AbleRoad is a community effort assembling comments, reviews and ratings to connect people with accessible places. The app allows users to rate establishments based on the accessibility features. This app development presented a challenge and a unique opportunity to emerse myself in the accessibility features of iOS. iOS devices are well suited for the visually impaired, under the assumption that the app developers pay attention to a few key points.
- Use built in apple UIViews and UIViewControllers – they automatically hook up to the accessibility features and deliver the best experience.
- Don’t change views without announcing – Visually impaired users keep a mental map of their position in the app while it is running. Changing views without using the standard view controller push pop paradigm, can cause the user to loose orientation.
- Pagination – To much information in a table takes too much time to read. Focus on the important data that you need to share with the user.
- Don’t use fancy touch gestures – The gestures will be used for navigation between the different controls.
It is truly insparational to develop this essential app, and it is certainly important to provide solutions to such a large segment of the population. This project is a unique one, go ahead and download the AbleRoad app and rate places for their accessibility!