How accessible is your online newspaper?
There's an interesting range of articles happening on the journalism.co.uk website from today, looking at how accessible the leading UK newspaper websites are. With more and more media going online, this area is increasingly important for disabled people wanting to keep abreast of news and current affairs.
As journalism.co.uk points out, a report on website accessibility published in September by AbilityNet claimed that the UK's ten most widely read newspaper websites are "effectively barring millions of disabled people from obtaining up-to-date information" by failing to meet minimum standards.
So over the next week, journalism.co.uk is going to conduct its own assessment by asking blind and visually impaired people to give their views on the ease of use and accessibility of several leading UK newspaper sites. They'll be testing out The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, The Sun, The Mirror, The Daily Express and The Daily Mail. They're outlining today the exact tests they asked the volunteers to perform on each website, and the results will be published over the next few days. Worth keep track of the articles.
So what do you think of the newspaper websites? Do they get the thumbs-up or thumbs-down from you?