[Athen] web-based mail option that's accessible?

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Thu Jan 7 05:47:26 PST 2016


I use the web interface of gmail and it isn’t too bad if you set it to use basic HTML. The link or button for this is at the very top of the page when you first load gmail. My understanding is this link is not visible to the sighted, only to a screen reader.

Of course, setting up a gmail account is a problem without sight too. <grin>

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
rbeach at kckcc.edu

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Dan Comden
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 7:02 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] web-based mail option that's accessible?

I just spent a mostly-fruitless two hours with a visually impaired student trying to get him into the web client for his hotmail.com<http://hotmail.com> address. Typically he reads his mail on his iPhone, but that's not an option for working with the class handouts he's been receiving from instructors.

It is a truly awful interface, one of the worst I've seen in a while. Microsoft has not only dropped the ball, they have stomped it flat and kicked it into the sewer.

Combined with the fact the student is just learning Windows and JAWS, he is very much stuck.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a decent web-based email solution?

Yes, I'm working with the department to get this content posted accessibly on an LMS or web page, but it would be nice to have a more rapid solution.

-*- Dan Comden danc at uw.edu<mailto:danc at washington.edu>
Access Technology Center www.uw.edu/itconnect/accessibility/atl/<http://www.uw.edu/itconnect/accessibility/atl/>
University of Washington UW Information Technology

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