Round Table conference on Twitter

Just a quick note to let you know that we’ve started a Twitter account, as another way of sharing information about the upcoming conference. If you’re on Twitter too, you can follow us @actlocally2010.

If you’re not familiar with Twitter, it’s a “microblogging” site where you post very short updates about what you’re doing, and follow the updates of other people and organisations you’re interested in. You can send and receive updates through the main Twitter site, from your mobile phone or from a separate Twitter client program, which is a bit like instant messaging software.

The website is very basic, but it’s surprisingly inaccessible to some users of screen readers and other adaptive technology because certain features require the use of a mouse.

There have been calls for Twitter to improve the accessibility of the site, but they haven’t done so yet. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in using Twitter with a screen reader and have difficulty with the main site, these links might be useful:

  • Accessible Twitter is an alternative accessible interface to Twitter, not developed by Twitter itself. So you use your regular Twitter login and password, and Accessible Twitter pulls all the relevant information off Twitter and into a more accessible interface.
  • Jawter is a set of JAWS scripts that turns JAWS into a Twitter client, with no software in between.
  • Twitter Focus is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox that makes the main Twitter website work better with screen readers, by allowing you to focus on different parts of the page using a keyboard.

Do you have other tips or tools for using Twitter with adaptive technology? Feel free to share them in the comments section.

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