Public broadcasting apps accessibility tested

Sweden's Television, SVT, has let Funka audit the SVT Play apps for Android and iOS to get an overview of how well they comply with the Web Accessibility Directive.

SVT is, like other broadcasters, exempt from the Web Accessibility Directive. But the level of ambition when it comes to accessibility is high and the apps are just as important as all other interfaces. Law or no law, SVT Play is part of SVTi, the interactive service that should be possible to use for as many people as possible.

The audit has given us a clear basis for our priorities and the teams are already in action, says Erik Hedin, Lead Digital Accessibility, SVTi. In addition, we have gained knowledge of, for example, app development that we can use in all product areas.

Auditing apps against regulatory requirements differs in many ways from how to review services on the web. The EN301549 / WCAG 2.1 applies as the minimum requirements even for apps, but the standards are primarily written for web services. Therefore, all requirements cannot be matched directly against an app, but must be interpreted in the relevant context.

It is interesting to test and audit apps, says Lars Samuelsson, Accessibility Expert at Funka. The Web Accessibility Directive's requirements for apps will only start to apply on June 23 next year, but many of our clients are starting to prepare well in advance, which is gratifying.

It will be exciting to see if apps will generally get better from an accessibility perspective now that the deadline is approaching and also apps should comply with the requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive.