“Mobile accessibility” is the practice of making mobile websites and applications more accessible to people with disabilities/limited network etc. While web accessibility is an established practice and has been documented extensively, there is little that is known on the subject of mobile accessibility. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s web accessibility initiative (WAI) has specific guidelines and directives to address access for devices. There are several levels of web/mobile accessibility and all app developers and businesses must consider providing the basics to create an inclusive and optimum experience for all their potential users. But first, let’s understand why accessibility is the need of the hour.
Mobile Accessibility Makes The App More User-Friendly
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Disability is an umbrella term, defined as ‘a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.’ It’s an impairment that could be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or some perhaps a combination of these. Millions of web users across the world have some disability or the other and yet they are active users who depend on the internet for a number of things possible with the help of assistive technologies. In addition to physical disability, the purpose of creating accessible mobile and web apps is also inclusivity for the widest possible user base. This means creating apps that are fast and easily accessible in low connectivity networks and remote regions. Some types of users that need accessibility include:
Mobile apps (including mobile web apps) are governed by the same standards for access by people with disabilities that apply to non-mobile software and web applications. Applicable U.S. laws such as the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), Section 508, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) apply in different ways.
Mobile app development should include accessibility analysis as part of its product planning. Mobile app designers need to consider four main aspects of disabled access when developing their apps:
There are several organizations and companies that specialize in mobile app testing and can offer you the desired level of testing and compliance. Additionally, you can use tools like HTML validator, Accessibility checker, broken link checkers, color contrast analyzer and screen readers to find out how accessible your app is. Moreover, there are several apps and resources for testing mobile app accessibility for Android and iOS apps.
Mobile app accessibility is increasingly becoming important owing to a large number of mobile users with a disability. Creating an inclusive app means fundamentally designing an app that is simpler to use, with clear instructions and plain English – catering to all types of audiences that may have a visual, auditory, cognitive or physical disability. There are several mobile accessibility guidelines to check your app’s compliance and many resources that help you design and develop more accessible apps.
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