Information For App Developers
iOS devices are used by a significant number of vision impaired people. This is mostly due to Apple’s VoiceOver program which is included on all current iPhones, iPads and iPod Touchs.
VoiceOver enables the user to interact with the device without the need to see what is on the screen. Apple have provided some information as to how VoiceOver works for the end user at www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/vision.html.
As a developer, there are a number of things that you can do to make your app more accessible to users of VoiceOver. Apple have provided a guide for developers on how to make their applications accessible at http://developer.apple.com/iphone/library/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/iPhoneAccessibility/Introduc....
- Matt Legend Gemmell has written a guide for iOS app developers on how to provide VoiceOver accessibility support for visually impaired users. It includes both technical information and also a discussion on how to approach accessibility, as well as points to be aware of. The guide is here: http://mattgemmell.com/accessibility-for-iphone-and-ipad-apps
- How to Build Accessible iOS Apps by Donald Burr: notes created from Episode 364 of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast
- The Stanford University IOS programming series includes a talk by Chris Fleizach from Apple that, amongother things, shows how to make even the most complex controls
accessible. This is on iTunes U. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=3956
- Pat Pound has compiled a list of Tips For Accessibility Testing Of iOS Apps
- The AppleVis Forums containts a dedicated area for app developers to seek and share information on accessible app development. View the App Development Forum.
Please use the contact form on this site if you need more information or would like to submit your app for testing and evaluation.