This week, several incoming emails to us have asked us to make our site more friendly for blind users (one of them referred to themself as “unsighted” instead of blind) who are using screen readers to use our site.
I noticed many of the large players (Google, AOL, Yahoo improve service for the blind) have begun making their sites more accessible… and this is no small task for richly-developed web 2.0 featuresets.
For now, it’s our intention to educate ourselves on how a screen-reader works and work on making our membership interface more blind-person friendly without sacrificing functionality or usability for everyone else. After we get that done, we’ll review the public site for subtle changes that can be made to make it easier for the “unsighted” to use EzineArticles.com.
If you’ve got experience with making a website more “blind-person using a screen reader or braille-interpreter machine” friendly, please comment on this blog post with tips or referrals to the best resources we should be reviewing to accomplish this. Thanks!