Is Dolphin accessible for disabled? What is your opinion?

hd4real posted 21st of July 2010 in Community Voice. 6 comments.

Social networking sites MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and Bebo exclude disabled users, according to AbilityNet, a charity bringing the benefits of computer technology to people with disabilities.

In its State of the eNation report, it accuses those sites of "locking out" disabled visitors - for instance, by using Captcha visual verification code images to log in. Many users with disabilities are unable to use Captcha because of compatibility issues with, for instance, screen reading software used by blind visitors.

"With a disabled population of some 10 million potential users, these sites are inadvertently imposing a 'technological lock-out' on those who have most to gain from social networking - arguably, the most socially excluded members of the community," says Kath Moonan, AbilityNet's senior accessibility and usability consultant, and author of the survey.

AbilityNet argues that, under the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act, website providers have to make "reasonable adjustment" for people with special needs.

According to a spokesperson for Google, which runs YouTube, the firm has "led the way in making web search more friendly to visually impaired users, and has developed ways to make tools like Google Book Search and Googlemail more accessible". But the spokesperson admits that "there's much more to do".

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/jan/23/disability.socialnetworking

My conclusion:

Being disabled myself, I have to say Dolphin is not 100% accessible/friendly for disabled people. I can use Dolphin so i'm lucky I guess. The captcha is the first thing that needs a change for Dolphin. It needs an audio version of the captcha code.

@ Boonex: I hope you guys do not lock out disabled people so think about making your scripts accessible to them. Checkout http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/web They can test your script to see if it passes for disabled.
 
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Nathan Paton
I'd prefer that BoonEx replace their internal captcha system with ReCaptcha.
hd4real
Yes, I agree. ReCaptcha would be a lot better and more accessible
DeeEmm
Dolphin is most definitely NOT accessible.

As I have already reported elsewhere - Dolphin fails W3C guidelines abysmally, and part of these failures relate to accessibility.

There are no accessibility keys, no means by which to skip navigation, the way in which some page elements are simply hidden also displays in page readers as irrelevant and unrelated content, not to mention the bundles of inline javascript that will display as gobbledegook.

Of course Dolphin is not alone in this respect, see more and Boonex not necessarily 'at fault' as the issue is simply one of education.

I'm happy to bark on about W3C guidelines whenever given the chance, and hope that in doing so others will take a look into what W3C is about and consider it in their work.

http://www.w3.org/ - Web standards
http://www.w3.org/WAI/ - Web accessibility initiative

/DM

PS. I too use recaptcha on may of my projects, it is a worthy cause.
hd4real
Yeah, I know Boonex is not the only one. Just wanted them to be aware.
Andrew Boon
ReCaptcha is already being integrated. We're also working on better compatibility with W3C standards.
DeeEmm
Good show Andrew. :)

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