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From Andrew Grieve <>
Subject Re: Android a11y, Whitelists and Offline Story
Date Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:34:07 GMT
Not something I've dealt with before :(

>From your description, perhaps we could write a plugin that bundles a copy
of the gstatic files and injects them when offline?

On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM, Joe Bowser <> wrote:

> Hey
> The last week, I've been doing some preliminary work on Android
> accessibility, and after fiddling with Cordova, I've come to some
> pretty bad realizations:
> 1. Android Accessibility in a WebView is achieved the same way we do
> PhoneGap, except that their JS is injected from a static server.  This
> means that if the app is offline, it's not accessible to the blind
> 2. Most of Android isn't actually accessible, namely the Play Store,
> which is how most people discover apps. "Play Store, Play Store, Play
> Store, Play Store" doesn't seem super useful.
> 3. There's no real point trying to make accessibility work on
> Gingerbread, since the accessibility libraries don't really work on
> that platform, and aren't as robust.
> 4. Accessibility is HARD, especially when you're not blind.
> 5. The splashscreen says "Alert".  WTF?
> So, one major issue that I ran into is that you have to whitelist
> so that you can get the Accessibility Javascript. It'd be
> great to see how the accessibility JS works and communicates with the
> two interfaces that it adds to the WebView.
> BTW: Here's the Java portion of Accessibility on the WebView:
> Any ideas on how we can take advantage of this, make it better when
> we're offline. Right now, it just treats the webview as one giant
> view.  Thoughts on this would be great.
> Joe

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