Mobile accessibility for web sites and native apps


Presented at 10:30am in Mattie Silks on Monday, November 6, 2023.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Bring-your-own Device Workshop: Laptop, mobile, headphones, bluetooth keyboard (if you have one)
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Gian Wild takes you through the new Mobile Accessibility Testing Guidelines, developed by a worldwide bipartisan group of accessibility specialists. Learn how to test mobile sites and native apps, and what assistive technologies / mobile features you should include in your testing.


The one-day mobile site accessibility course goes into detail about the development and maintenance of the ICT Accessibility Symposium’s Mobile Site Accessibility Testing Guidelines, and its relationship to WCAG2 and WCAG2.1. The methodology will be discussed in detail including: • Testing methods for mobile sites (including how to capture errors) • Types of mobile sites (desktop, m dot and responsive) • Identifying variations of a page in responsive sites • How to identify what devices to test on • Usefulness of mobile simulators and automated accessibility testing tools • Assistive technologies and how to test with them The methodology will be covered in detail, including issues such as: • Traps that feature in mobile sites • Accessible name, role, value • Touch gestures • Geolocation • Change of state • Use of color • Color contrast • Indicating functionality • Use of standard elements • Consistency across Android and iOS apps Assistive technologies will be demonstrated, and attendees will have an opportunity to test with these assistive technologies, such as: • VoiceOver / TalkBack • Keyboard • Invert Colors • Magnification / Zoom


  1. Mobile web accessibility is very different to desktop web accessibility
  2. Mobile devices have a huge array of system accessibility features and these need to be tested
  3. WCAG2.1 does not sufficiently cover mobile web accessibility

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.