SharePoint usability has largely been overlooked by all concerned. True, Microsoft went further than they had to when compared to the usability effort expended by most other software developers, with their more accessible mode.
However, if you jump down into the trenches with actual SharePoint users who are blind, you will find as did the American Foundation for the Blind, it remains difficult to use.Imagine you are employed as a member of the legal department within a large organization, and you happen to be blind. The organization has a Legal Department SharePoint team site where announcements, documents and events are posted for all in the department to see, edit, respond to and post. Sounds good so far.
The only problem is that it is very difficult to access, edit or contribute to the calendar view because it is not blind-user friendly. So, you miss out on meetings, replying to general postings and the ability to post your own important happenings. The bigger the department and organization the more likely you are going to miss out and the more likely you are overlooked for promotions, appointments to committees etc. not because you don’t care, it’s simply because the software is difficult to use.Now before everyone grabs pitchforks and lights troches in a big mob in the town square, readying for an assault on Redmond, know that a solution exists today that alleviates the difficulty associated with users who are blind, completing necessary daily collaborative tasks in their SharePoint environment.
The solution is a new, usability-focused architecture that is intuitive, light weight and easily installed on the SharePoint server. Discover Technologies developed the solution and is actively marketing it to all SharePoint organizations.Thanks to this new usability software, team members who are blind, working in SharePoint environments, now have access to a solution that provides SharePoint usability similar to that enjoyed by their sighted coworkers.