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Accessibility as a test criterion

Stiftung Warentest examines Apps for Blind and Partially Sighted People

In the past months Stiftung Warentest, a German consumer organisation and foundation, has examined how useful different iOS and Android apps are to blind and partially sighted people. The results have now been published in an article entitled “Apps für Blinde und Sehbehinderte” (Apps for Blind and Partially Sighted People).

With pleasure I accepted Stiftung Warentest’s invitation to lend my expertise to the committee specially formed to conduct these tests. This test is obviously of great value to consumers in general. However, I am delighted to see that an organisation like Stiftung Warentest not only recognises and spreads the word about how crucial mobile apps can be for the inclusion of blind and partially sighted people, but even sets a focus on how usable and accessible apps are to this specific user group. I hope Stiftung Warentest will keep the key role of accessibility and Design for All in mind and include them as criteria in future tests. After all, washing machines and other household appliances should be accessible, too.

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