Accessibility Prioritization: Laying the Foundation with a Strategic Plan [Part 1]

Stategic A11Y Prioritization Matrix. Litigation risk on x-axis. User impact on y-axis.

You know you have accessibility issues that need to be fixed...yesterday. Maybe you've hired an accessibility consultant to tell you what's wrong with your site or mobile application.  If you've hired an accessibility consultant, most likely they've given you an assessment with a list of all the issues. At Deque, for example, the first accessibility project with new clients is often an  assessment and remediation… Continue Reading Accessibility Prioritization: Laying the Foundation with a Strategic Plan [Part 1]

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

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

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

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