Social Media Web App “Accessible Twitter” Enters Beta Status

Release Date:
2010-02-23 expands features and empowers disabled users to access Twitter, the popular social micro-blogging web service.

Accessible Twitter, a web application that empowers disabled users to access Twitter, has updated its status from Alpha to Beta.

Accessible Twitter is a web application that enables users with disabilities and limited technology to use the popular social micro-blogging web service Twitter.

Accessible Twitter beta will include new features like URL-shortening, trends, saved searches, popular links, and partial support for lists.

Disabled users typically have significant problems accessing many web sites and web services, including Twitter. Accessible Twitter ensures that all links are keyboard accessible, provides simple, consistent layout and navigation, and structures each page with helpful headings. Additional audio cues indicate
when Twitter’s 140-character limit is almost reached when writing a tweet. Accessible Twitter works with or without JavaScript and is compatible with all major Internet browsers. Accessible Twitter is used by those with and without disabilities.

Mr. Dennis E. Lembree, owner of the web development company and creator of Accessible Twitter, is dedicated to expanding the accessibility of the web.

“I really enjoy social web apps like Twitter, and unfortunately, the majority of web sites and web applications are still not fully accessible to everyone.

Overall, I think there’s a misconception that a ‘Web 2.0’ site can’t be cool or fun and be accessible at the same time; it’s actually quite possible.”
– Dennis Lembree of Web Overhauls

Accessible Twitter is already garnering international praise from across the web:

“Accessible Twitter offers an important alternative to web-based Twitter – it is accessible not just by people with various disabilities, but is more useful to everyone needing to access Twitter through keyboard-only. The presentation of tweets is clearer, not as cluttered. And links to all options are easy
to find.”
– Nicolas Steenhout of Accessibility NZ

“Accessible Twitter not only addresses the accessibility flaws of the original site, but also introduces usability features that make ‘tweeting’ easier
for all web-based users.”
– Matt Smith of Smiffytech

“Accessible Twitter is a thoroughly useful tool, well designed and perfectly suited for people who have vision loss. It is an indispensable part of my
every day, enabling me to connect with potential clients on the same playing field as my non-disabled counterparts.”
– Laura Legendary of Legendary Insights (a visually impaired daily user of Accessible Twitter)

Accessible Twitter has been mentioned in numerous articles and books including The Twitter Book by O’Reilly Media. Accessible Twitter was the recipient of 2009 Access IT web2.0 Award.

For more about Accessible Twitter, visit:  

Contact Info

Web Overhauls
18750 Newsom Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: 408-931-6866

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