Introducing Accessibillity 101 App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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WorldSpace xCode app iconFor most developers, accessibility is a foreign concept, and it's difficult for people who don't use VoiceOver to understand all of the data connections and interactions that are required. The simplicity of the Xcode environment makes it feel like if you just do a few simple things, you can create an accessible app.

To help developers create robustly accessible iOS apps, Deque has released the Accessibility 101 app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This free app shows you the most common accessibility issues, explains what's wrong with them and shows how to fix them.

What's in the Accessibility 101 App?

Accessibility 101 gives you a series of simple examples to help sighted developers understand the implications of the iOS Accessibility APIs and how VoiceOver users are affected by poor app accessibility.

Accessibility 101 displays side-by-side examples of issues we often see in the wild. First, the app shows how each example is done inaccessibly. Then it fixes each issue and describes why the fix is important.

And as a bonus, the app code will be open-sourced soon so that you can explore the code for each solution. Check back at the App Store frequently!

About the App Developer

This project was helmed by Chris McMeeking. Chris joined Deque after we heard about his role in developing an active scanning keyboard for helping people with motor disabilities use mobile devices. Since joining Deque, he has been the lead architect for mobile applications and the key contributor to the Xcode plugin.

Link to: Download on the App Store



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For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.

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