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May 12, 2005
Helping the blind blog
Setting up a free blogging account at Google's Blogger is a snap--unless you're blind. A new report from the American Foundation for the Blind notes that blind would-be bloggers won't see a security check that asks them to type characters shown in a picture.
The report also ranks other blogs, including ours, for accessibility for the blind. (We don't fare badly.) The site has good tips for those who want to make sure their blogs are open to everyone.
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The AFB study assessed usability in a screen-reader/Braille-display combination. The issue of whether or not your site meets accessibility guidelines is another matter. You don't. You don't meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Level A in several significant ways and AA in a few others, principally invalid code.
I know you're all chuffed about blogs, but could you also become chuffed about Web standards, please, of which accessibility is a part?
Posted by: Joe Clark at May 12, 2005 06:02 PM
Joe, if you could sent along specific recommendations, or steer us somewhere we can find them, I'll forward the information to our tech team. Thanks, Steve
Posted by: steve baker at May 12, 2005 09:31 PM
Google "Web standards," read Zeldman, visit my site, hire developers competent for the 21st century.
Posted by: Joe Clark at May 13, 2005 12:53 PM
Steve, we posted some new accessibility tips that we thought bloggers would find useful. Check them out at http://www.afb.org/blogtips.asp. Thanks, Adrianna Montague-Gray
Posted by: Adrianna Montague-Gray at May 18, 2005 02:17 PM
A little backwards thinking can heolp the bling too. Feed2Podcast.com turns any blog into a podcast. Now blind people can just listen to blogs... :)
Posted by: robbie schmelzer at February 28, 2006 05:39 PM