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Re: App development group for A11y and/or UX?

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From: Mike Bicknell
Date: Mar 29, 2016 2:37PM


You’re very welcome. Glad to be useful.


On 3/29/16, 1:28 PM, "WebAIM-Forum on behalf of Mike Barlow"
< <EMAIL REMOVED> on behalf of <EMAIL REMOVED> >
wrote:

>Thanks Mike, that's a GREAT list just as is.
>I've done a lot of ally stuff, mostly for desktop web browsers so kind of
>new to the whole mobile accessibility thing and want to learn more about
>that end of the spectrum.
>
>*Mike Barlow*
>Web Application Developer
>Web Accessibility/Section 508 SME
>
>Lancaster, Pa 17601
>Office: 732.784.3047
>Cell: 732.682.8226
>e-mail: <EMAIL REMOVED>
>
>On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Mike Bicknell < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>wrote:
>
>> Hi Mike,
>>
>> Yes, I’m happy to share the resources. I’ll post the info for everyone.
>> Maybe others are interested or can point out a deficiency in my
>>research.
>> Below is what I sent to our group. If you’d prefer a Word or Pages doc
>> with headings and such, let me know.
>>
>> "Xcode Accessibility Debugger:
>>
>> This feature is a developer-facing one, but I'm including it here
>>because
>> it's so cool. I first learned about it while listening to episode 124 of
>> John Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show
>> <http://daringfireball.net/thetalkshow/2015/06/20/ep-124>;, during which
>> Gruber and guest Guy English talk briefly about Apple's efforts in
>> supporting accessibility.
>>
>> With the new Accessibility Debugger in Xcode, developers are now able to
>> debug, in real time, problems with their app's accessibility. For
>>example,
>> a developer using VoiceOver can now make sure that text labels and
>>images
>> in their app work properly with VoiceOver. If problems are found,
>> developers can fix them right away. (A similar, but not new, feature is
>> Xcode's Accessibility Inspector, which also helps in gauging app
>> accessibility.)
>> While bugs are inevitable and beta testers valuable, the addition of the
>> accessibility debugger is huge insofar that Apple is giving developers
>> another tool with which to best support accessibility. In the grand
>> scheme, such a tool only benefits users, as more apps will be open
>>(read:
>> accessible) to those with special needs.” (Article from the iMore site:
>> http://www.imore.com/what-you-need-know-about-accessibility-ios-9)
>>
>> Note: Xcode is the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) where the
>> developers can work on their iOS apps. It kind of functions how Adobe
>> Dreamweaver operates for web development. Anyway. So, programmers can
>>use
>> the Xcode IDE to write an iOS app using Swift or Objective C languages.
>>I
>> recently broke this process down for one of our teachers and a student,
>> who is interested in creating apps. If you’re interested I can send that
>> along too.
>>
>> For iOS developers
>>
>> * Apple resources for developers and iOS accessibility:
>> https://developer.apple.com/accessibility/ios/
>> * Apple accessibility for developers:
>> https://developer.apple.com/accessibility/
>> * Apple, more for developers:
>> https://www.apple.com/support/accessibility/developer/
>> * A blog post from 2012 on testing iOS apps for accessibility:
>>
>>http://www.rosiesherry.com/2012/09/02/ios-accessibility-a-useful-guide-fo
>>r-
>> testing/
>> * AppleVis (likely a bit older):
>> http://www.applevis.com/information-app-developers
>> * AppleVis for programming iOS:
>> http://www.applevis.com/guides/programming-ios
>> * TechCrunch article on the WWDC:
>>
>>http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/14/wwdc-puts-accessibility-on-the-radar-for
>>-d
>> evelopers/
>> * CSU PD for Accessible Tech (2012?):
>>
>>http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/access/resources/MobileDeveloperResources.
>>sh
>> tml
>> * Universal Mind blog post:
>>
>>http://www.universalmind.com/blog/user-experience/apps-for-everyone-part-
>>2-
>> strategies-for-accessibility-in-ios/
>> * A course from SSB BART Group on “iOS Mobile Accessibility for
>> Developers":
>>
>>http://info.ssbbartgroup.com/MobileAccessibilityCurriculum-iOSForDevelope
>>rs
>> .html
>> * W3 on Mobile Accessibility:
>> https://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Mobile_Accessibility
>> * MediaWiki ­ Accessibility Guide for Developers:
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Accessibility_guide_for_developers
>>
>>
>> General iOS accessibility:
>>
>> Note: Look here for features you want included in your app design.
>> Accommodations for other disabilities, not just visual, are listed as
>>well.
>>
>> * Apple: http://www.apple.com/accessibility/ios/
>> * Apple http://www.apple.com/ios/accessibility-tips/
>> * Apple ­ Use Accessibility Features :
>> https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204390
