According to Kevin Fox, part of the Gmail team at Google, accessibility issues were considered right from the beginning. In his blog in April 2004 he commented:
“Throughout development the Gmail team has followed the Model View Controller (MVC) principle of design. By the MVC principle, the current front-end DHTML presentation layer is abstracted from the back-end data model.
The simpler Gmail should bring another bonus. Those who wanted to write their own add-ons, like screen-scrapers, or CSS skins, should now have it much easier.
Note depending on your browser, you may still have problems. I couldn’t access Gmail with both NetFront Access, as well as the Opera mobile browser, on a Nokia 6600. Also note that while the new HTML is more accessible, it’s by no means standardized yet: Firefox switches to quirks mode, you will find table-layout, or deprecated inline formatting like “bold” or “font”. This would still make it harder on some browsers. However, these are smaller problems compared to the old ones, and the move to a plain-HTML versions shows Google went in the right direction.
In related news, Google is now also connected to Google’s image software Picasa. From the Gmail What’s New page:
“Use Picasa to easily find, edit and preview your photos. Log in to Gmail directly from Picasa and send the photos from your Gmail account. Picasa even automatically resizes your photos so they’re easier to receive and open.”
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