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Re: Is embedded audio helping accessibility?

From: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 11:34:58 -0400 (EDT)
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I believe what you are describing would be of extremely limited value in
terms of accessibility.  Just about anyone with the ability to navigate to
your web page is already going to have the necessary equipment to display
your web page in the fashion desired, be that auditory or some other

The small part of the population that wouldn't have such capabilities
would require some method of directly navigating to your site, not to
mention launching the web browser and getting connected to the net.


On Thu, 2 Aug 2001, Michelle Podd wrote:

> I'm new to the list and accessibility issues and will briefly introduce
> myself. My name is Michelle Podd and I am a Web Designer in Canada for a
> relatively new Internet company. I've been asked to research the issue of
> Accessiblility for two reasons: the first is that we want to make all of our
> sites accessible and second, we are creating a portal site for the purpose
> of being a mass resource for people with vision and hearing impairments to
> reach the many resources out there, to learn, to find SAP programming
> schedules for their area, etc.
> The infant site uses an audio embed with a Play / Stop area - the default is
> Off. I believe it's purpose was to provide anyone, anywhere with the ability
> to have the content read to them in a human-type voice (we use iSpeak from
> Fonix Corp)without having to have any special hardware or software on their
> end - besides a sound card and speakers, of course.
> Anyway, in my research travels, I'm learning that disabled persons surfing
> the web will most likely have what they need on their end to do so. Besides,
> this equipment is used in all of their other computer applications - the
> internet is just one of them.
> This project recently fell in my lap and the manager who originally created
> this vision is no longer with us so I'm not able to inquire about some of
> the decisions he made. I'd like to provide quality guidance to my company as
> well as meet the needs of the disabled web surfer.
> So my question to the list is this:  Is the use of an audio embed (with an
> on/off switch) that reads the content of the web page a help or a hinderance
> to accessibility? Is there an audience for this type of application?
> Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.
> Michelle Podd
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