DOES YOUR APP NEED TO BE ACCESSIBLE ??
Does your app fulfils all needs as desired by you ? Might be !! But on the other door , it might not be perfect for everyone . Ease of usability and accessibility should be consider one of the most important factor to consider when developing new android and iOS app , and especially the new one .
Everyone’s ultimate aim to maximise the profit from app , and it can be possible only when user find your app easy to use and maximise profit , thus making app easy to use with person of different abilities .
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ?
Approximately 57 millions americas are living with disability today .That particularly means that pretty sizeable amount of user , might have difficulty using your app , so they must be consider while building the app .
At Apple developers worldwide content , apple has a strong push for third party developers to support dynamic text if they are not doing the same . Now it all depends on you , whether you want to be a company who will follow legal compliant , or a company who is progressive and inclusive !!
WHO ARE YOU MAKING YOUR APP ACCESSIBLE FOR ?
Set of scenario to be followed while developing an app or website are :
- User may find difficulty in reading text.
- User may not be able to use keyboard and mouse.
- User may have slow internet connection
- User may have a small screen size .
- User may find difficulty in reading the language .
- User may have outdated version of OS .
All these factors need to be considered , while developing an app or website , and at the same time balancing of your role as designer and developer should be balanced . Think of slow internet connection hampering your app data fetch and showing a blank thing on your app . Now image the poorly designed colour scheme , which can affect your user experience . Although no laws really exist to make an app fully compatible for everyone , but all these factor need to be consider for successfully running the app .
A BASIC ACCESSIBILITY CHECKLIST
PROVIDE TEXT ACCESSIBILITY FOR ANY NON -TEXT CONTENT
A person with disability might not be able to see videos , gif’s and photos . Person who relies on text-to-speech voice technology might be able to get full experience of app’s content .
PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE FOR TIME BASED MEDIA
Videos and audios should have sufficient description text , in order to give each user equal access to content .
INCLUDE CONTENT THAT CAN BE PRESENTED IN DIFFERENT WAYS
Content should be arranged in such a way that it can be easily used , whether it is readable horizontal or vertical .
SEARCH FILTER MUST BE PRESENT
Search bar to easily search on app for text or something else must be present on app .At the same time social sharing button definately add glimpse in it .
For more in-depth checklist you can visit web content accessibility guidelines.
Fulfilling of all the requirement about is not necessary , do what seems to be in best interest of you .Every user can benefit from apps that abide by the accessibility guidelines .In long terms , your app will succeed , if it has wider user potentials. You always must have the potential to go ahead of the pack .
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