Twitter for the Blind

On the world wide web aesthetics still trump accessibility and usability most of the time but slowly, one project at a time, things are changing. One such project is Qwitter; a specialized Twitter client that integrates with a computer’s screen reader and allows a visually impaired user complete access to Twitter.

http://qwitter-client.net/

Qwitter is an open source program that is free to use, though it requires one of the following screen readers to function properly; Jaws, Window Eyes, or NVDA.

Update (July 19th, 2010): Q left the following helpful comment, “Just stopping by to note that Qwitter also works with sapi speech (installed on every Windows xp+ machine) for out-of-the-box accessibility. Version 4.1 (to be released) will also support Dolphin screen reader speech output, as well as expanding access to Google Voice and other popular services.”

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    Just stopping by to note that Qwitter also works with sapi speech (installed on every Windows xp+ machine) for out-of-the-box accessibility. Version 4.1 (to be released) will also support Dolphin screen reader speech output, as well as expanding access to Google Voice and other popular services.

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