This week we discuss accessible apps and technologies like VoiceOver. We start by first considering what exactly it means for an app to be “accessible” and why we as business owners should care about it. Then we dive into Apple’s VoiceOver technology, discussing what it is, how hard (or easy) it is to implement, and how to test with it. Finally, we consider the costs and benefits to our businesses that come from making our products as accessible as possible.
Show Notes & Links
- Accessibility: Why Bother? – Charles’ blog post on why developers and designers should care about accessibility
- Amazon, Kobo and Sony petition FCC to exempt e-readers from accessibility laws – from GigaOM
- Verifying App Accessibility on iOS – Apple’s documentation on testing VoiceOver support in apps
- Accessibility for iPhone and iPad apps – Matt Gemmell’s primer on adding VoiceOver support to your iOS app
This episode is sponsored by CocoaConf and their Fall tour of conferences for iOS and Mac developers. CocoaConf is coming this Fall to Portland, OR (Aug 15-16); Columbus, OH (Sep 27-28); Boston, Ma (Oct 25-26); and Atlanta, GA (Nov 15-16). Register now for any of these events and use the discount code ReleaseNotes to receive 20% off the cost of your ticket.
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