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Accessibility – upcoming series

Although I’m currently working on a large project, I can’t stop thinking about the state of accessibility in apps available on the Windows Stores.

I am lucky enough to be in a position where the accepted use of the term “accessibility” doesn’t apply to me*, but I do wonder how many apps out there have given any thought to the topic of enabling their application for use by people with disabilities or other factors affecting their use of computers.

The Windows Store frameworks have a lot of inbuilt functionality to support users with enhanced requirements from their apps (documented here), but how many of us, as developers, have put in the time and effort to make sure we can reach the widest possible audience?

I am hoping to start work soon an a series of how-to posts on making the most of the platform’s feature to reach all our potential users.  In the meantime, if you have any specific accessibility questions you would like to see me address, please drop me a line.

* although accessibility applies to everyone, to varying degrees. We might not be able to read AntiqueWhite text on a white background, and no designer in their right minds would expect us to. I’m more interested, for the purposes of this post, in enabling apps for those with visual impairments or motor control issues.

Javascript Windows Apps

I’m a XAML / C# kind of guy. I haven’t delved very much into the JavaScript side of W8 app development, but when browsing the store earlier today I cam across the CodeShow() app. (store link)

CodeShow() Logo
CodeShow() Logo

If you are running with a JavaScript project, there are plenty of examples in the app of how to achieve certain things with working demos and source code. Seems like it could be a useful resource.

*Disclaimer* : I am not associated in any way with the author of this app – I’m just pointing to it in case someone finds it useful.