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Mobile Browser Support for ARIA Roles, States, and Properties

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Last month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the 1st Annual IAAP Access 2015 Conference, including a session I presented on the current state of mobile browser support for ARIA.  After the session a number of people asked me to share the test results and related content which I am outlining in this post. What Was Tested? Thirty different ARIA roles (landmarks and widgets) with key aria properties (e.g. aria-expanded, aria-checked, etc.) were tested with: VoiceOver on iOS 9.1, 8.4.1, and 8.1.3 Talkback 3.6.03/4.31 on Android 5.0.2/6.0 Firefox 36.0/41.0.2 Chrome 40.0.22/46.0.24… Windows Phone 8.1 IE browser (WP8.1) /Windows 10… Read More

Designing Mobile Apps for Use by People with Cognitive Disabilities

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Introduction This post is based on a panel presentation that I gave at the 2015 M-Enabling Summit in Washington DC on June 2nd. The goal of my presentation was to raise awareness of issues regarding mobile app design and users with cognitive disabilities. Several people at the presentation commented that the issues described would benefit all users — that is true and a good reason to implement design patterns that support access by the widest range of people. One distinction that must be made though is that while these may be usability issues for all users, when an issue creates… Read More

M-Enabling Highlights Forward Thinking Innovation to Benefit All Users

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As someone fairly new to the digital accessibility industry, it was a great learning experience to be able to attend the 4th Annual M-Enabling Summit last week.  I was amazed to see how forward thinking innovations like Wearables and the Internet of Things are being used by people across all abilities.  There’s no surprise why large companies like IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon were in attendance along with progressive disruptive newcomers like Uber.  The M-Enabling Summit offers a snapshot in time of where technology is headed for the masses.  It is important to understand that many accessibility technologies often lead to mainstream… Read More

The Millennial Generation Could be Changing How Designers Think about Digital Accessibility

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I recently attended the M-Enabling Summit in Washington, DC and during my time there I was able to attend a session titled ‘Development Tools to Ensure Mobile App Accessibility’.  The session was chaired by IBM’s Frances West and included panelists from Deque, Adobe, Code Factory, and our very own CEO of SSB Bart Group, Tim Springer.  Much of the session centered on the idea that accessibility compliance thinking needs to shift into the design and development stage.  With tools like AMP for Mobile, developers can have access to the knowledge and testing to help ensure accessibility is being built from… Read More

M-Enabling 2015 and the Importance of Accessibility Training

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This week I had the pleasure of attending the 4th Annual M-Enabling Summit in Washington DC.  For those of you not familiar with the event, this summit is focused on bringing together the best international experts and leaders in accessible mobile technology. The overall approach of this event is more interactive round table discussions vs. lengthy one-sided presentations. The sessions I attended typically had 4 or 5 panelists with a session chair, and each panelist spoke for about 8 minutes that then led into interactive Q&A with the audience. One of the sessions I attended was ‘Development Tools to Ensure… Read More

The Latest Innovations in Inclusive Technologies

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I had the pleasure of attending my first M-Enabling Summit in Washington, DC earlier this week. The Summit aims to set a unique stage for identifying emerging opportunities, technological developments, and future innovations for accessible and assistive mobile applications and services. The Opening Session and Keynote at this year’s M-Enabling Summit focused on many fascinating technologies and new developing ways to interact with customers and product users. Technologies such as 3D printers, cloud-powered devices, driverless cars and facial, gesture and speech recognition offer new features, capabilities, one-off customizations and interactions that can assist user’s with disabilities. Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect with Amazon Lab126,… Read More

Android 5 Lollipop – Switch Access has Arrived on Android!

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There are several accessibility features added with Lollipop – version 5 of the Android platform that is now available on many Android models including the Nexus 5. The new accessibility features include a high contrast option that improves contrast of text, a color inversion view, options for color correction to assist people who are color blind, and switch access.  The addition of switch access builds on the keyboard support provided with Android and is a big step forward. Historically Apple’s iOS had more accessibility features such as Assistive Touch and switch access (iOS 7+) — new additions with Android are… Read More

May is Mobile Month at SSB

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As of April 1st 2014,  new data released by Flurry Analytics shows that mobile native app usage on smartphones is continuing to grow at the expense of mobile web.  This growth is making it more critical to ensure that accessibility is part of your mobile app development strategy. SSB BART Group has been at the forefront of this progression, and as part of Mobile Month in May we will be hosting three webinars targeting mobile accessibility. May Mobile Webinar Series Accessibility for IOS Tuesday, May 13th 3:00PM – 3:30PM EDT/12:00PM – 12:30PM PDT  A look at IOS accessibility features, strategies for… Read More

Android Accessibility Properties and TalkBack

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Introduction The Android operating system from Google includes several accessibility features to aid individuals with disabilities in the use of mobile phones and tablets powered by the android platform. Among these is a pre-installed screen reading service called TalkBack which provides nonvisual access to the Android interface for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. TalkBack uses the properties of controls within the user interface of an Android app along with other factors to provide the user with spoken information about a control. In order to understand how accessibility properties set by developers in native Android apps are announced to… Read More

Android Accessibility Update

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This post is an update to Android 4.2 OS Released with New Accessibility Features from November 26, 2012. TalkBack The current version of TalkBack is 3.31. There is now a gesture to temporarily suspend TalkBack in the global context menu (swipe down then right).  After TalkBack is paused it launches automatically after the screen is locked. Items have been added to the local context menu (swipe up then right) to move to the beginning and end of an edit field. There are also items for navigating by HTML elements.  These specifically are for lists and controls and work in Chrome… Read More

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