Google Plus single post layout as it affects accessibility. This week, let's a bit more about how they accomplished this result. Going forward into next week, we'll wrap up with an account of how you… Continue Reading [Video] Android Accessibility APIs – How a Google+ Post is Implemented

[Video] Blind TalkBack Accessibility IS NOT Inclusive Design

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Our mobile accessibility expert, Chris McMeeking, will address a design feature he has been seeing recently. He will address why it has good intentions, but how it is inherently inaccessible for anyone who has a disability and isn't a blind talkback user. Below is a transcript of the video, the video also has timed captions. Enjoy! Introduction Hello, my name is Chris McMeeking, I am… Continue Reading [Video] Blind TalkBack Accessibility IS NOT Inclusive Design

How to Make Android ImageViews Accessible with Content Descriptions

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In his latest post about mobile accessibility, Deque's software engineer and mobile a11y guru Chris McMeeking explains how to make Android ImageViews accessible with content descriptions. Read on for practical how to tips and learn about content description best practices. Continue Reading How to Make Android ImageViews Accessible with Content Descriptions

Why the Android Analyzer is Paving the Way for App Accessibility

Learn about the newest cool tool from Deque: The Android Analyzer, which will help developers create accessible Android apps with the integration of accessibility testing into their development workflow. The Analyzer's rules have been developed in accordance with emerging WCAG mobile standards. Best of all, it's built for both manual and automated testing and can be specified to meet developers needs. Continue Reading Why the Android Analyzer is Paving the Way for App Accessibility

An Introduction to Native Mobile Accessibility – Featuring Deque University for iOS/Android

One of the most challenging aspects of mobile accessibility is that most developers,managers, user interface designers, software engineers, etc don't have a disability that makes the use of websites and mobile apps difficult. That is, they aren't able to view the process from a user perspective. It's understandable that this would happen, but it nevertheless makes their job more difficult when it comes to accessibility.… Continue Reading An Introduction to Native Mobile Accessibility – Featuring Deque University for iOS/Android

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… Continue Reading Common Accessibility Element Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

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