BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines3:06 with Aisha Blake
The BBC has created a fantastic resource for their own developers related to mobile web content as well as native and hybrid applications. They’re essentially a lists of do’s and don’ts, which makes them easy to follow and reference!
[MUSIC] 0:00 Though this course is largely about web accessibility concerns, 0:04 there's a lot to cover in terms of mobile accessibility. 0:08 In this stage we'll cover responsive techniques, as well as things to keep 0:12 in mind when you consider users accessing your content via mobile devices. 0:16 The BBC has created a fantastic resource for their own developers 0:21 related to mobile web content, as well as native and hybrid applications. 0:26 They're essentially a list of dos and 0:30 don'ts which makes them easy to follow and reference. 0:32 So the full name of this resource is the BBC Standards and Guidelines for 0:36 Mobile Accessibility. 0:40 For some clarity on how to read the standards and 0:42 guidelines, we'll take a look at the About page. 0:45 The short version of this is that everything is divided into eleven topics 0:47 and takes into account the different rules that come into play in any project. 0:53 So you'll see information that will be useful to UX designers, editors, and 0:57 developers. 1:01 Techniques and examples are included. 1:03 A little further down under Definitions, we see that Standards are defined 1:05 as best practices that can easily be tested with specific criteria. 1:09 To make things even easier for us, they've indicated with little Must or 1:14 Must Not flags. 1:19 Guidelines are less testable but should still be part of an accessible app. 1:21 They're marked with the words Should or Should Not. 1:27 We'll focus on the Developers section here. 1:29 As promised there are 11 different topics beginning with Audio and 1:34 video, and ending with Recommendations. 1:38 Each has a sort of short hand version of the relevant standards and guidelines. 1:42 The first section, for example, lists Autoplay Must Not and Metadata Should. 1:47 Now, you might be able to guess that this means your audio and 1:53 video content must not play automatically and you should provide metadata. 1:58 But let's get some more detail on this. 2:04 There's a nice, robust navigation menu on the right-hand side of the screen 2:06 that can take us a bit deeper. 2:10 If we click on Audio and video, we're given a few more options. 2:12 The others, Subtitles, signing and audio description, and Transcripts 2:18 are considering part of the developer's primary responsibilities by the BBC and 2:23 so are listed in other sections. 2:27 If we choose Autoplay though, we get a much more detailed explanation 2:30 of what the standard actually is and how it can be implemented. 2:34 What's really cool about this resource is that it takes native mobile technologies 2:38 into account. 2:43 There are not only examples and guidance for using HTML but 2:44 there are iOS and Android examples as well. 2:48 There are also testing procedures listed for each standard. 2:51 The BBC Standards and Guidelines for 2:55 Mobile Accessibility are another great set of standards to use, 2:57 especially if you're working on the specifically mobile project. 3:01
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