Category Archives: Mobile Accessibility

Mobile apps accessibility! Is it impossible?

Mobile apps accessibility is something always make me upset. I am a full time IOS user and often play with my Samsung tab with Android OS in it. I am also a screen reader user so I heavily depend on VoiceOver and TalkBack. My Apple iPhone acts as a personal assistant to me. Beginning with… Continue Reading Mobile apps accessibility! Is it impossible?

Toast! Is it accessible?

What is a toast A toast is a non modal that appears on the screen for few seconds and auto expires. The toast shares an alert containing a message to the user. For example: In an email client, once you hit the send button the toast can display a message that says “Sending message” and… Continue Reading Toast! Is it accessible?

Mobile Accessibility practices for Government Of India Applications

Few months earlier, a set of like minded accessibility enthusiasts under the co-ordination of Dr Nirmita Narasimhan of Center for Internet and Society came together to formulate mobile accessibility practices to share with the Government of India. Government of India and various state governments are using mobile applications as a channel to communicate, provide services… Continue Reading Mobile Accessibility practices for Government Of India Applications

Explore By Touch

Explore by Touch is an Android operating system’s feature for their non-sighted users. This feature is integrated into Talkback, the screen reader that is built into the Android Operating System. Explore by Touch allows the non-sited android users to touch the mobile screen and hear what’s present under the finger. User can drag the finger… Continue Reading Explore By Touch

5 ways of typing with VoiceOver

VoiceOver is the screen reader built into IOS and Mac operating systems. Typing on a touch screen is a challenge for those who cannot see the screen and rely on screen reading technologies. However Apple has provided various mechanisms or ways in which users with visual challenges can type on a touch screen IOS device… Continue Reading 5 ways of typing with VoiceOver

IOS 8 Accessibility Overview

Accessibility is still a high priority for Apple with the launch of Yosemite and IOS8. Apple’s Mac operating system Yosemite, and mobile operating system IOS 8 are launched this week. Following are some accessibility features announced during the launch. Grayscale: Similar to invert colors feature in IOS 7, IOS 8 brought in a grayscale feature… Continue Reading IOS 8 Accessibility Overview

Mobile Accessibility Standards by BBC

Henny Swan, Senior Accessibility Specialist with her team at BBC have published a draft of mobile accessibility standards in July 2013. They have asked for comments and feed-back to publish a final version then. Recently the accessibility team at BBC published their final version of mobile accessibility standards and guidelines. Mobile Accessibility Standards & Guidelines… Continue Reading Mobile Accessibility Standards by BBC

Times of India App Review

Accessibility is a very vital aspect that need to be in mind while providing web content for large audience. Times of India being the major market share holder in spreading news in the sub-continent, it is very much important to keep 50 million plus people with disabilities and large number of people with age old… Continue Reading Times of India App Review

Assistive Touch Features & options

People with motor disabilities such as Spinal cord injury, Loss or damage of limb(s), Cerebral palsy, Muscular dystrophy, Multiple sclerosis etc have difficulty in using the limbs or fingers. Due to this difficulty, using certain gestures or tapping on a particular area of the screen will be extremely difficult. In certain cases use of physical… Continue Reading Assistive Touch Features & options

IOS 7, Hand Writing

Hand writing, an accessibility feature is made available in the recently released IOS 7. Apple is known for its innovative features. The innovation is never taken keeping persons with disabilities as second grade citizens. I vaguely remember writing my exams with my own hand writing for the last time in 2005. I have started my… Continue Reading IOS 7, Hand Writing