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Re: Lotus Notes and Accessibility

From: Graham Oliver <graham_oliver@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 22:14:51 +0000 (GMT)
Message-ID: <20011106221451.90446.qmail@web10001.mail.yahoo.com>
To: Simon White <simon.white@jkd.co.uk>, "WAI List \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Simon
You ask a number of questions.....
I am not entirely clear if you are talking about using
the Lotus Notes Client or a Web Browser or possibly

Looking at both in turn

Lotus Notes Client.
When the US Government started buying Lotus Notes,
there was a bit of a furore because it wasn't (very)
accessible before version 5.
So, Lotus / IBM took on the task of making the Notes
Client accessible to among others keyboard users and
people with vision impairments (using screen readers,
needing large fonts etc.)
My understanding is that this was successful.

Web Client
Using a web client like Internet Explorer to access
Notes Databases that are served to the web is a
different matter entirely.
Alot of the 'out of the box' functionality is not very
accessible. For example, views (especially those with
twisties), tables and forms.
However, with some effort it is possible to customise
these design elements to produce reasonably accessible
This is one of the areas that our company (AccEase NZ
Ltd) specialises in.
We have done work for the WAI looking at the
accessibility of web content produced by Notes (this
partially completed document [1] may be useful).
I have also written an article for a specialist Notes
magazine on how to create accessible forms.
Unfortunately not available on line.

Graham Oliver


 --- Simon White <simon.white@jkd.co.uk> wrote: >
Hello to all.
> Does anyone know about the accessibility of Lotus
> Notes? I have found
> some information on the IBM website, but that is
> about all. Has anyone
> got any first-hand information on what it is like to
> use Lotus Notes
> with a screen reader (as an email programme and as a
> database)?
> Thanks, I would really appreciate some help on this
> one. To provide some
> background, the Lotus Notes database will be used to
> hold information
> that can then be delivered to a Web page, almost
> like a content
> management system. However, if it is not accessible,
> then what are the
> alternatives.
> Cheers one and all
> Sime
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