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RE: Can't see selection highlights

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 16:23:16 -0400
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To: Steve Donie <sdonie@zycor.lgc.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Do you have some time on your hands now for that focus enhancer you

We're running a web training program, this week and next, for people with
severe motor disabilities who can't use a mouse.  Even as I write this
email, they're struggling with tabbing through web pages and seeing where
they're at.   It would be great to fix it up for them.


At 11:31 AM 7/22/99 -0500, Steve Donie wrote:
>When I was in Microsoft's Accessibility & Disabilities Group, Marc Sutton, a
>summer intern, wrote a cool program that used Active Accessibility to
>provide a large focus box around the item with focus. It also provided
>simple speech output using software Text-To-Speech. It was great for
>Internet Explorer. I'm not sure what was ever done with that program.
>Perhaps if people asked nicely, they would release this as a "power toy"
>type application. Something like this also wouldn't be hard to write from
>scratch. Perhaps when I have some time on my hands I'll put something
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Leonard R. Kasday [mailto:kasday@acm.org]
>Sent: Thursday, July 22, 1999 11:21 AM
>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Subject: Can't see selection highlights
>The major browsers, Navigator, Explorer, Opera, allow you to tab through
>links.  This is crucial for people who have difficulty with a mouse.
>You can see where you are clearly with Opera but it's hard to see for
>Navigator and Explorer, even for people with average vision.  So a person
>who doesn't have access to Opera, e.g. at a public library, is out of luck.
>Is there a way to make the highlight easier to see?
>Putting windows in high contrast mode helps sometimes, but not always.  For
>example, at least in black on white mode, it doesn't work with the blue
>bordered buttons at
>Also, this mode loses colors and magifies the text.
>Lynx is also superb in this respect... but not usable of course with the
>many pages that faill to follow accessibility guidelines.
>Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
>Universal Design Engineer, Institute on Disabilities/UAP, and
>Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering
>Temple University
>Ritter Hall Annex, Room 423, Philadelphia, PA 19122
>(215} 204-2247 (voice)
>(800) 750-7428 (TTY)
Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Universal Design Engineer, Institute on Disabilities/UAP, and
Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering
Temple University

Ritter Hall Annex, Room 423, Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215} 204-2247 (voice)
(800) 750-7428 (TTY)
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