[Athen] looking for info on social networks and accessibility

E.A. Draffan ea at emptech.info
Fri May 29 13:08:31 PDT 2009

I often use the Accessible Twitter version http://accessibletwitter.com/ and
tweetdeck (http://tweetdeck.com/beta/ ) rather than the original version of
Twitter and we have looked at lots of Web 2.0 sites for their accessibility
on www.Web2Access.org.uk

But I would not be brave enough to do a Webinar on the subject - I would
however want to listen to the brave soul who offers, as there is so much to
learn about these services. They may be relatively accessible on their front
web pages but we often found they failed dismally when you wanted to create
or post something or even just make comments etc. Some of the instructions
require careful reading even if English is your first language!

Best wishes E.A.

Mrs E.A. Draffan
Learning Societies Lab,
ECS, University of Southampton,
Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Mary Stores
Sent: 29 May 2009 16:14
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: Re: [Athen] looking for info on social networks and accessibility

I've had great luck with the mobile version of facebook. Granted, you
can't throw a shoe at someone or give people flowers. But you can check
e-mail, post and read statuses, read your notifications, write on
peoples' wallls, read notes people post, check out youtube videos
people post, read messages posted to groups, and maybe a few more
things. I find the normal facebook site very busy.

I can't answer to the rest of the social networking sites.


Quoting Prof Norm Coombs <norm.coombs at gmail.com>:

> Hi Athen folk


> I am guessing that this list is probably the best place to look for

> people who know what I'd like to know.


> I frankly have little interest in social networks for myself, but

> they have become so popular as to be worth my learning about them.

> Also I think they could make a good topic for EASI Webinars. So,

> what I am really looking for is someone to help EASI put on a live

> Webinar discussing them and their accessibility problems or solutions.


> I am thinking of face book, twitter and my space. . . .


> How accessible is each for:

> 1 a screen reader user

> 2 a screen magnification user

> 3 people with various cognitive and learning disabilities?


> I assume they work ok for people who are deaf.


> If anyone is willing to help with a Webinar or knows someone else to

> recommend, please email me directly at

> Norm norm.coombs at gmail.com




> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


> Norman Coombs norm.coombs at gmail.com

> CEO EASI Equal Access to Software and Information

> phone (949) 855-4852 (NOTE pacific time zone)


> http://easi.cc/scholarship.htm



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