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FACEBOOK USERS – HERE IS AN ISSUE TO BE AWARE OF…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

I received the following message this morning, from Victoria Zigler, who is a registered blind writer and uses Facebook.

Hi Chris,

I wondered if you could post the following to make people aware of the issue:

“I noticed recently that Facebook started having background options for posts.

When you create a post on Facebook, it has an option for you to pick a background colour.  When I say “create a post” I mean write a post directly on Facebook, on your timeline/wall or in that “What’s on your mind?” box.  You can pick it like you can pick your feeling or activity.

This was fine at first, because my screen readers – both JAWS (my computer one) and Voice Over (my iPhone one) were happy to just tell me the background existed and which style had been chosen, and then read the text to me. Voice Over especially was good about this, since it likes Facebook better than…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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