WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

E-mail List Archives

Re: Native or web?


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Jan 29, 2019 7:35AM

On 29/01/2019 13:37, Barry Hill wrote:
> If an app is written using html ostensibly for IOS use only, which
> guidelines would be most appropriate, WCAG 2.1 or mobile accessibility
> guidelines? I think the pertinent question is, is it a native or a web app?

The more pertinent question here would be: when you say it's written
using HTML, do you mean it's then packaged/cross-compiled, running
inside a native app shell with a webview, or literally loaded in Safari?
If the latter two, it's still web content shown by a web user agent (in
the case of the webview, a very cut-down one in terms of user controls,
but a user agent nonetheless). If it's cross-compiled and packaged
(using something like PhoneGap), the lines get a bit more blurred
(though I believe fundamentally it's still running inside a webview for
the most part, so still web content).

Also note that there aren't really separate/different mobile
accessibility guidelines per se. There is guidance on how to
apply/interpret WCAG 2.0 (not sure if there's a 2.1 version out yet) for
mobile apps, but fundamentally the (tech agnostic) success criteria
remain the same.

Patrick H. Lauke

www.splintered.co.uk | https://github.com/patrickhlauke
http://flickr.com/photos/redux/ | http://redux.deviantart.com
twitter: @patrick_h_lauke | skype: patrick_h_lauke