[Athen] accessible chat utilities

Pratik Patel pratikp1 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 7 17:13:24 PDT 2010

The major screen readers have scripts or built-in accessibility for these IM
clients. AIM, MSN, and Yahoo messinger work with JAWS and Window-eyes. I
must say they work better with Window-Eyes. The JAWS implementation is
buggy at best. the IM clients are usable though. Support w/ other screen
readers is unpredictable. System access doesn't provide as much convenience
when using IM clients. I've not tested NVDA.



From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Teresa Haven
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 7:44 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] accessible chat utilities

Greetings, all. I'm seeking input on the accessibility of various chat
utilities -- Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger, etc. I'm specifically
examining the installable clients on Windows machines (XP and Win7
primarily), not the web versions of these programs, and would welcome input
on their use with screen readers, screen magnifiers, and speech recognition,
as well as any other AT you'd care to include. If anyone who uses AT has a
"favorite" chat program, I'd appreciate hearing that.

Thanks in advance,


Teresa LW Haven, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Alternate Format Program
Disability Resource Center
Arizona State University

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