Articles

Category: 

Description of App: 

Articles is a beautiful Wikipedia reader for your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch.
 
Just enter a search term and let Articles find the Wiki entry you are looking for. Use the integrated maps feature to learn about interesting places and historic events around your current location, or anywhere else in the world. Or simply shake your device and let Articles find an entry for you. Mark interesting entries you want to read in the future and search text in the currently open document.
 
  • Apple Design Award 2010 Winner
  • App of the Week in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and many other countries
  • Best Reference App at the 2010 and 2011 Best App Ever Awards
  • O'Reilly App Smackdown: Best App for Wikipedia
"Wikipedia is free on the web, right? Why spend even a couple bucks to wrap it in an app. The answer is interface. You can do far more, far more easily, with a native app than you can do with a web page." –Rene Ritchie, iMore
 
"There are a bunch of dedicated Wikipedia iPhone apps, and there are several I like. But I like Articles best. It’s fast, it looks great (including the formatting of articles), and it has a very clever MobileSafari-inspired UI." –John Gruber, Daring Fireball
 
Tips & Tricks:
 
  • Double-tap (and hold) on the article to display the Chapter Index control.
  • Tap the status bar to scroll back to the search bar.
  • Pinch the article view to increase or decrease the text size.
  • Tap-and-hold a link to open an article in a new page.
  • Tap and hold on text to copy and paste article content.
  • Tap and hold on links and images to reveal more actions.
Additionally on iPhone and iPod touch:
 
  • Tap and hold the Toolbar to start customizing all items.
  • Pull down the article view to lock or unlock the current screen orientation.
  • Shake your device to open a random article.

Version: 

2.6.1

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 5/5c/5s

Accessibility Comments: 

This is fairly accessible with VoiceOver.

Wikipedia entries are accessible, but do note the comment in the description on tapping the status bar to reveal the Search box, as it won't work properly if you swipe to it - focus will move to the search field and the onscreen keyboard will appear, but the search simply won't work.

I've not been able to replicate the following gesture which is also mentioned in the description:

Double-tap (and hold) on the article to display the Chapter Index control.

Other than this, it's okay, but I'm not sure of any real benefit for VoiceOver users over the official Wikipedia app.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@sophiestication