Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make apps more accessible
We are living in a world where apps are continuing to make a huge difference
in our lives and many may agree that apps have now become kings of
knowledge! This being said however, there is still a very long way to go
when it comes to making them accessible to everyone.
True it is that apps are extremely affordable but we need to ensure that
they are also usable and for blind persons it is extremely important that
they are able to use them as effectively as the mainstream user. So here
are a few points from me and hopefully it will help.
Apps need to be simple to use and easy to navigate. This means that it
should be easy to find headings, buttons, and that words are descriptive
enough to enable the user to quickly understand what they need to do, where
they need to go in order to get what they want but above all! The app
should do what it is supposed to do!
Blind users and surfers are becoming more dependent on apps and if an app
developer keeps this in mind then it would be easy enough to see that
benefits to blind users are also benefits to so many others; to those who
did not grow up with technology and to everyone else!
App developers need to ensure that simplicity and efficiency are the order
of the day and that they can continue to produce apps that help those with
special needs and those with disabilities to improve their quality of life
and to deal with every day challenges.
Test, and make sure that your testing team includes persons from those
consumer groups who you are targeting.