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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
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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
outcome.

Cynthia D. Waddell
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-----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?


Hi,
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.

Thanks.
Sheela Sethuraman
CAST
Received on Friday, 5 May 2000 13:20:56 GMT

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