Archive for March, 2015

March 30, 2015

G3ict PhoneGap accessibility white paper

G3ict, in collaboration with Adobe Accessibility, presents a free white paper on PhoneGap accessibility. This 10-page introduction covers the state of mobile app accessibility, the advantages inherent to PhoneGap’s approach in creating accessible cross-platform mobile apps, and Adobe’s motivation to create a PhoneGap accessibility plugin that bridges the gap between web accessibility and native mobile accessibility APIs.

If you’re looking for a high-level introduction on what makes PhoneGap a good platform for building accessible mobile apps, this is it.

The PhoneGap Mobile Accessibility repository on Github is also available for PhoneGap developers who are interested in implementing more advanced accessibility support in their apps. (TL;DR PhoneGap apps by default benefit from good web accessibility practices, but the accessibility plugin gives developers access to native accessibility APIs, such as whether high contrast is on, or the user has selected a preferred text size.)

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March 27, 2015

CSUN 2015 presentations

We had a busy week at the CSUN conference this year. In addition to giving a preview of the next version of Adobe Acrobat and Reader, we presented on mobile application accessibility using Adobe PhoneGap; content management features in Adobe Experience Manager; and our experiences working on an accessibility-first strategy for CloudUI, a core technology used across Adobe products. Here are the slides from those presentations.

Acrobat DC Accessibility: What’s New

Acrobat DC and Reader DC: the Reading Experience

Accessible Documents with Acrobat DC, Reader DC and PDF Maker

CloudUI: a Case Study

Mobile Accessibility with PhoneGap

Accessible Content Management with Adobe Experience Manager

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March 24, 2015

Acrobat DC and Reader DC accessibility update

Last week, Adobe announced the upcoming release of Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Reader DC. We have a few big new accessibility features that we want to let you know about in advance.

First, the upcoming release of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader will contain support for reading tagged PDF content with assistive technology on both Windows and Mac OS X. For the first time, Mac users will be able to use VoiceOver to create, edit and read accessible PDF documents.

The new user interface in Acrobat and Reader is also improved, and includes features that will help both readers and producers of PDF content. The whole UI now responds to high-contrast modes, with new icons customized for light or dark backgrounds.

A view of Acrobat DC in high-contrast mode, with files listed in white text on a black background

The Tools panel in Acrobat DC, shown in high-contrast mode with colored icons on a black background

Accessibility authoring features in Acrobat are now organized in the Accessibility Tool, which is more configurable than in earlier versions. And you can still find the Make Accessible Action in the Actions Tool, along with a number of components you can use to test and automate the production of accessible PDF documents.

Acrobat and Reader DC will be available within the next 30 days. If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you’ll find the new version of Acrobat in the Creative Cloud app for you to download on the day it ships.

We’re working on lots of accessibility documentation for users and authors, and will keep you up to date as we go.

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