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Re: accessible chat clients


From: C.Colwell
Date: Mar 22, 2010 6:24AM

Hi Dallas,
A good starting point may be the list of features built into A-Chat by the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre of University of Toronto. See http://www.atutor.ca/achat/.


Dr Chetz Colwell
Learning & Teaching Development Team
Institute of Educational Technology
The Open University
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Milton Keynes
01908 655772

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From: Despain, Dallas [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: 18 March 2010 22:21
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] accessible chat clients

Thank you very much Mike. Do you know of any resources out there that talk about what's desirable in an accessible chat client and techniques for making chat accessible?

-----Original Message-----
From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Moore,Michael (DARS)
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 3:21 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] accessible chat clients

We tested AIM last fall and found it to work well with screen readers and magnifiers. We did not do full compliance testing and concentrated on the most common functionality that our users would need to send and receive messages.

Mike Moore

-----Original Message-----
From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Despain, Dallas
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 3:57 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] accessible chat clients

Does anyone have any updated resources on accessible chat clients be they Web, desktop or mobile? I found http://www.webaim.org/articles/archives/chats/ which is apparently slightly out of date.

It doesn't seem like any of the big chat clients such as Yahoo messenger, live person etc are doing much with it.

The best client I've used so far i is the desktop version of MSN messenger which notifies the screen reader with a typing sound when a person starts typing and notifies the person when a message comes in.

I'm mostly interested in web because we want to do in accessible chat client both for Web and mobile web.