[access-uk] Re: facebook.com - an amazing, yet partially inaccessible, tool for blind people

Nar! Personally, we'd be better off being included in all spheres of society, and not allowing organisations to use the verification system to inadvertently exclude a proportion of society that can not use an inaccessible authentication system.


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----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher Hallsworth" <chrishallsworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:08 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: facebook.com - an amazing, yet partially inaccessible, tool for blind people


I personally think we're better with an alternative yet very accessible
service, Zone BBS. There are no graphical verification thingies, you can
do everything that it has to offer without sighted assistance, and,
well, it's just another choice for those like you and me who can't
socialize very well. You can sign up at http://www.zonebbs.com. Hope
that helps.
On Sun, 10 Jun 2007 15:49:39 +0100, "Damon" <damon.rose@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
said:
HI all.

Are there any Facebook members among you?

It's a really amazing social networking site. I got myself on it last
week - but had to ask someone to help me with the verification graphic in
order that I can setup an account.

Now that I'm in, it's quite good. It only currently gives limited
accessibility for visually impaired people though.

Various important things you can do, such as Add Friends, send email,
have conversations on the groups you choose to be part of, are all
inacccessible now because they have recently added verification graphics
for these things too.

Interestingly, if you are in the US or Canada you can get rid of the
verification graphics by giving it your mobile phone number to verify you
are a real human being and not just a spammer. But it doesn't work with
UK phones yet. I am thinking of calling up a mate in the US and asking if
she'll allow me to use her mobile number - though not entirely sure this
waves all verification graphics away. If anyone has any insight into this
I'd appreciate hearing from you.

In the meantime, you can add to your list of friends by sitting back and
waiting for them to add you. And you can post on peoples' walls. The key
to social networking is to build those networks as they are important
from friendships, business and finding like-minded people. Oh and you can
also, of course, look for partners if that's your thing. But it's a way
of opening up networks, letting your friends see your mates friends and
business acquaintances.

You can also create and join networks. So, using a valid email address at
the company I work for, I'm now a member of their Network. I also belong
to the London network. All these things are accessible.

I think this tool could be amazingly useful to blind people, especially
as we find it so hard to network when at big conferences and at parties.

I believe visually impaired people are lobbying Facebook to have an audio
alternative to the captcha graphic put in place. I'm going to get more
details about this.

I urge you to check it out.

www.facebook.com

The other thing to mention is that, interestingly, everyone in my office
has become a member of Facebook and are networking like mad. So, the fact
that I can't leaves me at a disadvantage. There is currently only semi
access for me but I have chosen to jump on board because it's better to
be partially in than out in my circumstances.

Get an account. Get looking round. It's a fascinating site. The longer
you're on it, the more friends you collect, the more you get it.

...Damon





















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