>> * Apple ­ What’s new in iOS: http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/
>>
>> * Applevis
>>
>>http://www.applevis.com/guides/ios-miscellaneous-voiceover/intro-ios-acce
>>ss
>> ibility-blind-and-low-vision-users
>> * AppleVis and iOS 9 Accessibility:
>>
>>http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-assistive-technology-braille-ios-news-
>>op
>> inion/what-s-new-and-changed-ios-9-accessibility
>> * iOS Access for All book: http://www.iosaccessbook.com
>> <http://www.iosaccessbook.com/>;/
>> * iOS 9 and Accessibility blog post:
>>
>>https://www.macstories.net/stories/ios-9-and-accessibility-my-5-favorite-
>>de
>> tails/
>> * Interactive Accessibility:
>> http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/blog/ios-accessibility
>> * Interactive Accessibility ­ iOS & Android Screen Reader Gesture Cheat
>> sheet (very cool cheat sheets):
>>
>>http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/blog/mobile-screen-reader-gesture
>>s#
>> .VvVmZHCUmyC
>>
>> If you’d like further assistance, please let me know. I’m happy to do
>>what
>> I can. And, truthfully, I’m not a coder (I have web dev experience), but
>> I’m curious about it myself.
>>
>> Mike Bicknell
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 3/29/16, 1:05 PM, "WebAIM-Forum on behalf of Mike Barlow"
>> < <EMAIL REMOVED> on behalf of <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>> wrote:
>>
>> >Mike, while I'm not in a position to be of any assistance to you in
>>this
>> >process, I would like to get a copy of the list of "resources for
>> >developers and end-users regarding iOS accessibility" that you put
>> >together.
>> >
>> >Which brings up another point (that's probably best for another thread,
>> >but
>> >while I've go the thought here), does anyone know of a similar list for
>> >Android development?
>> >
>> >*Mike Barlow*
>> >Web Application Developer
>> >Web Accessibility/Section 508 SME
>> >
>> >Lancaster, Pa 17601
>> >Office: 732.784.3047
>> >Cell: 732.682.8226
>> >e-mail: <EMAIL REMOVED>
>> >
>> >On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 3:43 PM, Mike Bicknell
>>< <EMAIL REMOVED>
>> >
>> >wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi Kelly,
>> >>
>> >> Thanks for your response. We are involved with another school in
>> >>creating
>> >> the specs (an RFP or a bid) for the creation of an app. The app will
>>be
>> >> used by teachers of the visually impaired, some of whom will have
>> >> disabilities including blindness, visual impairment, and
>>deaf-blindness.
>> >> Essentially, we don¹t want to end up with an app that isn¹t so
>> >>accessible
>> >> and not so user-friendly.
>> >>
>> >> A non-profit would be great. I believe the final bid will be
>> >> crowd-sourced, so a private company might not want to invest a lot of
>> >>time
>> >> in talking with us. If that makes sense. (If a company (with an a11y
>>and
>> >> UX focus) wants to say hello outside of this listserv, that¹s fine.
>>Who
>> >> knows what will be needed in the future?)
>> >>
>> >> I did find lots of resources for developers and end-users regarding
>>iOS
>> >> accessibility, which I passed on. Unfortunately, I did not find a
>> >> non-profit that guided the conversation or that hosted a listserv.
>> >>
>> >> Many thanks,
>> >> Mike
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> On 3/29/16, 12:13 PM, "WebAIM-Forum on behalf of Kelly Lupo"
>> >> < <EMAIL REMOVED> on behalf of
>> <EMAIL REMOVED>
>> >
>> >> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> >I can forward this request to a friend of mine (co-owns a
>> >>website/mobile
>> >> >app development company and is working with at least one client in
>>the
>> >> >accessibility field), but can I ask what you're looking to do so I
>>have
>> >> >some idea of what to tell him?
>> >> >
>> >> >Kelly
>> >> >
>> >> >On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 1:53 PM, Mike Bicknell
>> >>< <EMAIL REMOVED>
>> >> >
>> >> >wrote:
>> >> >
>> >> >> Hello -
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Does anyone know of one or more accessibility and/or a usability
>> >>groups
>> >> >> for app development? Something like WebAIM, but for apps?
>>Currently,
>> >>iOS
>> >> >> app development is our focus, but groups with a broader focus
>>would
>> >>be
>> >> >> helpful.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Thanks,
>> >> >> Mike
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Mike Bicknell
>> >> >> Digital Research and Development Coordinator
>> >> >> Washington State School for the Blind
>> >> >> Office: 360-947-3331
>> >> >> Main: 360-947-3300
>> >> >> Email: <EMAIL REMOVED>
>> >> >> WSSB Distance Learning:
>> >> >> http://www.wssb.wa.gov/Content/offcampus/DistanceLearning.asp
>> >> >> EPIQ 2016: http://quorumlanguage.com/epiq.php
>> >> >> National Distance Learning Collaborative for BVIDB (Live Binder
>> >>site):
>> >> >> http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id22216#anchor
>> >> >>
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