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WCAG 2.1 Mobile Accessibility


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Organizations are looking for mobile accessibility standards but is mobile different than desktop? Learn about is new in WCAG 2.1, Europe and around the world.

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WCAG 2.1 Mobile Accessibility

  1. 1. Mobile Accessibility IS MOBILE REALLY DIFFERENT THAN DESKTOP? 13/2/2017
  2. 2. Introductions Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C Kim Patch, Restart Systems Kathy Wahlbin, Interactive Accessibility 3/2/2017 2
  3. 3. What is Mobile Accessibility? Primary question asked by the taskforce Started by looking at the challenges faced by users with disabilities using mobile devices Looked at current WCAG 2.0 and evaluated the applicability to mobile 3/2/2017 3
  4. 4. Question Also Asked by Policy Makers US Section 508: WCAG 2.0 Europe: EN 301 549 + additional requirements to be defined (WCAG 2.1?) Other local developments with risk of standards fragmentation 3/2/2017 4
  5. 5. Mobile Landscape Changed the way people are consuming information 5 All ages are using mobile Using one handed Using touch screens Situations where we have busy eyes and hands Out in bright light In noisy, public spaces 3/2/2017
  6. 6. What is Mobile? Technology that • Has touch screens, but increasingly supports other input methods • Usually smaller than laptops and desktops • More portable • Used in many more situations 3/2/2017 6
  7. 7. Mobile Accessibility Isn’t Just Mobile Touch screens are on devices other than mobile including traditional desktop, home automation, car interfaces etc. Devices come in all different sizes – small screens are not limited to only mobile Technology is used in many different situations 3/2/2017 7
  8. 8. Mobile Accessibility Task Force Task force of WCAG working group Determine what is important for mobile space Drafted WCAG Success Criteria that may be included in WCAG 2.1 WCAG 2.0 does apply and we are adding language to the understanding documents and techniques 3/2/2017 8
  9. 9. 2015: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile First Public Working Draft ◦ -accessibility-mapping/ It doesn't set requirements It doesn't replace WCAG 2.0 or WCAG 2.1 93/2/2017
  10. 10. Key Areas for Mobile Accessibility 1. Touch screens 2. Keyboard use on mobile 3. Device sensors and the impact on how users interact (e.g. 3-D touch, device orientation etc.) 4. Small Screen Size 5. Impact of using device in many locations (e.g. glare) 6. Capabilities of devices including accessibility features and assistive technology 3/2/2017 10
  11. 11. Gabi uses a screen reader with touch, and uses dictation and Siri to more quickly enter content and perform functions She prefers to access content on her iPhone Gets frustrated when the touch and gestures do not work with screen reader Understands where things are positioned on the screen through the touch interface Faces challenges with inaccessible content similar to the desktop Screen Reader: Meet Gabi 11
  12. 12. Joe has hand tremors from Parkinsons Touching small areas of the screen is difficult He often accidentally activates a control when controls are close together 12 Touch: Meet Joe
  13. 13. Rebecca uses an external keyboard with her Android tablet and prefers to use the onscreen keyboard on her Android phone She will often use touch, speech and keyboard to access the content She prefers the standard onscreen keyboard to update based on the type of data that needs to be entered Keyboard: Meet Rebecca 13
  14. 14. Mark has light sensitivity and 20/200 vision His device is set to large fonts, increased contrast and he uses the zoom function He has a hard time seeing the screen – especially outside where there is a lot glare To see the screen, Mark holds the device close to his face and also relies the on text-to-speech 14 Reading Content: Meet Mark
  15. 15. Shawn uses a wheelchair and a head wand His iPad is bolted onto the side of his wheelchair in landscape orientation He sets his device to remain in landscape orientation because it would not be possible to turn the device if the orientation were to change Orientation: Meet Shawn 15
