App Quality Alliance Establishes New Android Accessibility Testing Criteria

Posted 6/8/2015 8:36:55 AM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

App Quality Alliance Establishes New Android Accessibility Testing Criteria
To help publishers ensure their apps provide as much accessibility as possible for individuals with disabilities the App Quality Alliance (AQuA), with support from the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), has created a set of accessibility tests designed to help publishers make applications more accessible and easy to use for those with disabilities in certain categories - including vision, hearing, speech, dexterity and cognition - on an Android devices.

According to the Alliance, “We’ve been talking to people in the industry and it’s become apparent that there are not enough apps out there that are truly accessible. We know that both hardware and software have evolved their accessibility features, however for the apps themselves, this is not always the case. So it seemed like a good idea to try and help developers to make their apps accessible, and as a result, enable them to tap into a wider audience.”

The Accessibility Testing Criteria was created with input from many different industry organizations including:

- Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), their members and the GARI website
- W3C WCAG 2.0 recommendations on accessibility
- Android developer community recommendations on accessibility
- AT&T recommendations on website accessibility
- AQuA members experience and their Accessibility teams

The new accessibility testing criteria can be found on the Alliance website. Those who would like to contribute additional suggestions for criteria are encouraged to do so.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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