I am a fully blind computer science student specializing in web development. I first got in contact with the ElectronShell through the Atom editor …which seemed to be completely inaccessible to screenreader users.
Skip ahead a few months to the release of Visual Studio Code. This seemed like a good idea, a lightweight editor with loads of languages supported. I downloaded it …only to find it was completely screenreader inaccessible.
Skip ahead again to a month or so back when I got Kitematic on my screen …which was completely screenreader inaccessible as well.
I did some digging and found the Electron Shell is the common core of all these applications. I have two questions:
- Is this purely coincidental? Somehow, I doubt it.
- If the previous question can be answered with a ‘no’, what can we do to fix this glaring issue that excludes literally thousands of users from using these applications?
I’d like to start a dialogue here in finding the problem and discussing possible solutions to what could be a crippling accessibility issue that, in my opinion, shouldn’t even exist anymore in 2015.
Really looking forward to replies on this.