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Re: Accessibility vs. Google and Microsoft Exchange

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From: Patrick Lauke
Date: Jul 14, 2008 9:40AM


> Kara Zirkle

> I am finding that the free email rush of Google and Microsoft
> Exchange is
> hitting the higher education environment quickly. Both emails provide
> productive functionality for a college student, I'm more
> concerned about the
> accessibility view of things.

Kara,

my pragmatic view on this would be: as long as you also provide POP3 (or even better IMAP) access to the email accounts, students may choose to use their own desktop-based email reader, which stands a chance of being more accessible (with regards to things like screen reader access, support for the OS' colour schemes - e.g. high-contrast themes - etc).

Note that this is not my department/remit, so I'm just speaking as myself...this may not be the official position of our university.

Patrick