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As a blind user of both Stackoverflow and Serverfault I was wondering if any thought has been given to making the sites more accessible? Most things work well enough such as asking and answering questions, but some things are not accessible such as up voting comments. It would also be nice if there were headings or another quick way to jump from answer to answer.

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Also see… for a similar question. – Aaron Sep 23 '10 at 19:11
My answer there also includes a bookmarklet that sort of fixes the problem, though it's a very bad way to fix it. The only way to really fix it is to have the SO folks update their code. – Aaron Sep 23 '10 at 19:12

It's extremely difficult for us to judge a site's accessibility. I'd say the thing to do is to outline the problems you've observed in good detail, and post each one as a separate question on SO.

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I'm making use of something better than a book: an actual person who knows the shortcomings of SO's accessibility. It's like the difference between using a browser compatibility chart and firing up Opera. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 14 '09 at 14:37
Of course, but there are still a set of principles that you can follow as a starting point. – John Topley Jul 14 '09 at 14:42

Good point. Too often we forget about the visually-impaired. I spent a couple months working on revamping a client's website after spending 10 or so minutes on the phone with a man who uses jaws to surf the web.

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I was just wondering about this as I was trying to manipulate parts of SO pages in conkeror and having some troubles due to the markup that is used in places, particularly in comments. I installed a screen reader, but must confess I don't know anything about them so I couldn't really judge how well it worked. The general idea of making things more usable in a screen reader seems fairly straight forward however. As John Topley pointed out, Dive into Accessibility is a pretty quick read that points out easy ways to improve in this area, such as adding summaries to tables.

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