Over the years Twitterrific has collected critical recognition from the public and from the iOS developer community including an Apple Design Award and inclusion in the iMore Hall of Fame. This past week Twitterrific earned a new award that we felt was important to highlight: Membership in the AppleVis iOS Hall of Fame for App Accessibility.
In AppleVis’ own words, the iOS Hall of Fame plays an important part in empowering blind and low-vision users to better experience the digital world around them:
“Our Hall of Fame provides the community with a means to showcase and acknowledge the passion and hard work that app developers put into creating great apps that are fully accessible to VoiceOver users. These apps place powerful tools into the palms of our hands, and give access to services, information, media or entertainment that the sighted world takes for granted.”
Here at the Iconfactory, we’ve have made a conscious effort to make Twitterrific (and all our products) as accessible as possible. Lead engineer Sean Heber’s improvements and adoption of the latest accessibility features from both Apple and Twitter have received tons of positive feedback from the VoiceOver community and have encouraged us to re-double our efforts to make Twitterrific even better for blind and low-vision users.
Twitterrific would not have received this award without the support of our amazing group of VoiceOver beta testers and users like Michael Hansen, Ashley Bischoff, Alison Hartley and most especially Marco Zehe. Without this dedicated group of people, Twitterrific would not be as accessible or as easy to use. The insight and critical feedback they provide helps us greatly improve how VoiceOver works within the app and for that we are truly grateful. In short, we have them to thank just as much as all of the people who nominated and voted for us at AppleVis.
Knowing that our efforts help to measurably improve the lives of mobile users who are often taken for granted is extremely gratifying. From the entire Twitterrific team and all of us here at the factory, this is a great honor and one we are proud to receive. Thank you.