The New York Times has updated their NYTimes for iPad app today, to Version 2.5.4.
The big news in this update is the new support for accessibility features for visually impaired readers:
Visually impaired readers can take full advantage of iOS’s Accessibility features, including VoiceOver and AssistiveTouch
I have never looked at how much or how little iPad newspapers and magazines support these accessibility features before today. This morning when I saw this update I did just a quick bit of testing with the iPad editions of The Wall Street Journal and the newly updated NYTimes for iPad – and the difference is certainly notable, with the NYTimes app making if far easier for Voiceover to read an individual article.
It may just be that I’ve missed it, but I also don’t recall seeing reports of this sort of update for any other leading iPad newspaper or magazine titles. If any of you are visually impaired iPad users or just knowledgeable on this subject, I hope you’ll leave a comment and fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge.
Here’s an App Store link for NYTimes for iPad.