iOS Switch Mess

Two accessibility switches wirelessley connected to a switch interface plugged into an Apple iPad.

The popularity of the Apple iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad has led to a range of switch interfaces. But for as elegant as the likes of the it-iClick above may appear, things are a bit of a mess.

Kate Aherne has posted a break-down of much of what is currently available at the TLWMSN blog and a plea for greater access, echoed below:

"A Request to App Developers:

  • Please make your apps switch accessible.
  • Please demand that the makers of switch interfaces add non-proprietary switch settings to their interfaces (i.e. make all iOS switches/interfaces compatiable with all accessible apps and let customers choose your switch or interface based on the quality of construction and the design of the product not which one gets more bang for the buck in terms of which apps it controls).
  • When choosing non-proprietary switch setting to run your app consider using standard keystrokes that can be sent via a bluetooth keyboard (i.e. arrow keys, tab/enter), switch interface makers will eventually have to add these if you insist on them in your apps.
  •  Please be sure to make your apps auditory scanning as well as visual scanning."

TouchToKey? My hope is that Apple or some clever App developer, create a JoyToKey type facility as soon as possible. Something that allows users to assign keypresses to emulate an array of touches and gestures.

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