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“This Is Accessibility?”

From: Seth Dillingham In Response To: Top of Thread.  
Date Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 10:36:22 AM Replies: 1
   
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I've been discussing web form accessibility with Jim Byrne (of MCU) for the last week. Jim (and the company he works for) specializes in this stuff.

He tells me that screen readers (which "read" text on the screen, aloud, to blind individuals) just read across a web page from left to right. So if you have a navbar on the left, a web editing form in the middle, and more navigation on the right, what it "reads" won't make any sense at all.

I don't know yet if there's any difference between "screen readers" and "aural browsers," but I've asked for clarification. My understanding was that aural browsers understand HTML as well (or almost) as visual browsers like Mozilla and Explorer. If that's not the case, or if for some reason it turns out that most blind people don't have access to the "aural browsers," then I'm going to be very disgusted, and definitely motivated to do something to help.

More on this when I, um, know what I'm talking about. (or when I think I do)


Discussion Thread:
  • Re: This Is Accessibility? (by Clark Venable at 1/28/2003)

    Seth, My understanding is that readers don't read what's on the screen, but what's in the source itself.

    • RE: This Is Accessibility? (by Seth Dillingham at 1/28/2003)

      On 1/28/2003, Clark Venable said: >My understanding is that readers don't read what's on the screen,

      • RE: This Is Accessibility? (by Seth Dillingham at 1/28/2003)

        >That was my understanding also, but Jim says that's only true with >some of the screen readers. In

        • Re: This Is Accessibility? (by Steve Ivy at 1/28/2003)

          Seth, This stuff about accessibility for the blind is really interesting. Thanks for sharing your experiences

          • RE: This Is Accessibility? (by Seth Dillingham at 1/28/2003)

            On 1/28/2003, Steve Ivy said: >This stuff about accessibility for the blind is really interesting.

        • RE: This Is Accessibility? (by Jim Byrne at 1/28/2003)

          I wasn't saying that older versions of Jaws by default read straight across the screen - what I was

          • RE: This Is Accessibility? (by Seth Dillingham at 1/28/2003)

            On 1/28/2003, Jim Byrne said: >I wasn't saying that older versions of Jaws by default read straight

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