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Re: international accessibility standards for mobile app development


From: John E Brandt
Date: Mar 25, 2011 1:21PM

Great question. And an interesting observation from Jared.

I am literally right in the middle of pulling together a list of lists of
"apps for assistive technology" and have been struggling with this exact
issue. I've taken a closer look at a number of the apps that have been
listed by various sources and I have even downloaded and "tested" a number
of the free ones. My first observation of many of them were that they were
basically junk. Many of them getting "one star" in the App Store reviews and
lots of complaints. I can't understand how anyone would have put them on a
"recommended" list. This then led me to Jennison's question about any
standards. For example, does the app work with the native VoiceOver screen
reader in the iOS?

To be fair, there are some apps which are beautifully designed specifically
as AT - particularly some of the Augmentative and alternative communication
(AAC ) devices.

I'll post the link to the list of lists when it is done. I can assure you
there are lots of disclaimers on the page.


John E. Brandt
Augusta, Maine, USA

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jennison Mark
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 2:23 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] international accessibility standards for mobile app


A question was asked of me - is there a set of internationally recognized
accessibility standards or guidelines that explicitly address mobile app
development (i.e., something like WCAG specifically for developing
accessible mobile apps)?

If these do not exist, for those of you who have developed your own internal
requirements for accessible mobile app development, what
standard(s) have these been built to meet?


Jennison Mark Asuncion
Co-Director, Adaptech Research Network <www.adaptech.org> LinkedIn at