With global mobile phone use at an all time high, there has been a surge of interest in developing websites that are accessible from a mobile device. Similarly, making websites accessible for people with disabilities is an integral part of high quality websites, and in some cases a legal requirement.
Mobile accessibility” refers to making websites and applications more accessible to people with disabilities when they are using mobile phones and other devices. Web Accessibility Initiative’s work in this area addresses accessibility issues of people using a broad range of devices to interact with the web: phones, tablets, TVs, and more.
The suggested seven steps to creating an app that is accessible are:
- Learn about accessibility.
Learn how a user with a disability may use your app.
- Quick accessibility check.
Get an estimate of how accessible you app is now.
- Publish an Accessibility Statement.
Express your intent to be accessible.
- Provide a Contact Us function.
Enable users to tell you easily about accessibility issues.
- Ensure reading sequence is logical and comprehensible.
Ensure page navigation is simple.
- Create a user interface that is easy to understand and operate.
General usability is an underpinning of accessibility.
- Ensure text formatting can be altered.
Allow users to read text using a size and theme that meets their requirements.
These seven steps should significantly improve the accessibility of most apps. But they are only the first few steps to good accessibility practice.
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