[Athen] Box.com accessibility

Thompson, Rachel rsthompson2 at ua.edu
Fri Jan 16 07:19:58 PST 2015

HI, Heidi!

I am part of a Box Accessibility User Group. They launched a.box.com late last year and the vendor said the following about it:

"The roll-out of the new m.box.com<http://m.box.com/><http://m.box.com<http://m.box.com/>> is continuing this week. A.box.com<http://a.box.com/><http://A.box.com<http://a.box.com/>> will be the final stage of the roll-out and we hope to have it live for all users in the coming weeks. [It is now live –rst]. Thanks for all the feedback and testing you’ve done on the beta! Here's a list of recent enhancements and fixes you should be already be seeing:

* The User Settings menu is now accessible in a.box
* A.box reflects localization settings
* A.box now has the "Create Box Note" functionality
* Users can now remove themselves from a folder
* Misc. IE 8 issues have been addressed
Again, your input has been crucial in helping us improve Box’s accessibility for all users…
Please send any feedback accessibility-team at box.com<mailto:accessibility-team at box.com>.”

One of my student workers is fully blind and uses Voiceover as his primary screenreader. He found the a.box.com interface a huge improvement over their main one. We did not test Sync installation. Several members of the Box a11y group have requested documentation (including VPATs for the Box tools) but those haven’t been received. I’ll revisit this with the vendor and share my response.


Dr. Rachel S. Thompson
Director, Emerging Technology and Accessibility
Center for Instructional Technology
University of Alabama

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Subject: [Athen] Box.com accessibility

Happy semester to everyone!

I recently was contacted by our IT department about Box.com. Has anyone tested accessibility with the web interface and the desktop sync? If so, I'm wondering what you may have discovered. Also, is the installation of the Box Sync accessible?

Many thanks for any and all assistance!


Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
Associate Director
Center for Educational Access
University of Arkansas
ARKU 104
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479.575.7445 fax
479.575.3646 tdd

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