Update 6 Feb, 2014: This vote is now closed. The decision of the AppleVis community was that Fleksy VO replace the original Fleksy app in our Hall of Fame.
The AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame is a collection of fully accessible apps that showcases the hard work that developers put into making apps that are both very good at what they do and completely accessible to users who are blind.
As many users will be aware, Syntellia - the developer of Fleksy - has recently released a version of Fleksy specifically for VoiceOver users. The app is called Fleksy VO - For VoiceOver Users, and it is available from the App Store for free.
Today, Syntellia released an update to the original Fleksy app, Version 2.2, which -based on our testing - appears to have dropped most VoiceOver support.
Currently, Fleksy Keyboard - Happy Typing is a member of the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame. However, given the recent changes in the app's accessibility, we feel it is time to reassess Fleksy's place in the Hall of Fame.
This would normally be a straightforward process where the app would be suspended from the Hall of Fame for a period of time, giving the developer a reasonable amount of time to correct the accessibility issues in question. If the issues were not corrected, the app would be removed from the Hall of Fame and would have to be voted back into the Hall of Fame at a later point if accessibility was to improve.
However, given that Syntellia has made Fleksy VO available with full accessibility, the decision is less clear. As the apps in our iOS App Hall of Fame were selected by the AppleVis community, we felt that the best thing to do would be to put the options on the table, start a dialog, and let all interested users take a vote on the following options:
- Suspend Fleksy Keyboard - Happy Typing's place in the Hall of Fame for three months. If the accessibility issues were to be fixed within that three-month window, Fleksy Keyboard - Happy Typing would automatically be reinstated into the Hall of Fame. If the accessibility issues in Fleksy Keyboard - Happy Typing were not fixed within the three-month window, the app would automatically be removed from the Hall of Fame and would need to reenter through the normal voting process.
- Replace Fleksy Keyboard - Happy Typing in the iOS App Hall of Fame with Fleksy VO - for VoiceOver Users.
- Remove Fleksy Keyboard - Happy Typing from the iOS App Hall of Fame and consider Fleksy VO - for VoiceOver users in the normal nomination/voting process.
To help inform your opinion, you should read this recent blog post by Syntellia, in which they clarify the status of Fleksy VO and state that their long term goal is “to offer one app on iOS that meets the needs of everyone”.
Please note that you will need to be a registered user and logged in to see the voting form contained in this post.
The vote will close at 10 PM Pacific on Wednesday 5 February.