[Nfbc-info] FW: [State-affiliate-leadership-list] An Accessibility Bug in the Recent Uber update

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Mon Sep 28 17:29:07 UTC 2015

FYI.  To all of the Uber users out there.  Be aware.

-Mary Willows



From: State-affiliate-leadership-list
[mailto:state-affiliate-leadership-list-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
Lewis, Anil via State-affiliate-leadership-list
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 4:58 AM
Lewis, Anil
Subject: An Accessibility Bug in the Recent Uber update


I apologize, I received this note from our Uber contact on Friday:


"Our engineering team has identified a bug that will impact accessibility
for blind or vision-impaired riders in iOS rider app 2.97.6, to be released
on Monday.  


Unfortunately, a bug was introduced in the next version of the iOS rider app
- 2.97.6 - likely to be released on Monday of next week. The bug essentially
makes it more difficult, but not impossible, for voice-over enabled
accessibility users to request a ride. When swiping through the
accessibility elements on the app's main screen, the user will encounter
multiple extra accessibility items after cycling through the product
selection slider and before reaching the "Set Pickup Location" button needed
to request a ride.


This bug is recoverable by continuing to swipe past the bug indicating there
are no more accessible fields.  The audio cues indicate that the user has
not yet reached the end of the accessibility elements, and if they continue
to swipe, they will eventually reach the anticipated accessibility elements.
It will be fixed in the following version (2.98), but it will likely be a
full week after 2.97.6 before that version is out."



We are working to ensure access to these innovative transportation options.
Please let me know if you would like to participate in our Ride Sharing
focus groups.






Mr. Anil Lewis, M.P.A.

Executive Director 


National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

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Baltimore, Maryland   21230


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