Adding accessibility features to my Mac crossword app

macOS and Mac Apps

Hello - I am the developer of a Mac crossword app called Black Ink:

Unfortunately this app is not even moderately accessible. I've wanted to add VoiceOver support for a long time but have been daunted by the challenges of presenting the 2D crossword grid, clues, letter values, etc., in a meaningful way that is not too overwhelming.

I'm committing to add VoiceOver support for the forthcoming 2.0 update and I am asking anybody who is interested to help advise me about accessibility features to join me on my company's Slack community. If you're interested you can read more on my blog:

Thanks for considering it!



Submitted by Teresa on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hi, Daniel. I sent a message on the accessibility channel on the site. I just discovered your blog post, and I'd love to beta test, discuss, etc. I know there is a crossword app for windows from spoonbill games. I don't have a Windows computer, and i think it would be great to have a Mac OS app. thanks for your interest in making accessible apps. I'm looking forward to some great "crosswording" on my computer. :)

Submitted by Daniel Jalkut on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thanks for the enthusiasm! As I mentioned on the Red Sweater Slack, I'm getting closer to a solution for the app to make the crossword grid accessible. I'm running into problems but sorting the issues out bit by bit. I hope to have something concrete to share soon!