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Re: Gmail and accessibility


From: Travis Roth
Date: Sep 14, 2007 8:40PM

The Basic HTML view is usable with a screen reader. I've not evaluated it
against Section 508 or W3C specifically, that's why I just say usable.

The non-basic HTML view is not accessible with screen readers. There may be
enough keyboard shortcuts for keyboard-only users but I am not sure.

The one thing I noted in the artile referenced, is that it says "most
settings and features" are available. I wonder what is missing and if that
would bring up a question of equivalent access being complete?

Gmail / Google Apps' email can be accessed via POP clients as well which
also helps.

-----Original Message
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Cheryl D Wise
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 2:29 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Gmail and accessibility

I won't use gmail for a variety of reasons including privacy concerns. Also,
many offers for students are only available for those using .edu accounts.

Cheryl D Wise
MS MVP Expression
Foundation of Microsoft Expression Web

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Erichsen

My university is considering moving student email accounts to Gmail for
a variety of reasons. Before we do this, we want to make sure that it
meets accessibility requirements. Does anyone have any experiences or
knowledge to share about how Gmail rates in this area?

I found some resources online at
http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=64950 but I'm
wondering if there are more independent and current reviews out there.