VoiceOver 102: Common GesturesOn Jun 18th, 2020 ~ 2 min read
Three basic finger gestures can get us quite far with VoiceOver. But adding a few more things to our tool-belt will help us becoming fluid VoiceOver users and/or auditors.
Here are the tools I would take to a desert island with me:
On the first article, we activated VoiceOver with Siri. It feels modern, sure. But, to be honest, it is not particularly practical to me.
If we go to “Settings” → “Accessibility” → “Accessibility Shortcut,” we can select “VoiceOver” on that list.
With this setting, triple tapping the home or side button (depending on the device) will toggle VoiceOver. So convenient! Right?
Now, let’s go back to interacting with our apps.
Sooner or later, one may discover naturally (or accidentally 😅) that a single tap on the screen moves the focus to the accessible element touched.
We can actually continuously swipe around the UI. VoiceOver’s focus will swiftly follow our touch. And additional single taps will activate the element focused under our (uninterrupted) swipe.
To scroll, we only need the 3 finger swipe. Up, Down, Left, or Right.
With the gestures we learned so far, going back on navigation or dismissing a modal may be a hassle.
Swiping a Z shape with two fingers anywhere on the screen will solve it. This gesture will perform those actions, and it will save us a lot of time. And it will rescue us when feeling trapped too.
This gesture may not be supported in custom implementations. But it is so useful that it will be really expected by our users. Let’s not forget adding it to our self-auditing notebook when it does not work!
We may be starting to question our memory skills to remember these gestures. And, to the best of my knowledge, there is only one way to become fluent and internalize these gestures: practice.
Just keep swiping!