Announcing an Enhancement to the AppleVis App Directories and Accessibility Ratings

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

We are pleased to announce the launch of community accessibility ratings, giving members of the AppleVis community an opportunity to submit their own accessibility ratings for all apps listed in one of our App Directories.

When viewing an App Directory entry, logged-in users will now be presented with the option to add their own accessibility rating of the app. By submitting your own ratings, you help to ensure that our information regarding what is likely to be the first thing that most in this community will want to know about an app—its accessibility status—is as accurate, representative and up-to-date as possible.

An app which has additional ratings submitted by members of the community will have a tab titled "Community Accessibility Ratings", where you can view details of all the submitted ratings. As an example, see the entry for Overcast: Podcast Player.

User profile pages now include a section where you can view all of the ratings that the user has submitted; there is a standalone page where you can view all accessibility ratings, on all apps, by all users; and the five most recent ratings will be displayed in a new area of the site's home page.

The rating list on profile pages makes it easy to keep track of your own ratings. Additionally, if you have submitted a rating for an app, your rating and it's date will be shown to you on the App Directory entry itself.

We believe that the introduction of community accessibility ratings will benefit those wanting to learn about the accessibility of an app; whether that be an end user or the developer. in the case of developers, community accessibility ratings provide a quick and easy way of getting an overview of how blind and low vision users rate the accessibility of an app.

We hope that you find community accessibility ratings to be both helpful and informative.

Blog Tags: 

10 Comments

#1 nice features

Pretty good features.

#2 Thanks for the enhancement

Thank you AppleVis for all the great job you guys do. Very nice feature. Congratulations on such a great job.

#3 Awesome Idea

I have not yet checked out this enhancement, but I love the idea. I've not yet downloaded that many apps, but I'll definitely be making my presence known with this enhancement. In addition, this will hopefully be another reason to get my sister to register on here. She is a VoiceOver user too, and has had a lot of questions for me. Thanks as always for a job well done and please keep it up.

#4 Great addition

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

This is a great and very welcome addition to the site.

#5 For entries that we made ...

I know that I e-mailed this question a few weeks ago, but I lost the e-mail in which the question was answered: how can you add a rating to an app that you entered into the app directory?

#6 In reply to TJT

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

To update one of your own entries to the App Directory, you need to click or double-tap on the ‘Edit’ button that's located just below the name of the app on its App Directory page.

After making your changes, click or double-tap on the ‘Save’ button.

#7 A misunderstanding

To clarify, are you saying that a person who submits an app cannot have their accessibility rating appear on the list of community accessibility ratings for an app? For instance, I submitted Blindfold Crossword to the app directory today. I said that the app was fully accessible, but my rating of the app would not appear in the list of community accessibility ratings.

I am sorry for the misunderstanding. I seem to have ignored the word "community", and had a strange idea that I would be able to rate the app twice.

#8 In reply to TJT

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

As the original poster of the app to the directory, your accessibility ratings and comments are displayed on the main page of the entry.

#9 I jsut tiredd this and I don

I jsut tiredd this and I don't see a [oint to this new system. I liked it the way it is. The pop up button works, but the comments? Not so much. Why, when you can just leave a comment in the comments section of the app. This move does not make any sense to me.

#10 Excellent!

Glad this feature was added, as it has been a mild source of frustration that accessibility ratings have always been determined by only one person.