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Sticking On Labels: Making the GetGlue iOS App Accessible

November 27, 2011 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 45-minute podcast, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow use the new iOS 5 VoiceOver custom-labeling feature to make the GetGlue social-entertainment iOS app accessible. Join us to learn about an exciting, useful iOS feature and have some fun along the way.

Custom Labeling Step-By-Step

  1. Locate the unlabeled button by dragging your finger or flicking to it on the screen.
  2. Double tap with two fingers and hold them in place. This is also known as a two-finger double-tap-and-hold gesture. You will hear three tones followed by “Alert, label element, text field, is editing.”
  3. Type a short label for the button.
  4. Locate and double tap the Save button. It can be found above the keyboard on the left side of the screen.

In addition to making the controls in an app accessible, the custom-labeling feature can be used to describe pictures in other contexts, such as the photos in your iPhone’s camera roll.

Allison asked an excellent question: Are custom labels backed up to iCloud or iTunes? Please feel free to answer in the comments.

GetGlue Information

GetGlue is a Foursquare-like social network for entertainment. It is available on smartphones and the Web. You can check into your favorite books, movies, music, TV shows and much more and share information about all the fun you’re having with your friends. The primary website works best with browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari on computers. The mobile website is intended for use with smartphones. It may be a more accessible alternative to the primary site for some computer users.

Tip from Allison: I recommend signing up on the GetGlue website before logging in with the iOS app.

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2 opinions on “Sticking On Labels: Making the GetGlue iOS App Accessible

  1. I have a suggestion for a blog post. If you haven’t done this before,
    I am total. just purchased my first iphone last week, the iphone 4s.

    Its been challenging trying to learn VoiceOver for the first time and how to use all the different gestures, but am slowly getting the hang of it. Took me a week to find an actual manual for VoiceOver and the iphone itself but anyways…

    my suggestion is: a blog post recommending a listing of iphone / ipad apps that we know of that are compatible with VoiceOver and/or blind and VI friendly.

    So far I haven’t found very many apps that are compatible. Netflix app is iffy at best, and the showtime movie app that lists movie theatres and showtimes in your area isn’t voiceover compatible at all, which annoys me especially since mom takes me to the movies about 3x a week. but anyway to be brief, a listing of recommended apps for us newbies to the iphone / ipad world to try would be very much helpful and appreciated to us newbies to the voiceover touchscreen world. thanks

  2. Concerning the question of whether custom labels are saved, I would think the answer is no. It does not seem to carry over from my iPhone to my iPod Touch.

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