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Apple Accessibility Email

Jordan Kay at Twitter tweeted to say that "when Apple sends out their standard 'Make Your App Accessible' email", they link to my blog post on accessibility.

 

I asked him to forward me a copy, and sure enough, they do!

 

The full content of the email is quoted below.

 

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We are excited to hear about your interest in expanding your app's marketability by addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. There are benefits for developers who choose to enhance their apps to take advantage of accessibility APIs that drive the VoiceOver feature in iOS including....

 

* Make your app stand out from the crowd

* Expand your user base (approximately 1 in 6 individuals in the US have some type of disability, but that doesn't preclude them from wanting to use your app. Even those that don’t identify themselves as disabled can also benefit from accessibility features)

* Improve User Interface testing through automation

* Easy to implement using Apple's developer tools

* Appropriate for almost every app

 

Read Matt Legend Gemmell’s blog post about his experience writing apps that support the visually impaired: Accessibility for iPhone and iPad apps

 

Here are some great resources to help you make your app more accessible. Please note many of these pages require an iDP developer account to access them.

 

1) The best place to start is with our iOS Accessibility page: developer.apple.com/technologies/ios/accessibility.html

 

2) Another great place to learn more about how to program your app for Accessibility is the Accessibility Programming Guide for iOS.

 

3) You can download the WWDC 2011 Session Videos for free by logging into WWDC 2011 Videos using your Apple ID and password. There you will find a few accessibility sessions which include podcasts and a copy of the presentation slides, but additionally, we would like to highlight the one below for iOS:

 

iOS Accessibility

Description: iOS devices are incredibly popular for blind and low vision users, and those with other disabilities. Learn how to make your apps accessible to everyone, as well as how to make apps that are tailored expressly for users with disabilities. This talk will cover new and existing UIAccessibility APIs, and it will provide tips and tricks for making all apps more usable by everyone.

 

4) On our public Apple website, we have a dedicated page discussing our commitment to Accessibility: www.apple.com/accessibility/

 

5) Finally, here are some great examples of apps that take advantage of VoiceOver:

* Science360 for iPad

* NYTimes (iPhone Edition)

* Shazam

* itunes.apple.com/us/app/dictionary.com-dictionary/id36474...

* Inkling

* Urbanspoon for iPad

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