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Old 25 Jul 2008, 19:10
Gene Steinberg Gene Steinberg is offline
 
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vBulletin Accessibility

Someone posted a message that included the following:

I'm running a vBulletin-based forum that will be accessed by many people using screen readers and I need to make the site as accessible as possible.

Are there any plug-ins to help with this?

I'm not very technically-minded with regards to manual changes to vBulletin's inner-workings, but I can follow step-by-step directions.
Unfortunately, the person apparently wasn't able to demonstrate that the forum had a real license.

Well, I have two legitimate vBulletin licenses, with a third to be acquired shortly. I also have members who are visually handicapped and would like to be able to access our content more easily.

So is there a solution -- anywhere?

I did a search of vBulletin's forum and this one, and so far nothing conclusive comes up.

Anyone?

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Gene
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Old 26 Jul 2008, 07:16
Marco van Herwaarden Marco van Herwaarden is offline
 
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Screen readers should be able to work with the default vBulletin style.
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Old 26 Jul 2008, 11:28
Gene Steinberg Gene Steinberg is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Marco van Herwaarden View Post
Screen readers should be able to work with the default vBulletin style.
I realize. I do use the default style -- well mostly. The changes are cosmetic and not extensive, mostly involving background color and a few functionality additions via mods; the core organization of threads and posts is largely unchanged. But one of our members had some difficulty modifying her profile, and I wondered if there was more we can do. It's hard for me to put myself in her position, but I want to be able to accommodate as many as possible in our two vBulletin communities.

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Old 26 Jul 2008, 11:55
Marco van Herwaarden Marco van Herwaarden is offline
 
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I would suggest that you create a support ticket regarding this if this is with the default style. Our developers try to make the forums as accessible as possible, and input from users that are visually impaired and/or use a screenreader is of great value to them.
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Old 26 Jul 2008, 15:35
Gene Steinberg Gene Steinberg is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Marco van Herwaarden View Post
I would suggest that you create a support ticket regarding this if this is with the default style. Our developers try to make the forums as accessible as possible, and input from users that are visually impaired and/or use a screenreader is of great value to them.
Let me question the person originally involved to get more specifics, and I'll have to get back to you folks on this, OK?

But thanks for the suggestion.

Right now, it's hard for me to fully understand the things they're confronting, obviously.

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Gene
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Old 27 Jul 2008, 08:42
Marco van Herwaarden Marco van Herwaarden is offline
 
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It is as hard for our developers. That is why they welcome all first hand experiences of those who are confronted with limitations each day. Their input is used to create a better interface also for those who need a screenreader etc..
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Old 27 Jul 2008, 19:03
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Originally Posted by Marco van Herwaarden View Post
It is as hard for our developers. That is why they welcome all first hand experiences of those who are confronted with limitations each day. Their input is used to create a better interface also for those who need a screenreader etc..
I'm developing that sort of thing and will post more information here when I have it.

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