This is a curated collection of guidelines resources for mobile accessibility. It’s constantly updated so if you have something to suggest post it in the comments.
Last updated 2nd July, 2015
The guidelines below either directly or indirectly relate to making mobile websites, and applications accessible.
- Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile – this includes a break down of issues and requirements for mobile as well as links to techniques that are currently being written by the working group.
- 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
- Mobile Accessibility Checklist – Mozilla Developer Network
- Section 508 –
- The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act – applicable in the USA
- Designing for accessibility – Android Developers
- Accessibility: are you serving all your users – Android Developers
- Android Developers Accessibility Guide – Android Developers
- Accessibility Testing Checklist – Android Developers
- Building Accessibility Services – Android Developers
- Accessibility Developer Checklist – Android Developers
- Google Eyes-Free project – information on installing Talkback and the Eyes
- Best practices designing accessible applications – published by the Blackberry Developer Centre
iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
- Accessibility programming guide for iOS – Apple accessibility
- Accessibility verification on iOS – Apple accessibility
- Designing for iOS – Apple accessibility
- 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