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From: JP Jamous
Date: Fri, Oct 06 2017 2:58PM
Subject: Mobile Accessibility Questions
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I have some questions regarding the accessibility of mobile apps. I
understand that apps can be developed using HTML for both platforms, iOS and
Android. When it comes to that type of development, it is easy to apply
WCAG.



The questions I don't have an answer to are:



1. What if the app is developed using XCode or CSharp?
2. Why some apps that have icons respond to finger taps, but not when
VO or Talkback are activated? It is not like there is a difference between
input devices. The input device is the same.
3. If the app is developed using XCode or CSharp, how can the code be
modified to make the app interface accessible with native screen readers?





Any answers to one or more of the above questions are greatly appreciated.



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From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Sun, Oct 08 2017 10:12AM
Subject: Re: Mobile Accessibility Questions
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On 06/10/2017 21:58, JP Jamous wrote:
> I have some questions regarding the accessibility of mobile apps. I
> understand that apps can be developed using HTML for both platforms, iOS and
> Android. When it comes to that type of development, it is easy to apply
> WCAG.
>
>
>
> The questions I don't have an answer to are:
>
>
>
> 1. What if the app is developed using XCode or CSharp?

WCAG does not apply directly to native apps. The guidelines can mostly
be applied (in principle, anyway) but obviously any techniques etc won't
be applicable, and some SCs will not have any direct mapping and/or
require creative reinterpretation (e.g. 2.4.2 Page titled). See WCAG2ICT
for an initial mapping to non-web content
https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag2ict

> 2. Why some apps that have icons respond to finger taps, but not when
> VO or Talkback are activated? It is not like there is a difference between
> input devices. The input device is the same.
> 3. If the app is developed using XCode or CSharp, how can the code be
> modified to make the app interface accessible with native screen readers?

The app authors will need to build the app taking advantage of the
language/IDE/platform's accessibility APIs and requirements.

https://developer.apple.com/accessibility/ios/
https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/ui/accessibility/index.html

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