ViA - By Braille Institute

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Description of App: 

Braille Institute is proud to present ViA (Visually Impaired Apps) for iPhone and iPad. ViA has been designed to help blind and low-vision users easily sort through the 500,000+ apps in the iTunes App Store to locate the apps that were built specifically for visually impaired users, or apps that happen to provide functionality useful to this population.Using the industry leading accessibility features native to iOS devices, ViA allows users to sort apps by category, price and/or by the iTunes App Store star rating. ViA gives visually impaired users a forum to suggest and discuss apps that they find useful and creates an ever-growing, interactive community of avid iOS app users in this under served community. Users can track new apps that fall into the categories that interest them making the process of locating useful apps even easier.The apps that appear in ViA are suggested by Braille Institute partner organizations all over the U.S. Our partners are reputable and well-established educational, health and advocacy organizations that serve the visually impaired community in various capacities.ViA aims to help blind and low-vision users maximize their ability to use iOS devices to increase their productivity and independence. We are proud to introduce this fully accessible application on the iPhone and iPad, the preferred mobile devices of the visually impaired community.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

1.4

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

Accessibility Comments: 

AppleVis Editorial Team Note:
The accessibility of this app has changed based on the users comments. If you feel this is incorrect. Please let us know.

Original Poster Comment:
This is accessible with VoiceOver, although I have encountered a couple of problems - one is very minor, the second less so.The minor problem is that when viewing an app, for some reason the iTunes rating is announced 6 times by VoiceOver.On the same page you will find a series of 4 buttons - Description, Images, Reviews and Discuss. When you double-tap these, it might seem like only the last actually does anything. These buttons should more accurately be reported as tabs, as they are actually a row of buttons where the first three change what is displayed below them in the lower third of the page. When you first go to the app page, the default view is Description, which if the buttons were coded as tabs, would give you the feedback that it was selected. So, at this stage, when you flick through the buttons, the next thing that VoiceOver reads is the app description. However, because the Description button is there, you might be forgiven for thinking that something is going to happen when you double-tap on it.Unfortunately, things get worse when you tap on either the Images or Reviews button. Upon doing so, the contents of the bottom third of the page changes. However, you will only know this by tapping on that area of the screen. If you try swiping from the top area of the page, the last item that VoiceOver finds is the Discuss button. You cannot swipe into the bottom third of the page. So, again, you might assume that nothing has changed when you double-tap these buttons.I would be grateful if somebody else could confirm this behaviour, as it&;s easier to assume that I am mistaken rather than such an obvious failure on the part of the developer.I also found that VoiceOver was sometimes a little flaky on the home screen of the app. If I flicked all the way to the bottom of the page (where there is a block of text), the buttons at the top would no longer respond when I swiped back to them. The only way to get these working again was to close the app via the App Switcher and start over.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.