[Athen] accessibility of Silverlight Microsoft plugin

Puzzuoli, Al alpuzz at msu.edu
Wed Sep 7 09:59:42 PDT 2016

Hello Adina,
I do believe that in theory, you are correct in that it depends on how the developers coded the app; However, I will say that as an end user of screen readers myself, my gut reaction to any mention of systems relying heavily on Flash or Silverlight is to immediately cringe. Examples that truly work well with screen readers are few and far between. Another issue to consider is cross platform accessibility. I believe Silverlight is completely inaccessible on the Mac, and I'm not even sure if it exists for iOS or Android.

Al Puzzuoli
Information Technologist
Michigan State University,
Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, 120 Bessey Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1033
From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Adina Mulliken
Sent: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:44 PM
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Subject: [Athen] accessibility of Silverlight Microsoft plugin

Hi all,
There is a database our library is considering that uses a Microsoft Plugin called Silverlight. Someone asked me to check if there are accessibility issues with it. Based on a very quick search, I guess it depends on how the developer did it. Would anyone have any general advice? Thanks

Adina Mulliken
Assistant Professor, Librarian
Social Work and Public Health Library
Hunter College, CUNY
Phone: 212-396-7665

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