  16. 16. Joyce has repetitive strain injuries in her hands that limit her keyboard, mouse and touchscreen use. She uses the speech button on her smart phone to dictate texts and email She uses her smart phone’s intelligent agent to launch apps and search the web (e.g. “Launch Editorial”, “Search the web for green apples”) 16 Speech: Meet Joyce
  17. 17. So, based on this research we concluded… 3/2/2017 17
  18. 18. WCAG 2.0 Still Applicable WCAG2ICT provides interpretations for “non- web documents and software” WCAG 2.1 to provide improvements UAAG 2.0 relevant in some situations “AG 3.0” may address broader context 3/2/2017 18
  19. 19. WCAG 2.1 First Public Working Draft published February 28, 2017 ◦ New success criteria submitted from low vision task force, cognitive task force and mobile task force ◦ Everything is applicable to mobile ◦ Task force did not propose success criteria that would be addressed by Low Vision or Cognitive task forces ◦ 10 new proposed success criteria specifically from mobile taskforce ◦ See proposed success criteria that did not make this first editors draft at 3/2/2017 19
  20. 20. 2.1.4 Speech Input Level A All functionality of the content does not obstruct a user’s ability to access the commands through speech input. 3/2/2017 20
  21. 21. 2.4.11 Single-key Shortcuts Single-character shortcuts are not the only way activate a control, unless a mechanism is available to turn them off or remap them to shortcuts with two or more characters. 3/2/2017 21
  22. 22. 2.5.1 Target Size Level A The size of the target in relation to the visible display at the default viewport size is at least: ◦ 44 px by 44 px for pointer inputs with coarse pointing accuracy (such as a touchscreen) ◦ 22 px by 22 px for pointer inputs with fine pointing accuracy (such as a mouse, trackpad or stylus) where px is a CSS pixel when the page is using the device ideal viewport. Except when a link or control: ◦ is not part of the primary purpose or function of the page OR ◦ has an alternative link/control whose target does meet the minimum size requirements 3/2/2017 22
  23. 23. 2.5.2 Pointer inputs with additional sensors Level A All pointer functionality can be operated using screen coordinate information, without requiring additional pointer sensor information. 3/2/2017 23
  24. 24. 2.5.3 Touch with Assistive Technology All functions available by touch are still available by touch after platform assistive technology that remaps touch gestures is turned on. 3/2/2017 24
  25. 25. 2.5.4 Pointer Gestures Level A Functionality requiring complex or timed pointer gestures or multi-pointer gestures can also be operated with simple pointer gestures. 3/2/2017 25
  26. 26. 2.6.1 Device Sensors Level A All functionality of the content can be operated without requiring specific device sensor information unless the device sensor is essential for the function and not using it would invalidate the activity. 3/2/2017 26
  27. 27. 2.6.2 Orientation Level AA Content is not locked to a specific orientation, and functionality of the content is operable in all orientations, except where orientation is essential for use of the content. 3/2/2017 27
  28. 28. 3.2.6 Accidental Activation Level A For single-pointer activation, at least one of the following is true: ◦ Activation is on the up event, either explicitly or implicitly as a platform's generic activation/click event; ◦ A mechanism is available that allows the user to choose the up- event as an option; ◦ Confirmation is provided, which can dismiss activation; ◦ Activation is reversible; ◦ Timing of activation is essential and waiting for the up-event would invalidate the activity. 3/2/2017 28
  29. 29. 3.2.8 Change of Content Level AA Programmatic notification is provided for each change of content that indicates an action was taken or that conveys information, unless one or more of the following is true: ◦ There is an accessibility supported relationship between the new content and the control that triggers it. ◦ The user has been advised of the behavior before using the component. ◦ There are more than 5 notifications per minute. ◦ The change of content is not a result of a user action AND not related to the primary purpose of the page. 3/2/2017 29
  30. 30. How to Comment File an issue in the W3C WCAG 2.1 Github repository ◦File as new issues ◦One issue per discrete comment Send email to Deadline: 31 March 2017 3/2/2017 30
  31. 31. Questions? 313/2/2017