Last June the Accessibility Team at BBC launched the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines. You can find out more about the background of the guidelines in a previous post.
Over the last few months we have taken on board feedback, both internal and external, refined the requirements, revised some techniques and most importantly housed the guidelines in their own prototype HTML app. We wanted to take the standards and guidelines out of their dry Word format so they would be easier to read and use. There’s a lot of information in the document – it covers HTML, Android and iOS techniques after all – plus it has advice relevant to UX, development and editorial so we wanted to find a way to present the information so that it was a bit more targeted to you, your discipline and what issue you are wanting to address.
We’ve added an optional feature of offline storage so that you can access them whenever you want regardless of connection. You can also search the standards and guidelines by topic (images, forms, structure, text alternatives etc), by discipline (UX, Development, Editorial) as well as focus on just HTML, Android or iOS techniques.
We’ll be tweaking the app, trying new things out, so do let us know if you have any comments either here of via the BBC blog post about the Mobile Accessibility Guidelines.
You can grab a copy of the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines v 1.0 from the BBC Future Media Standards and Guidelines site.
Big thank you to BBC who unfailingly support accessibility not just in terms of making products accessible but who also strive to make them fun, engaging and usable for people with disabilities. It’s an everlasting journey to try and get this right as technology changes but the BBC are by far the best organisation I have worked with when it comes to commitment.
There’s a small army of people who work hard on this within BBC but big thanks to Gareth Ford Williams who has supported and edited the guidelines and Ian Pouncey who has edited and helped pull together the site alongside IMI Mobile.