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Mobile Accessibility: Building and Testing Accessible Mobile Sites and Native Apps with Gian Wild

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mobile Accessibility: Building and Testing Accessible Mobile Sites and Native Apps with Gian Wild on Monday, April 15 at 7 PM Central.

Unfortunately, when developing WCAG2, the Working Group did not envision the current world where mobile is almost ubiquitous. For example, on a mobile device, there is no continual access to a keyboard (unless someone is using it as an add-on to the device – or using a Blackberry Classic.) WCAG2 requires that all content be accessible to the keyboard interface, but it does not require that all content be accessible to a mouse or to a touchscreen user, which is essential on a mobile device. WCAG2.1 does include some mobile accessibility requirements but doesn’t go far enough.

Gian Wild chaired the Mobile Site Sub-Committee to develop a set of Mobile Site Testing Guidelines available under Creative Commons. These guidelines are meant to be used with WCAG2 (and WCAG2.1) to ensure that sites are accessible to people with disabilities using mobile and tablet devices.

Accessibility is important to all – not everyone using your mobile app, device, or wearable will be fully functioning, either because they have a disability or they are engaged elsewhere. Gian talks about the things that are essential to avoid when designing mobile apps, devices, and wearables to ensure that everyone can use them. She talks about specific mobile accessibility features: pinch zoom, native screen readers, haptic keyboard, etc., and system accessibility settings: font size, screen rotation, high contrast, etc.

These meetups take place via Zoom and are live captioned. You must register to attend via Zoom.

About Gian Wild

Gian Wild is the CEO, Founder and President of AccessibilityOz, established in Australia in 2011 and the United States in 2015. Gian has worked in the accessibility industry since 1998. She worked on the first Level AAA accessible website in Australia (Disability Information Victoria) and developed one of the first automated accessibility testing tools, PurpleCop, in 2000.

She spent six years on the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, contributing to the development of WCAG2, and is currently a member of the Automated WCAG Monitoring-Community Group. Gian is on the Higher Education Content Steering Group for Accessibility Switchboard and a committee member of the ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium conference in the United States. She also chairs two of the symposium’s sub-committees: the Mobile Testing Sub-Committee and the Native App Testing Sub-Committee. The committees work to create up-to-date mobile accessibility testing guidelines.

Event Information


Thank you to our sponsors:

Accessibility & Accommodations

This meetup will be held virtually over Zoom and live captioned, thanks to our sponsors. Slide links will be provided when applicable, and presenters are encouraged to make slides as accessible as possible with alternative text for images, etc.

We’re working to secure sponsors so that we can offer ASL interpretation.

All are welcome to attend. If you need specific accommodations to make this meetup work for you, please contact us and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Code of Conduct

Please note that this group is a welcoming space for all. As this event is part of the official WordPress Meetup program, all attendees must follow the WordPress Online Code of Conduct.

By RSVPing to this meetup, you agree to abide by these guidelines. If you have concerns that the Online Code of Conduct is not being followed, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an organizer.


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