[Mediawiki-i18n] [Wikitech-l] [Design] Making inter-language links shorter

Sumana Harihareswara sumanah at wikimedia.org
Wed Apr 24 20:04:47 UTC 2013

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Accessibility has a list of "People and
organizations working on MediaWiki accessibility" including Sami
Mubarak, who works on the accessibility of MediaWiki for the blind (in
Arabic).  I've cc'd Sami.

Hope this helps!

Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

On 04/24/2013 03:17 PM, Brion Vibber wrote:
> Please note that "screen readers" and "readers without JavaScript" aren't
> in any way the same thing -- modern screen readers hook into "real
> browsers" like IE, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox and JavaScript runs just
> great in them.
> Serious accessibility concerns should really be referred to someone who's
> an expert... do we have anybody on staff or volunteer who has real, direct,
> current experience with vision-impaired users and their needs?
> -- brion
> On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM, Pau Giner <pginer at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>> Also, did you think of the accessibility issues in your solution?
>> First, I want to clarify that the prototype was made just to communicate
>> the idea in terms of interaction. The The implementation is just a quick
>> hack to simulate this interaction.
>> For a production implementation I can image the whole list of languages to
>> be sent to the client, and then, the list being shortened by Javascript.
>> For those users without Javascript (from screen-readers, to Search engine
>> crawlers) the same list of links they receive now will be available for
>> them.
>> In any case, developers could provide even better strategies to solve that.
>> As an interaction designer I just wanted to share the idea to collect
>> possible concerns with the interaction proposed, to be fixed in next
>> iterations of the designs before development effort is made.
>> On Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 2:04 AM, Mathieu Stumpf <
>> psychoslave at culture-libre.org> wrote:
>>> Also, did you think of the accessibility issues in your solution? Here I
>>> especialy think of people with view disabilities, for who js often mean
>>> no way to get the content, while a long list of hyperlinks is
>>> manageable.
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