Scott Thompson here. It is a pleasure to be re-engaged with the Apple Accessibility community. Some of you might know me and have spoken with me during my time at Apple. I was with Apple until October of 2018, spending the majority of my seven years at Apple with the Accessibility Department.
I currently work at Applitools. Applitools is a user-interface monitoring platform that utilizes AI for app and web developers, and testers, to eliminate those dreadful bugs that often plague all of us, especially Accessibility. A part of our primary tool, Eyes, does Accessibility testing (image tags, descriptions, pixel-shifts, etc.) and we intend to increase its' functionality in the future (contrast ratios, etc.)
I would love to have an automated testing tool for VO. No one is there yet, but I'm pushing for it. Our product is called Applitools Eyes, and I think Applitools Ears would be quite complimentary.
I'm here today because of our articles and research on Accessibility. We have a webinar from 2017 (Click here to read and hear it.) that goes in-depth about testing, but I think it's time to refresh our information.
Like others have asked previously on the forums, I'd like to hear what you, the users, have to say about the current state of testing. I want to listen to your raw feelings about the service, disservice of apps, and websites today. Who is doing it well, who's not? Bugs, frustrations, what makes or breaks the experience for you?
As a strong advocate, I'd like to hear your honest opinions. It can be as broad or as specific as you would like. I'll make sure to credit you in the article if I use your comment.
We focus on "visual testing," but we all know that accessible code will resolve a lot of visual bugs as well. I encourage developers to write code with Accessibility in mind first, as it often solves many other problems they may have in the rest of their app. I've seen that mentality being adopted in the developer space, albeit slowly. It takes a lot of time to do well. But we are all called upon to also do what is right. It has been much more difficult in the enterprise space, but luckily, the Domino's lawsuit is scaring a lot of companies into action.
Also, feel free to add me on LinkedIn. I would love to increase my Accessibility network. Plus, I have connections to several people at Apple that I might be able to lend your voice and comments to by proxy. Click here to go to my LinkedIn profile.
Thank you all for your time, comments, and drive to advocate for an accessible world.