Social Media Vs Accessibility

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Presentation by Jack Pickard, Web Developer, at PSFBuzz North East, 7 July 2009

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Social Media Vs Accessibility

  1. 1. Social Media vs. Accessibility PSF Buzz Jack Pickard 07 July 2009
  2. 2. Social Media vs. Accessibility Welcome To St James’ Park • Yes, our new away kit is horrible • Yes, we got relegated • Yes, we are a bit of a laughing stock at the moment • Yes, I know our new away kit is really, really horrible • Yes, this isn’t St James’ Park,
  3. 3. Social Media vs. Accessibility Accessibility • Legal – DDA • Moral – Responsibility to citizens • Financial – the disabled dollar
  4. 4. Social Media vs. Accessibility Accessibility • Specific Public Sector Requirements • DED (Disability Equality Duty) • EU Riga Declaration • Cabinet Office Requirements
  5. 5. Social Media vs. Accessibility The Social Media ‘Push’ • Push towards digital engagement • They won’t come to you • ‘I’m Not Listening’ • Like it or not, it’s happening
  6. 6. Social Media vs. Accessibility But Is It Accessible? • No
  7. 7. Social Media vs. Accessibility But Is It Accessible? • Well, not really • What are the problems? • CAPTCHA • AJAX • User Generated Content
  8. 8. Social Media vs. Accessibility But Is It Accessible? • Not yet, but it is improving • Facebook to Make Site More Accessible to Blind http://508portal.com/?q=node/598
  9. 9. Social Media vs. Accessibility Facebook CAPTCHA
  10. 10. Social Media vs. Accessibility Twitter CAPTCHA
  11. 11. Social Media vs. Accessibility YouTube CAPTCHA
  12. 12. Social Media vs. Accessibility Facebook vs Keyboard
  13. 13. Social Media vs. Accessibility Twitter vs Keyboard
  14. 14. Social Media vs. Accessibility What Can You Do? • Which parts can you make accessible? • What parts are your responsibility? • What can you do? • Ensure that information is available elsewhere in a more accessible format • Help people make the best of their experience • If people can’t use that service, they won’t come to that service to find you
  15. 15. Social Media vs. Accessibility Facebook Accessibility • How do I register with Facebook using a screen reader? • Do you provide a HTML only version of the site? • How can I report a problem with the assistive technology (i.e. screen reader) I'm using? • How do I access the Gift Shop using a screen reader? • How do I increase/decrease the font/text sizes on Facebook? • How do I use Facebook Chat with a screen reader?
  16. 16. Social Media vs. Accessibility Accessible Twitter
  17. 17. Social Media vs. Accessibility Accessible Twitter • @AccessibleTwitr designed by @dennisl of the @webaxe podcast • Features: • All links are keyboard accessible • Simple, consistent layout and navigation • Headings and page titles are implemented for optimal accessibility • Works great with or without JavaScript
  18. 18. Social Media vs. Accessibility Accessible Twitter • More Features: • Ajax actions are concluded with an alert • Large default text size and high color contrast • When entering tweets, audio cues indicate when the character limit is almost reached • Forms and data tables are marked up for optimal accessibility • Code is semantic, light, and adheres to best practices in Web Standards. • If a tweet is in response to another (and marked as such in the data), a clearer link is provided to the that tweet • Tested on all major browsers: IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome
  19. 19. Social Media vs. Accessibility You Tube • Bob’s House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= • If a video has no sound • Caption • Transcript/Description
  20. 20. Social Media vs. Accessibility You Tube • Captioning: • When uploading a video to YouTube now you also have the option to upload a closed caption file for the video • Easy You Tube Caption Creator http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tp6hgAE • http://accessify.com/tools-and-wizards/access
  21. 21. Social Media vs. Accessibility The fault is …default • Social media/networking applications by default aren’t very accessible
  22. 22. Social Media vs. Accessibility The Verdict • No Excuses • Accessibility is not a reason not to use social media • It’s a reason to understand and use social media properly and provide support
  23. 23. Social Media vs. Accessibility Testing • Test your sites • Test your usage of social media • Disability Equality Duty
  24. 24. Social Media vs. Accessibility You’ll Fail • You’ll fail • You’ll make mistakes • But by ignoring the whole thing, you’ll make more mistakes • Experiment, monitor, set policy • Won’t reach everyone • Over 1000 over 60s renewed their travel passes online (Nexus) • Just Do It
  25. 25. Social Media vs. Accessibility Resources • WebAIM • Accessify • AccessifyForum • WAI • WebCredible
  26. 26. Social Media vs. Accessibility …and then I walked on down the hall…

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