3/31/2014 3:04:49 PM
Equal Access App Development: Create an App with Assistive Technology
Windows Phone 8, Windows App Builder, app template, UI accessibility Checker
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Equal Access App Development: Create an App with Assistive Technology

Stuart Parkerson Stuart Parkerson in Windows Mobile Monday, March 31, 2014

You probably have not thought about making sure that your app is accessible to everyone, even those users with some type of disability. Not to worry, the Microsoft App Builder team has been thinking about it and have provided a number of things to think of, no matter what operating system you are using.

As they point out, by designing apps with assistive technology features, you can create a better experience for anyone who uses your app. Accessibility features may include clearly visible text, navigable controls with various input and output methods and content viewable and usable when zoomed in.

When creating specific Windows Store app, there are a number of tools and tips available to test your app. These include:

- Use standard controls and Visual Studio templates
- Use the UI accessibility Checker (AccChecker)
- Test keyboard accessibility by navigating with the Tab key
- Verify your app by turning on Narrator
- Verify the contrast ratio of visible text at W3C.org
- Activate and verify your high-contrast assets
- Verify your app by making everything bigger
- Use standard controls and templates

The blog post from the App Builder team  goes into specific details on how to accomplish making your app more accessible. Check it out! 

Read more: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/appbuilder/arch...

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