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

Anjelina anjelinac26 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 12 22:11:48 UTC 2010

Hi Mika:
I have had more success with the mobile site also, and was wondering how to 
link friends names and places in status updates using JAWS. I used to rely 
on the text message option but now when replying to a text a message is sent 
to the users inbox rather than commenting on the status.
I've found the iPhone facebook app crashes a lot so I primarily use 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mika Pyyhkala" <pyyhkala at gmail.com>
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Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2010 4:41 PM
Subject: [nabs-l] Accessibility and Usability of the Main Facebook Site

> 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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