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

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

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    Social Media Vs Accessibility Social Media Vs Accessibility Presentation Transcript

    • Social Media vs. Accessibility PSF Buzz Jack Pickard 07 July 2009
    • 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,
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Accessibility • Legal – DDA • Moral – Responsibility to citizens • Financial – the disabled dollar
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Accessibility • Specific Public Sector Requirements • DED (Disability Equality Duty) • EU Riga Declaration • Cabinet Office Requirements
    • 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
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility But Is It Accessible? • No
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility But Is It Accessible? • Well, not really • What are the problems? • CAPTCHA • AJAX • User Generated Content
    • 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
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Facebook CAPTCHA
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Twitter CAPTCHA
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility YouTube CAPTCHA
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Facebook vs Keyboard
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Twitter vs Keyboard
    • 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
    • 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?
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Accessible Twitter
    • 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
    • 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
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility You Tube • Bob’s House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= • If a video has no sound • Caption • Transcript/Description
    • 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
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility The fault is …default • Social media/networking applications by default aren’t very accessible
    • 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
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Testing • Test your sites • Test your usage of social media • Disability Equality Duty
    • 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
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility Resources • WebAIM • Accessify • AccessifyForum • WAI • WebCredible
    • Social Media vs. Accessibility …and then I walked on down the hall…