[nabs-l] Accessibility and Usability of the Main Facebook Site

Jedi loneblindjedi at samobile.net
Thu Aug 12 21:46:37 UTC 2010


I use System Access, but I hear this issue happens with other screen 
readers, too. When I log into the main site and try to use it, I notice 
that my screen reader lags. So, for example, I may be trying to do 
something and get a delayed response or no response from the screen 
reader. The folks at SEROTEK tell me that it's an issue with the type 
of content on the Facebook site (i.e. the code it's written with). I 
hear NVDA doesn't have this problem, but I don't really like NVDA with 
the web as I find the system a little clumsy and ungainly to work with. 
For that reason, I generally use the Facebook app that comes with my 
SAMNET subscription or the mobile site.


Original message:
> Hi,

> I have been using Facebook through the mobile interface:
> http://m.facebook.com
> about 95% of the time, but, I am finding certain functions cannot be
> done in that stripped down interface.

> I'm just wondering what experiences people have had with the main site?

> As an example, I'd like to be able to update my status, and in the
> same status message, include an external link and other peoples
> Facebook profile.

> There is now a feature, similar in concept to Twitter at replies,
> where you can essentially refer to another persons Facebook profile in
> your own status update or post.

> So Jaws might read something like:
> "I'm going to the
> link Boston Common
> with
> link Jane Smith"

> I'm just wondering if anyone has gotten this to work.  On the pc right
> here I have Firefox and IE6, but maybe it works better with IE8?  Also
> latest Jas version, and access to a Mac.

> There are also serious accessibility flaws with the Facebook iPhone
> app that have been confirmed by others.  Although, certain things do
> work such as the chat to some extent.

> The lack of Facebook accessibility should become a higher priority,
> but I just want to get some other experiences before further bringing
> this up with in our leadership.

> Best,
> Mika Pyyhkala
> MA state President & national board member
> http://twitter.com/pyyhkala

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