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Re: Accessible professional video conferencing software, does it exist?


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Jun 22, 2007 3:20PM

Hang on - did you just suggest that Elluminate has a whiteboard that
works with Window-Eyes?

What is most important is to define what tasks you hope to be able to
accomplish. The tools in this area are not strong on accessibility as a
group, either because of shortcomings in the interface's accessibility,
or because of the complexity of the interface which makes it effectively
inaccessible. If the tool is just being used for voice over IP
communication, then tools like Connect, webEx, and Elluminate are
probably overkill. If the tool is being used for web based meetings,
you'll want to determine what you expect to be able to accomplish -
documents can be shared visually with these tools, but you won't have
access to the document unlesss they also email it to you, and if you're
looking to share a whiteboard...good luck...

If you have questions about Adobe Connect for online meetings, I'm happy
to discuss this with you.


> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of
> Owens, Parker
> Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 3:25 PM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessible professional video
> conferencing software,does it exist?
> I've been researching this over the last month. It seems the
> most accessible is elluminate, if you are also looking for
> whiteboard capabilities. I would love to know if anyone else
> has suggestions.
> Parker Owens
> Web Accessibility Office
> Eastern Kentucky University
> 254 Case Annex
> Richmond, KY 40475
> Phone: (859) 622-2743
> http://www.accessibility.eku.edu
> -----Original Message-----
> From: shawn klein [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 9:09 AM
> Subject: [WebAIM] Accessible professional video conferencing
> software,does it exist?
> Hi. A bit off topic perhaps, but I just got a job working
> online for a company in Brazil. They want to get me involved
> in some video conference calls. The great thing, for me, is
> that they don't have any software in mind, because this is a
> new thing for them. I, the blind guy, get to go look for
> something that works for me. The IT staff at the Multi
> Nationals we're working with won't allow Skype to be installed.
> I figure if
> there's a workable alternative that's a bit more business
> oriented and professional and secure, and also accessible to
> Window Eyes, someone here would know of it. Thanks for any response.
> Shawn Klein
> Lancaster, Kansas
> Skype:
> kb7clx1