We have all benefited from technology in today’s world, but nobody has been better impacted than the visually impaired world. Today they are able to take on tasks they weren’t able to before. Back in the old days (seriously like 10 years ago) if you wanted to adjust the thermostat in your own home that would be a challenge. Today with the help of Nest and Amazon Alexa you can just tell her a command boom! The temperature has changed.
Almost all smartphones have the ability to be used by everyone, and apps today can also have that function. That’s why it’s so important to think of everyone while creating the app. Everyone is different and we all should be able to use whatever app we like. Follow these important steps to make sure the next app you are creating can benefit everyone.
Screen Reading Tools
VoiceOver (iOS) and TalkBack (Android) came standard in their phones. They allow blind users to interact and hear everything that is happening on screen.
When you’re designing your next app keep these in mind because your users should be able to use the app using one of the functions listed above.
Most developers will add a button label during development if they remember to. By doing this you can help both developers and users by being sure to label each button. Thankfully Apple has outlined a guide with best practices for using the correct language for labels and also has a detailed developer guide. Android also has an accessibility guideline that includes details on how to label UI elements.
Also try to label your loading states to let the user know that their app is loading and the content will be available soon.
When users go from one navigation item to the next, there should be a sound to let them know that something on the screen has changed. If the user enters an incorrect password or if an error occurs, there should be a distinct sound to let the user know that something is wrong. There should also be an option where the toy can press a button and the phone can read to you what is on the screen.
Most of these sounds come built into smartphones these days, but be sure to work with your developer to help decide how you want these alerts to work within your app.
At InnoviMobile, we feel that these 3 major tips can help you develop a great app for everyone. We always take the extra steps to think about everyone’s needs.