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Bloglines freedbacking

As most of you know know, I have been a proud and happy user of BLOGLINES, which is an online feed reader. It has been a great way for me to keep track of blogs, newspapers and anything else that offers feeds. I keep track of over 300 sites this way.

Last week, they implemented a feature called squeezer in their mobile version of the site. This is supposed to compress the pages you visit outside of the Bloglines pages so that they work on mobile phones. This is problematic for me, because I use the mobile edition since it's easier for me, personally, to navigate. Less graphics and no frames. But there's not a way to completely turn off the squeezer function. So, if you don't want that filter, you're out of luck.

Now, though, things have gotten worse. If you use the full version of the site, it is almost completely unusable. The links seem to be dependent on a mouse click, which I can't do. BLOGLINES has just excluded anyone who uses a screen reader from using their full version, and, though I can technically use the mobile version, I can't see the real URL of the page, which makes it impossible to bookmark or blog. I'd encourage anyone who uses Bloglines, sighted or blind, to write to them about this problem. Even better, blog about it. Use the words Bloglines and freedbacking in the post.
I'll try to find out why this issue is happening, so that helpful feedback can be given, but the best feedback comes in the form of assertively making the companies aware of the issues. They can't fix it if we don't say anything.

Note: Freedbacking is a term invented by Chris Pirillo to make it easier for companies to search for blogs writing about products and services.
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ext_9734
Sep. 30th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
Disabling Skweezer
Hello,

I'm a software Engineer at Bloglines. First, just wanted to say thanks for taking the time write up your feedback. We really appreciate it.

It is possible to disable Skweezer integration within Bloglines:
http://www.bloglines.com/profile?mode=3 (http://www.bloglines.com/profile?mode=3)

Down at the bottom, There is a "Disable Skweezer" checkbox, and this should disable skweezer on the mobile site, as long as you are logged in.

Thanks,

Paul Querna
Bloglines Engineer
puppybraille
Oct. 1st, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: Disabling Skweezer
Hi Paul,

Thanks for taking the time to read and reply to this post. I appreciate the info on disabiling Skweezer, and also knowing the correct spelling :)

Thanks!
nu7i
Oct. 10th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Disabling Skweezer
Hi Nickie,

Jeff and I have been working with someone else over at BlogLines on some of the accessibility issues on the full version. The most critical items involving the ability to collapse and expand the feed tree view items have been resolved. Please try this and let me know how it is working for you.
puppybraille
Oct. 11th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Disabling Skweezer
Very nicely done! I am really enjoying being able to use the full version easily again. I posted a brief comment here a few minutes as a post. If you're itterested, it's at
http://puppybraille.livejournal.com/466918.html

Thanks for all of your advocacy with this issue.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 27th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Disabling Skweezer
All good and well, but "Disabling Skweezer" does not work. It only disables Skweezer on the host site, not on other outgoing links. This needs to be fixed and an unSkweeze link needs to be added to all pages.

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