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By: Anonymous

10032 Many screen reader users are already familiar with the accessibility issues on Facebook. Now that Google has launched a new social network, will it gain an advantage over Facebook in terms of accessibility?

Not really. As Justin Romack, a blind musician and marketing consultant, found when he tested the Google+ interface with Voiceover screen reader for Mac OSX.

Google+ suffers from accessibility shortcomings similar to Facebook. Images are either not labeled or are labeled with uninformative text such as "Photo" or the users numeric ID.

And some form fields do not work correctly with screen readers. For example, the "Leave a Comment" field gives no feedback while typing.

Read more of Romack's assessment of Google+ at http://noeyesneeded.com/2011/06/accessibility-of-google-will-blind-users-be-1ing/.

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