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Re: Table accessibility (was Re: headers attribute)

From: Ben Mason <siberianluck@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 12:15:46 -0700 (PDT)
To: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <362910.85037.qm@web35211.mail.mud.yahoo.com>

>On 6/2/07 6:32 PM, "Schalk Neethling" <schalk@alliedbridge.com> wrote:

> Please see below a note from a screen reader user:


> "Hi,I just wonder what they would want to do with this information.Web

> site design should not be screen-reader specific at all.It is unlikely

> that one would get any reliable figures, but the two most popular screen

> readers in use today is JAWS and Window-Eyes. All screen-readers use the

> same mechanisms to grab and present the information. What is important

> is not which screen-reader is used, but rather whether the

> browser/browser-plug-in that has to be used to access a web site,

> provides the relevant information to the accessibility layers in the

> operating systems. Other general issues are mostly covered in the

> accessibility guidelines, e.g. not to use images to convey text. As far

> as which versions of the screen-Readers are used, at any one time, I

> would say the last 3 or 4 versions of the screen-readers are in general

> use. These things are expensive and so are their upgrades. People cannot

> always use the latest versions. HTH, Willem"

>Are there any open source screen readers?

Yes,  wikipedia has a good list of screen readers - some of which are open source.   For windows the main candidate seems to be NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)

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