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RE: Accessibility testing an App

From: Sean Murphy (seanmmur) <seanmmur@cisco.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:17:07 +0000
To: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>, Matt Elton <mattelton35@gmail.com>
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Is the IBM checker a purchased product or open source?


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From: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Sent: Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:03 AM
To: Matt Elton <mattelton35@gmail.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Accessibility testing an App

IBM Accessibility Research developed the Mobile Accessibility Checker (MAC) technology to test and help automate more of the testing for both iOS and Android native apps.
MAC also covers hybrid apps that have a browser component wrapped inside the app - meaning the app isn't a web site that runs in the browser, those are called "mobile web apps".  We started developing it a few years ago because there wasn't one out there...

See https://www.ibm.com/able/mobile-accessibility-checker.html
you can try out the technology by contacting us.

Both iOS and Android have released some good guidance and some checking tools, but last I checked there wasn't a lot or any APIs for integration, or automation, customizations, openness for adding custom rules, etc.

MAC technology was also available from SSB Bart's AMP for Mobile too.
YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ_6Ly930t4
2015 Press Release https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/digital-accessibility-solutions-provider-ssb-bart-group-launches-new-mobile-accessibility-management-platform-300045211.html
other news articles, such as http://www.eweek.com/small-business/ibm-mobile-accessibility-checker-built-for-ios-android

for latest offering from Level Access, see their web site at https://www.levelaccess.com/products/software/mobile-accessibility/
Phill Jenkins
Check out the new system for requesting an IBM product Accessibility Conformance Report VPAT(r)at  able.ibm.com/request<https://able.ibm.com/request/>
Senior Engineer & Accessibility Executive
IBM Research Accessibility

From:        Matt Elton <mattelton35@gmail.com>
To:        w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Date:        09/26/2018 02:35 PM
Subject:        Accessibility testing an App

Hi everyone,

I emailed a few months ago for advice on how best to check the accessibility of a website on mobile and desktop. Your feedback was very helpful - so thanks again for that..

We have now progressed on, and I would very much like to check the accessibility of an Android and iOS app (ideally against WCAG v2.1). Can anyone talk me through how this can be done as it is difficult to see the code behind the App. Is it enough to run assistive tech on it (i.e. VoiceOver, Talkback etc). or is there a way to look at the code as well?

Cheers for your help,

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