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From: Sean Murphy
Date: Mar 30, 2016 3:26AM


Mike,

The BBC have a very good detailed check list for accessibility on mobile platforms. Sorry I don’t have the url at hand.

One thing I would like to know if any of your students or people you know use the Xcode IDE environment to program and the challenges for a Voice-Over user.

Sean
> On 30 Mar 2016, at 7:25 am, 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-for-
> 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-iOSForDevelopers
> .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-access
> 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-gestures#
> .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
>>>>>
>>>>> >>>>> >>>>> >>>>> >>>>>
>>>> >>>> >>>> >>>> >>>
>>> >>> >>> >>> >>>
>> >> >> >> >
> > > >