How can I encourage developers to prioritize accessibility features in apps and sites?

Episode 1333 (33:39)

Julian from Los Angeles, CA

Julian is frustrated that app developers don't document the changes when updating an app anymore, because it often will break accessibility features. For instance, if an app was completely redesigned, and it said that in the description of the update, Julian would hold off for awhile because that usually means the accessibility features aren't going to work like they used to. Leo says this is somewhat done for security. Apple in particular doesn't want to disclose what bugs they fixed because they don't want to give out that information. Leo says all Julian can do is complain to the developers about it.

Leo thinks developers also need to pay more attention to accessibility in general. Some companies like Microsoft and Apple have full time assistive technology experts. If the company or app he's having problems with have a department like that, Julian can write to them. Many app developers are much smaller though, and in that case, they could use the feedback to improve their app or website.

Julian also wants everyone to know that there's an assistive technology conference happening Saturday November 5th in Los Angeles. It's a great place to get hands on with some of the latest and greatest in assistive technology. There's also great workshops and presentations. And for those who don't live in Los Angeles, they will be recording the conference and will make it available at the website. Head to bestintech.info for more information.

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