Anyone looking for a definitive set of mobile accessibility guidelines will be a little disappointed if they’ve ended up here because the bad news is that there aren’t any publicly available ones. I’m involved in writing some and am aware of other organisations doing the same but until these are published all we have are generic resources and a few platform specific resources.
I often get asked what’s out there so I thought the next best thing would be to keep an updated list of resources. Hopefully the list below will be of some use and if you have any resources you’d like to add leave a comment and I’ll update the list.
Note: these are not general mobile accessibility resources but informal guidelines that relate to mobile and accessibility or are device specific guidelines.
- BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines - a set of technology agnostic best practices for mobile web content, hybrid and native apps (Disclaimer: I was lead editor)
- Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 – best practices for mobile web design and development
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 – the definitive set of guidelines for building accessible content from the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative
- Relationship between Mobile Web Best Practices and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – published by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative this document highlights the cross over between the two sets of guidelines based on the barriers of disabled users experience on the web and limitations of mobile
- Barriers Common to Mobile Device Users and People with Disabilities – useful background information as to who is affected and how
- Widget Accessibility Best Practices - written by Steve Lee these look at building standards compliant cross platform widgets that are accessible.
- Mobile Website Guidelines – published by the University of Austin.
- Funka Mobile Accessibility Guidelines – published by Funka Nu
- Designing for accessibility - published by Android developers and covers apps
- Google Eyes-Free project – information on installing Talkback and the Eyes
- Accessibility: are you serving all your users – Android Developers
- Android Developers Accessibility Guide
- Best practices designing accessible applications - published by the Blackberry Developer Centre
iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
- Accessibility programming guide for iOS – Apples guidance on making iOS apps accessible
- Accessibility for iPhone and iPad apps – by Matt Gemmell this is a easier to digest reference for building accessible apps than the Apple documentation
- iPad usability studies- two studies published over two years by Jakob Neilson
Nokia and Symbian
- User experience checklist for touch (PDF – new window) - published by Nokia
- User experience checklist for keypad (PDF – new window) - published by Nokia
- Design guidelines for Windows Mobile – published by Microsoft and also covers usability, navigation, controls and text guidelines
- Accessibility and Ergonomic Guidelines – for Windows Mobile published by Microsoft