Developer notes

  • A segmented control is a linear set of two or more segments, each of which functions as a mutually exclusive button


  • Name matches the inside tab text
  • iOS Options
    • setTitle( ) method
    • Set a label in Interface Builder in the Identity Inspector
    • accessibilityLabel
    • (accessibilityLabel overrides setTitle)
  • Android Options
    • android:text XML attribute
    • contentDescription
    • (contentDescription overrides android:text)


  • iOS
    • UISegmentedControl
  • Android
    • Tabs
    • Button or Image Button


  • n/a


  • Selected state is announced for the control in group that is focused
  • iOS Options
    • Active: isEnabled property
    • Disabled: UIAccessibilityTraitNotEnabled. Announcement: dimmed
    • UIControlState or isSelected, UIAccessibilityTraitNotEnabled
    • Selected: Announced as “selected”
    • Not selected: Announced as “double tap to select” as hint
  • Android Options
    • Active: android:enabled=true
    • Disabled: android:enabled=false. Announcement: disabled
    • setSelected
    • Selected: Announced as “selected”


Only manage focus when needed. Primarily, let the device manage default focus.

Consider how focus should be managed between child elements and their parent views.

  • iOS Options
    • accessibilityElementIsFocused
    • isAccessibilityElement - Yes, if the element can respond to user input
    • To move screen reader focus to newly revealed content: UIAccessibilityLayoutChangedNotification
    • To NOT move focus, but announce new content: UIAccessibilityAnnouncementNotification
  • Android Options
    • android:focusable=true
    • android=clickable=true
    • Implement an onClick( ) event handler for keyboard, not onTouch( )
    • nextFocusDown
    • nextFocusUp
    • nextFocusRight
    • nextFocusLeft
    • accessibilityTraversalBefore (or after)
    • To move screen reader focus to newly revealed content: Type_View_Focused
    • To NOT move focus, but announce new content: accessibilityLiveRegion
    • To hide controls: Important_For _Accessibility_NO