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

Deque Announces Support for FIPS 201-2 PIV in its WorldSpace Web Accessibility Testing Product

WorldSpace accessibility testing software now complies with the new mandate for Secure Personal Identity Verification (PIV) for Federal Employees and Contractors Deque's WorldSpace®, used throughout the Federal Government for web accessibility testing and Section 508 compliance reporting, now provides for PIV-compliant user authentication and single sign-on (SSO). Software products used by Federal Government Agencies are required to comply with the updated Personal Identify Verification standard… Continue Reading Deque Announces Support for FIPS 201-2 PIV in its WorldSpace Web Accessibility Testing Product

Dynamic Notifications

This post was co-authored by Chris McMeeking and Jennifer Dailey. Dynamic content in applications can be tricky to handle properly, and can lead to numerous accessibility violations. It is important to know the tools iOS provides you to handle dynamic content. Dynamic application content is easy to handle properly as long as your understand these tools and how to use them. In this post we… Continue Reading Dynamic Notifications

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