3One major issue which can cause problems for screen reader users is AJAX.
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The idea behind AJAX is that small amounts of data are exchanged with the server behind the scenes, so that the entire web page does not have to bereloaded each time the user requests a change. This is supposed to decrease loading times and increaseoverall browsing speeds. It has some serious accessibility issues with regards to disabled people such asinaccessible login boxes or security tests with no alternatives like audio. Another problem is that screenreader users are not alerted when content has changed dynamically without the page refreshing.Therefore people with sight problems will be confused when pages update automatically and they arenot alerted via audio.Another issue with web 2.0 are that there are inaccessible interfaces which are dependent on aninteraction with a mouse or pointing device with no alternative keyboard option. There are also manyimages which are not accompanied by text as well as video and audio players which are not compatiblewith assistive technologies and rely heavily on mice and pointing devices. These are just some of thedifficult obstacles disabled people face with web 2.0 and some of them are obstacles which they simplywill not be able to overcome. This is a serious problem in a world which should be creating opportunitiesfor greater social inclusion as opposed to an almost ignorant, rushed development of the web tofacilitate the general upper classed public and leave the disabled even more socially excluded. Onewould imagine that with such intelligence and innovation in the IT sector that these issues could easilyhave been overcome if these unfortunate disabled people were considered from the earliest designstage of web 2.0.According to (Zajicek, 2007), everyday activities such as seeking information, filling in forms,shopping and making appointments , can be done easier and cheaper on the web. However, thesewebsites are built for young, socially integrated people who own their own computers and have accessto high speed broadband. There are of course many elderly and disabled people who do not have accessto these novelties for reasons such as low budgets. As web 2.0 continues to make daily tasks easier, itbecomes more and more a part of modern life. People who do not have access to it are becoming moreand more excluded from modern life as a result (Zajicek, 2007).Social networking is a important feature of web 2.0. This includes the likes of Bebo, Facebook andMyspace whereby users create their own personal page with information about their hobbies andinterests, pictures, music and interactive games such as poker through which they can alsocommunicate with one another. Users can also send one another messages and emails. These sites have