Link, link, link – Is your site accessible?

I am blind, and use Job Access with Speech (JAWS) software which converts text into speech and braille enabling me to use a Windows computer or laptop, (http://www.freedomscientific.com/products/software/jaws/). One of the problems I face when navigating the web is the lack (on some sites) of clearly labelled sharing buttons. For example I have lost count of the number of occasions on which I have come across something along the following lines:
Link
Link
Link
Link
(with none of the links being labelled). In such a situation (assuming that I wish to share the content in question), I have no option other than to click on each (unlabelled) link/button until I locate Twitter, Facebook or whatever sharing option I wish to utilise.

When faced with the above situation, I sometimes give up and click away from the post (or other content) without sharing.

The vast majority of site owners (where unlabelled buttons exist) would, I am sure not wish to disadvantage people with visual impairments and are (in most cases) unaware that their site is not fully accessible.

With this post can I please request my fellow internet users/readers to check that the sharing buttons are labelled correctly so that a user of screen reading software such as myself can easily use Twitter, Facebook and other sharing facilities. There is much good will out there and (as previously stated) I know that the vast majority of site owners wish to make their site accessible to all users. So, if you could please take some time to check the accessibility of your site that would be greatly appreciated.

Kevin

9 thoughts on “Link, link, link – Is your site accessible?

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Hi Chris. No, I have never had a problem with the sharing options on your site and you always go out of your way to be helpful so far as accessibility is concerned. As I say in the post, the vast majority of site owners want to do the right thing, its just a case of education/people being mindful of accessibility needs. Best – Kevin

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      1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

        I would always contact people (privately) if I was experiencing difficulties, as I don’t believe in embarrassing anyone. Also its (generally) more productive to adopt the approach of softly, softly (otherwise one risks getting people’s backs up unnecessarily and losing good will). Plus most people mean well and are unaware that their site is not wholly accessible.

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Many thanks for your comments. I very much appreciate your helpful approach. Whenever I do find an issue with a site, I always contact the site owner privately to resolve matters. I’ve no reason to think there are any issues with your site, but thanks again for your kind response. Best – Kevin

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