Mobile Accessibility

Adobe Edge Inspect has been around for a while but the latest accessibility upgrades will be a breath of fresh air for accessibility professionals.  Adobe, as a provider of developer tools, recognizes that accessibility is not a concept that just opens doors for users with disabilities. Accessibility is actually a concept which improves the user experience for everyone.  At Adobe this includes the development experience for developers and testers.

This is the first in a series of blog posts about mobile accessibility testing for mobile phones and tablets.

When testing for mobile accessibility use the devices and OS that will be supported by the website or application and that have decent accessibility support. Most of the time, this is includes iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android (phones mostly, and some tablets) which are the most common mobile devices used today in the United States.

Enhanced Siri also expands to iPod Touch - Apple’s introduction of the slimmed down, faster iPhone 5 includes the expansion of Siri to the iPod Touch. Siri, the digital assistant available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and now iPod Touch, provides additional accessibility by performing a variety of tasks without the need for eyes or hands. Additionally as Newsday writes in their article about the iPhone 5, “Apple also enhanced the speech-command service Siri, adding features that let users search for sports scores and make dinner reservations by speaking to the smartphone.”

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