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Re: Hint for buttons on android


From: Murphy, Sean
Date: May 3, 2020 5:23PM

The below might be possible, but this is something Google should address in the API. Providing a Hint property via their accessibility API and linking it to TalkBack. Then the user can control if they want to hear hints or not. As a screen reader user, I would get rather annoyed hearing "double tap to like" each time I came across a control on the screen. Especially if it occurs multiple times on the same screen. I suspect you have thought of this, but will raise it anyway. Make sure it doesn't break the standard hint "Double Tap" anywhere else in the app.

The other thing to think of is if your label is descriptive enough. This is the way I would tackle it, rather than changing standard API properties.


Sean Murphy | Digital System specialist (Accessibility)
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Thanks Joe and Mallory for your thoughts!

Just found out that with viewCompat it is possible to modify default "Double tap to activate" hint.

Although it is not possible to change the "Double tap to" string but it could be made more contextual by changing the action e.g. "Double tap to like".