Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Buzzi M. C., Buzzi M., Leporini B. Web 2.0: Twitter and the blind. In: CHItaly2011 - 9th ACM SIGCHI Italian Chapter International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Facing Complexity (Alghero, Italy, 13-16 September 2011). Proceedings, pp. 151 - 156. ACM, 2011.
The latest Internet phenomenon is Twitter, a micro-blogging platform that in just a few years has attracted millions of users. With short messages (tweets), following and followers, Twitter is reshaping ways of interacting online. Thus, its accessibility is very important for social interaction as well as for work. In this paper we discuss the accessibility of Twitter for blind users interacting via screen reader and voice synthesizer. First, basic functions such as registration, login, posting and reading tweets have been analyzed highlighting accessibility issues, then a discussion is based on the analyzed case study, offering suggestions for designers.
URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2037333&bnc=1
DOI: 10.1145/2037296.2037333
Subject Design
Human Factors
Web 2.0
Social network
Blind screen
H.5.2 User Interfaces

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