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RE: Testing Setup for Accessible Web Sites/Applications

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 10:20:13 -0500 (EST)
To: Jamie Fox <jfox@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>
cc: "'Reidy Brown'" <rbrown@blackboard.com>, "'EASI-ED3 EASI Online Workshop: Creating Accessible HTML'" <EASI-ED3@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>, "Disacc@Onelist. Com" <disacc@onelist.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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In addition you should use a screen magnifier, a low volume and a soundless
system, get some software that turns your keyboard into a two or three-key
system (or an intellikeys keyboard), a dual-boot linux system with a copy of
emacspeak on it is a good idea. Also, a couple of other pieces of
screenreader software may be enlightening.

Some disabilities like colour-blindness and cognitive disabilities are
dificult to simulate through hardware or software...


Charles McCN

On Tue, 4 Jan 2000, Jamie Fox wrote:

  For a blindness simulation get some screen reading software (JAWS etc) or a 
  voice browser (PW Webspeak) and try to use the site with the monitor turned 
  The user experience of some other physical disabilities may be simulated by 
  not using the mouse at all and relying on the keyboard exclusively.
  These two tests can be very enlightening.
  -Jamie Fox
  -----Original Message-----
  From:	Reidy Brown [SMTP:rbrown@blackboard.com]
  Sent:	Tuesday, January 04, 2000 9:09 AM
  To:	'EASI-ED3 EASI Online Workshop: Creating Accessible HTML'
  Cc:	Disacc@Onelist. Com; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
  Subject:	Testing Setup for Accessible Web Sites/Applications
  I am setting up a computer as an accessibility testbed for the web
  developers in our company. What hardware and software do I need? What are
  the most common setups for people with various disabilities? (I know this 
  a complex question, but I'd appreciate any input.)
  I suspect that the software version number is as important and the software
  type... how far back do I need to go? (Most of our users are in the higher
  education field.)
  Reidy Brown
  Accessibility Coordinator/
  Senior Web Application Developer

Charles McCathieNevile    mailto:charles@w3.org    phone: +61 409 134 136
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative                    http://www.w3.org/WAI
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