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Mobile Apps Accessibility Series: Accessible Touch Targets – 3

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Welcome back to our Mobile Apps Accessibility Series! In this third installment, we’ll focus on the importance of accessible touch targets for enhancing accessibility in mobile apps. Building upon the foundation laid in our previous discussions on user-friendly navigation and clear layouts, we’ll explore how well-designed touch targets can significantly improve usability for all users, including those with disabilities. Let’s delve into the world of accessible touch targets!

Accessible Touch Targets Matter

Accessible touch targets are crucial for ensuring that users can interact with your mobile app effectively, especially for individuals with motor impairments or dexterity limitations. Here’s why they matter:

Improved Usability

Well-designed touch targets make it easier for users to tap on interactive elements within your app. By ensuring that touch targets are sufficiently large and spaced apart, you can prevent accidental touches and improve the overall usability of your app.

Enhanced Accessibility

Accessible touch targets make your app more inclusive and accessible to users with disabilities. By providing targets that are easy to see and interact with, you can ensure that users with motor impairments can navigate your app with ease.

Reduced Frustration

Frustration often arises when users struggle to tap on small or closely spaced touch targets. By making touch targets more accessible, you can reduce user frustration and create a more enjoyable app experience for everyone.

Compliance with Accessibility Standards

Many accessibility guidelines and standards, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), require that touch targets meet certain size and spacing requirements. By ensuring that your touch targets comply with these standards, you can make your app more accessible to a wider audience.

Implementing Accessible Touch Targets

Here are some key principles to keep in mind when designing accessible touch targets for your mobile app:

Size and Spacing

Ensure that touch targets are large enough to be easily tapped with a finger, yet not too large that they take up too much space on the screen. The recommended minimum size for touch targets is around 44×44 pixels.

Spacing Between Targets

Provide adequate spacing between touch targets to prevent accidental touches and make it easier for users to distinguish between different elements. A minimum spacing of 8 pixels between touch targets is recommended.

Visual Feedback

Provide visual feedback when a touch target is tapped to confirm that the user’s action has been registered. This could be in the form of a color change, animation, or other visual cue.

Consider Reachability

Place touch targets within easy reach of the user’s thumb or finger, taking into account the typical grip and usage patterns of mobile devices.

Test with Real Users

Test your touch targets with real users, including those with motor impairments or dexterity limitations, to ensure that they are accessible and easy to use for everyone.

Accessible touch targets are essential for creating inclusive and user-friendly mobile apps. By prioritizing size, spacing, and visual feedback, you can ensure that your app is accessible to users of all abilities. In the next installment of our series, we’ll explore additional design principles aimed at promoting accessibility in mobile apps. Stay tuned for more insights and tips!


What is next?

In our next installment, we will delve into each of the Readable Text and Adjustable Fonts for Mobile Apps Accessibility Series.

For more information on why accessibility is important in general, you can check out my previous blog post here.

For further information on how In our next installment, we’ll explore the importance of captions for individuals with hearing disabilities and delve into how we can promote digital products using captions with semantic markup to enhance accessibility for those with hearing make your product accessible to your audience, contact our experienced design experts, check out our Accessibility IQ for your website, download our guide Digitally Accessible Experiences: Why It Matters and How to Create Them, and read more from our UX for Accessible Design series.

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Gulen Yilmaz

Highly dedicated Web Accessibility Consultant who is driven by a passion for contributing to team success. With a strong work ethic, meticulous attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and outstanding collaborative abilities, she consistently goes above and beyond to ensure project success. Her cross-functional capabilities enable her to effectively work across various roles and departments. Additionally, she holds a CPACC certification in the field of accessibility, further validating her expertise. With over 2 years of experience working on accessibility teams, she has honed her skills in different types of testing and has gained proficiency in analysis, design, development, implementation, enhancement, and accessibility testing of applications within the IT industry. Her unwavering commitment to accessibility and her extensive experience make her an invaluable asset to any team.

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