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Four Free Tools for Automated Accessibility Testing of Web Apps

Designing and developing for web accessibility has become a requirement of modern computing. Depending on the content and complexity of your project requirements, it can also be a very difficult pursuit. Two colleagues of mine have already written excellent articles exploring the need for and design of accessible web sites: Designing Accessible Software – Breaking Down WCAG 2.0 and Easy Design & Front-End Practices for Improving Accessibility. According to the experts at Deque Systems, somewhere between 20%….

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Dev.Opera — Accessible Drag and Drop Using WAI-ARIA

This article is intended for people who create rich internet applications with drag and drop functionality and want to make them accessible.

No prior knowledge of WAI-ARIA is assumed, although it is recommended you read my introduction to WAI-ARIA article before starting this article. A basic knowledge of scripting is assumed, and is necessary to understand exactly what is going on in the code example, but this knowledge is not necessary to understand the basic concepts discussed.

After reading this article you will have an understanding of how to structure applications with drag and drop functionality so they are accessible.The term drag and drop infers using a mouse to move an object from one location to another.

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10 Apps That Are Designed For Mobile Accessibility – ARC

Mobile accessibility was one of the hot topics in 2015, especially when considering the fact that there are currently no hard guidelines for developers to follow when it comes to building apps that are accessible to all.

Mobile and Web accessibility has become more of a priority for some companies, especially when you take into account the legal ramifications of not having an accessible website or app but there are signs that the landscape is slowly changing.

… the following list showcases a few of the apps that have caught ARC’s roving eye. It should be noted that this list is only a taste of what is out there and is a quick guide to some of the apps that are accessibility-centric.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day is coming – here’s what Apple’s doing about it! | iMore

In advance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has some important updates coming your way!

On the App Store, Apple has updated the company’s Accessibility collection. That’s where App Store editors have carefully curated a list of the very best apps, by the very best developers, that are helping make the world a more accessible place. You can find apps specifically for vision, hearing, speech, learning, literacy, and motor accessibility there, and apps that tap into Siri to make the home more accessible as well.

For the iTunes Store, Apple has created a new collection featuring hundreds of movies with described audio, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian, The Big Short, The Revenant, Spectre, and many, many more. Described audio is just what the name implies—a voice over the speaks out the settings, actions, and emotions so people with limited or no vision can still enjoy everything that’s happening.

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accessibility videos for iOS and android

According to the National Health Interview Survey, there are over 20 million people with vision loss. If you need access to the Internet, it can be upsetting that as devices get smaller, so do the font sizes. The good news is that there are a lot of new and innovative ways to access the web.

… Check out these great features and innovative ways to navigate the websites that you want to access.

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10 iPhone and iPad Apps That Take Accessibility To The Next Level

Accessibility refers to designing in a way that allows as many people as possible to access a physical product, service, environment, and/or app at its full potential. In the past, accessibility has been seen as optional or a nice “bonus” feature, but that view is outdated and prevents hundreds of thousands of potential users from making use of your product or service.Thankfully, Apple is playing a leading role in accessibility by ensuring that iOS devices come preloaded with a wide array of assistive features for those who have vision loss, hearing loss, or fine-motor control difficulties.

Apple’s Built-In Accessibility Features

A full list of Apple’s accessibility features for iOS can be found on their website, but it’s worth highlighting some of their stand-out innovations (many accessibility features are available for your Macbook or desktop as well).

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The iPhone setting that changed this man’s life.

..Todd Stabelfeldt is able to control the entire iPhone interface, thanks to an iOS setting called Switch Control.

Also known as switch access, it’s an accessibility feature for people with physical disabilities who can’t use a touchscreen in the traditional way. It turns a complicated user interface into something that can be controlled with basic inputs.

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Smartphones, apps liberate the blind, visually impaired

Ruben Morales, a blind 59-year-old retired engineer who lives in this Silicon Valley city, has used a specialized screen-reading program for years to write and run spreadsheets on his desktop computer.

But recently, he figuratively cut the cord to his desktop and joined the mobile revolution. Morales was visiting an area Veterans Affairs blind rehabilitation center, learning how to use an iPhone’s features for vision-impaired people.

“It’s pretty amazing.” Morales said, demonstrating how he can call up a song and play it with a few taps. “Whatever I can do on the computer I can basically do it on the iPhone. It has the same capability.

”The smartphone, a gadget designed for the sighted, has turned out to be a godsend for the blind and visually impaired, making them more independent than ever before.

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Smartphones, apps are liberating the blind and visually impaired

Ruben Morales, a blind 59-year-old retired engineer who lives in this Silicon Valley city, has used a specialized screen-reading program for years to write and run spreadsheets on his desktop computer.

But recently, he figuratively cut the cord to his desktop and joined the mobile revolution.

… learning how to use an iPhone’s features for vision-impaired people… “It’s pretty amazing.” Morales said, demonstrating how he can call up a song and play it with a few taps. “Whatever I can do on the computer I can basically do it on the iPhone. It has the same capability.

”The smartphone, a gadget designed for the sighted, has turned out to be a godsend for the blind and visually impaired, making them more independent than ever before.”

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