Accessibility improvements in Apple iOS 4 for iPhone/iPod Touch
To my great disappointment the screen resolution of my iPod Touch wasn’t affected when I updated it to iOS 4. Not even the 4.1 update fixed that. Sigh. On the other hand, I have found a few accessibility improvements that should make iOS 4 devices easier to use, especially for people who are visually impaired.
Here are a few examples:
- Visible Rotor Control: The VoiceOver Rotor Control now displays on-screen, which makes it easier for sighted people to change it to a specific setting.
- Changing languages on the fly: Using the Rotor Control’s language setting lets you change the language VoiceOver uses on the fly. Good if you are multi-lingual and often visit websites that don’t specify which language they’re written in.
roleattributes in the actual markup are navigated to.
- Touch typing: You can now enter text when VoiceOver is on without having to double-tap keys or use two fingers by selecting “Touch typing” from the typing mode rotor.
- Large text: If you need larger text you can specify it for some applications. Safari isn’t one of them though.
Good improvements overall. I wonder when VoiceOver (both iOS and Mac OS X versions) will get full support for WAI-ARIA though.