Here’s a fun exercise involving testing for accessibility on a mobile app. Increase your device’s text size setting and see if it works on an app. In addition to the text size itself, the interface must also remain readable and usable.
If conducting an accessibility assessment, supporting the device’s text size setting should be required—unless the app provides its own method to do so. If you’re referencing WCAG 2.0, this falls under 1.4.4 Resize text (level AA).
In both Android and iOS device settings, increase text size with the slider control. Optionally turn on the toggle/switch for larger sizes.
[last updated Jan. 2021]
Thankfully, it seems the importance of Progressive Enhancement is resurfacing due to the “Internet of Things” and the importance of supporting older and lower-end devices (especially for developing countries where it may be the only option for many users).
Semantic markup is an important part of the Progressive Enhancement technique, so it also helps accessibility (and SEO if I dare mention that!)
Since I live in the web-dev world, I always try to post resources about the topic on social media, especially on my Twitter account. Here’s a solid list I’ve procured:
Working in the digital accessibility field is extremely challenging. From battling designers, to teaching HTML to developers (yes, you read that right), to screen reader training for QA, the work is always ongoing. And it’s often frustrating and mentally exhausting.
I’ve been in this field for numerous years now, and like others, I’ve contemplated changing vocations and leaving accessibility altogether — it’s that draining on me and my life (not only mentally but physically due to extended time using a computer).
But everyone once in a great while, I receive feedback that enlightens my day. Today, on the last day…
The iWa— errr — the Apple Watch has recently been launched and sounds really cool. There has been much discussion about the accessibility, so here’s a great list of related articles, reviews, etc. Also, thanks to @PaulJAdam for tweeting about the iWatch!
Official Apple Watch Accessibility page
Apple Watch Accessibility features by Apple support
Tim Noonan’s Apple Watch Accessibility with Voiceover Review
At the CSUN 2015 conference last week, I had the pleasure of attending a session by @JamieKnight about cognitive accessibility. Jamie has autism which makes browsing the web challenging (as well as traveling 6,000 miles to a conference). This was the basis for his presentation.
Jamie shared some methods of how he browses the web including the use of VoiceOver to assist with reading and zooming in on content to reduce clutter. He pointed out that giving up on a website might not be an option as the web is used for essential services these days )such as renewing a…
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