Peter Abraham, Practice Leader – Accessibility and Usability at Bloor Research, has provided some simple and practical tips for making mobile apps accessible. According to Abraham, all mobile apps should at the least address the following accessibility guidelines:
- All text must support VoiceOver.
- All buttons, graphics and images should support VoiceOver.
- VoiceOver should read all the content in a logical order.
- Applications should work in portrait and landscape mode.
- Any video should support closed captioning.
- App should support pinch zoom.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recently held a two day event to promote collaboration among developers, government, industry and consumers in building accessible solutions for the mobile and web applications. If you have a couple of day’s time to spare, check out the YouTube videos of the event in the FCC page.
And if you really don’t have the time, check out this video on how blind people use iPhone.