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RE: Firefox screenreader emulator

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 11:04:46 -0600
Message-ID: <6EED8F7006A883459D4818686BCE3B3B290551@MAIL01.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Yvette P. Hoitink" <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Thanks, Yvette. There is a group of Computer Science students here at
the University of Texas who've been trying to develop screenreader
support for Firefox.  They have been working with JAWS, and havce made
good progress-- and run into some barriers, for which they have
sometimes been able to find workarounds.  They can now read a screen,
sometimes reformatting it the way JAWS 3.2 did in order to linearize the
page.  They can identify links, headers, graphics, and lists, and are
working on other stuff as well.  They haven't yuet tried to tackle
forms...

John

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Yvette P. Hoitink
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2004 1:42 PM
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: FYI: Firefox screenreader emulator


Hello,

I encountered this article:

http://www.standards-schmandards.com/index.php?2004/11/22/8-fangs-releas
e-05

The author is developing a free screen reader emulation for Firefox. I
don't
know if this will ever be useful for people with disabilities, because
it
would have to interface with a speech synthesizer. But even if that
doesn't
happen it could still be a nice tool for developers to get a feel of how
their website would appear to people who depend on text only without
reverting to Lynx.

The website has some other interesting articles about accessibility as
well:
http://www.standards-schmandards.com. It feels funny to forward articles
from a domainname like that to a standards organization though :-)

For you Americans out there: Happy thanksgiving & have some turkey for
me
tomorrow! 

Yvette Hoitink
Heritas, Enschede, the Netherlands
E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl
WWW: http://www.heritas.nl
Received on Friday, 26 November 2004 17:04:47 GMT

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