September 19, 2014

Accessibility: The NY Times Releases Screen Reader Friendly Version of Site (Prototype)

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From the Beta620 Blog:

We already provide (via the National Federation for the Blind) “newspaper by phone,” a text-to-speech reader that is accessed nearly 30,000 times a month. How many people might we be able to reach if our Web site was truly accessible? With nytimes.com/accessible, we’re hoping to find out.

/accessible reorganizes the structure of NYTimes.com pages to provide a more friendly screen reader experience and to meet the standards provided by the W3C in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Content that is specific to a page, like a headline, is read first; content that is generally available on every page of the site, like navigation, is read last. Accesskey commands are available so that users can navigate the entire site by keyboard. We’ve also enlarged every element on the page to assist readers who have difficulty with small text and images.

The blog post continues and points out that /accessible is a prototype and their plenty of room for improvement. They welcome comments and suggestions.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.