Annual Report of the Information Commissioner 2016

Apps for Smart Phones and Devices

All smart phones typically have built in accessibility features and functions, which provide a platform on which applications (apps) can be built.

If you develop an app for the public, the content and interface options provided should follow the best practice guidelines developed by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These include:

  • Use cookies sparingly. Cookies are a common and effective means to store small amounts of information on the app user. These are typically used to personalise data and are commonly used to store a token representing a person’s identity in order to enable automatic sign in.
  • Ensure the person is informed about use of personal and device information.
  • Allow the person to control application behaviour that might not otherwise be apparent, such as access to the network and access to device data.
  • Enable automatic sign-in.
  • Minimise application and data size.
  • Make telephone numbers ‘click-to-call’.
  • Optimise the application’s start up time. Customer experience is strongly influenced by the initial start-up time of an application.

Learn more

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provides ‘ ‘ Mobile Web Application Best Practice Guide ’

For information on making iPhone applications accessible, see Accessibility Programming Guide for iOS

For information on making Android applications accessible, see Making Apps More Accessible

For more information on testing for accessibility, see Testing Your App’s Accessibility

Customer Communications Toolkit for the Public Service – A Universal Design Approach

Digital and Web Based Communication Systems and Services

Mobile Web Content and Apps Checklist

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