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April 29, 2009

Accessible Interface to YouTube

A recent message on the WebAIM mailing list talked about a more accessible interface for YouTube. This was created by a student investigating the impact of web 2.0 apps on people who are blind.

 

This isn't necessarily a finished product but does seem to work well. It is particularly nice if you are using a screen reader and browser that support ARIA live updating. This is a technology that allows web page changes to be announced automatically to the screen reading user.

 

The accessible interface to YouTube can be accessed at http://tube.majestyc.net/. As an example in this version, ARIA live updates are used to announce video states such as buffering, playing and paused.

 

This is a research project so the developer is looking for feedback. Consider dropping by the page and completing a short questionnaire.

 

Posted by Kelly at April 29, 2009 8:12 PM

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