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RE: How accessible are Microsoft Agents?

From: Waddell, Cynthia <cynthia.waddell@ci.sj.ca.us>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2000 10:15:04 -0700
Message-ID: <0A005268C8DED311A23E0008C75D1EFF476319@sj-exchange.ci.sj.ca.us>
To: "'Steve Donie'" <sdonie@zycor.lgc.com>, "'Sheela Sethuraman'" <ssethuraman@cast.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Janice Hertz at Microsoft is the new Director of Products & Technology,
Accessibility &  Disabilities Group.  Perhaps your question could be
directed to her at mailto:jhertz@microsoft.com.  Please let me know the

Cynthia D. Waddell
Cynthia D. Waddell   
ADA Coordinator
City Manager Department
City of San Jose, CA USA
801 North First Street, Room 460
San Jose, CA  95110-1704
(408)971-0134 TTY
(408)277-3885 FAX

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Donie [mailto:sdonie@zycor.lgc.com]
Sent: Monday, May 01, 2000 7:39 AM
To: 'Sheela Sethuraman'; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: How accessible are Microsoft Agents?

I do not think that MSAA is currently implemented in Microsoft Agent, but it
was something the Accessibility and Disabilities Group talked about with
them, and I think they are working on it. Send mail to Tandy Trower - I
think he is in charge of the project tandyt@microsoft.com, I think. Of
course, for someone using a screenreader, Agent shouldn't be a problem -
they speak what is shown on the screen - so the only problem is if you're
using a software based synthesizer - sometimes it is difficult for two
applications to use the sound card at the same time. 

Steve Donie (ex MSAA developer)

-----Original Message-----
From: Sheela Sethuraman [mailto:ssethuraman@cast.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 5:30 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: How accessible are Microsoft Agents?

Does anyone know if Microsoft Agent Technology is accessible? If I   program
agent characters like Merlin and Genie through Javascripts and load them on
a web page, can screenreaders like JFW get access to the text that the
character 'speaks'? Is accessibility implemented through MSAA?

Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated.

Sheela Sethuraman
Received on Friday, 5 May 2000 13:20:56 UTC

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