What information would you want in a directory of Mac apps?
We shall shortly be expanding the AppleVis site to include Mac apps.
Amongst the anticipated changes is a dedicated App Directory for Mac apps. So, we now need to decide what information should be gathered on Mac apps. These are the obvious things:
- Version Number
- Free or paid
- Version of OS X the app was tested on
- Accessibility comments
- Link to app in App Store
- Link to developer web site
Can I assume that we are all happy with these?
I would then suggest that we have a rating system similar to what we already use in the existing App Directory. These are:
- VoiceOver Performance
- Button Labelling
As I have mentioned elsewhere, I don't use a Mac myself, so do not know if the issues are different to those on iDevices.
So, would you Mac users out there please suggest what we should be rating, and what the rating choices should be.
It would be better to get the rating system right from the start, rather than have to adjust it later.
Just a quick 'bump' of this post to make sure that it doesn't get missed.
We really need feedback from Mac users on what accessibility information you want on Mac apps.
We can't move forward with this until you let us know what you want.
Okay, lets see if we can identify the specific information needed.
In the iOS App Directory we currently use the following ratings:
- VoiceOver reads all page elements.
- VoiceOver reads most page elements.
- VoiceOver reads a few page elements.
- VoiceOver reads no page elements.
- All buttons are clearly labelled.
- Most buttons are clearly labelled.
- Few buttons are clearly labelled.
- No buttons are clearly labelled.
- The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.
- The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.
- The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface makes the app very difficult to use.
- There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.
- There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.
- Some parts of the app are accessible with VoiceOver, but not enough to make it usable.
- The app is totally inaccessible.
Are these suitable for Mac apps? If not, what would be more relevant and useful?
Thanks for the feedback.
Do you fellow Mac users agree?
Would a simple checkbox be enough to indicate that it's an app that runs in the background?
What do people think about having a text field where the person posting the app is asked to enter any information on how to make the app more accessible (such as using with Growl)?
Esther, thanks for the suggestion. This has now been added.