VoiceOver, a feature Apple has built into all iOS devices to enable Braille and speech access for users who are unable to see the screen, has revolutionized the lives of countless thousands of blind people around the world. It works best when apps are deliberately developed in ways that ensure compatibility with VoiceOver, blind people are considered during development and included in all facets of the testing process.
If you are a developer who has been asked to ensure the full VoiceOver accessibility of your app, following a step-by-step plan will help you get it right the first time, and keep getting it right through each subsequent update.
If you are an educator, following an organized plan will help you determine which iOS apps will best meet your blind students’ needs and effectively teach them how to use each new app they encounter throughout their studies and beyond.
If you are a blind person who is new to iOS, or you are an advanced user of many apps, following a coherent plan will help you quickly come up to speed with the built-in capabilities of your device and each new app you install.
The purpose of this step-by-step plan is to provide a straightforward way for advocates, developers, educators and others to quickly explore, learn and improve the accessibility of all apps in Apple’s iOS ecosystem.
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Microsoft announces upcoming accessibility enhancements for Office 365 Android and iOS apps and adds several new data transformation options to Excel.
Building on Office’s existing accessibility options for visually impaired users, Microsoft revealed that it plans to add new capabilities.”
I am excited to announce that Office 365 teams are not only working on enhancing the usability of VoiceOver with Office 365 iOS apps and Narrator with Windows 10 Mobile apps, but also the usability of TalkBack with Office 365 Android apps,” stated John Jendrezak, accessibility lead and partner director of program management for the Microsoft Office Engineering group, in a recent blog post.
VoiceOver and TalkBack are text-to-speech technologies that help users navigate their software audibly.
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But accessibility is different. Support for VoiceOver (and other assistive technologies built into iOS) isn’t a feature, something “nice to have” if a group of people vote it high enough on a list. Rather, implementing accessibility support is an essential part of the design process which ensures all users have equal access to an app. Implementing support for VoiceOver isn’t an idea you check off the list once done and forget about; it requires an ongoing commitment, and it requires a developer who understands the value of inclusive design. (An accessible design is also more likely to be a design which is more usable by everyone, even those not using accessibility features.) Implementing support for VoiceOver means the difference between whether blind people can use an app or not. And at its core, implementing VoiceOver support is about doing the right thing—simply because it’s the right thing to do.
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Read full article at Source: Accessibility is not a ‘Feature’, and Developers Should Never Treat it as Such | AppleVis