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Re: Beta testers wanted

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 17:39:38 -0400 (EDT)
To: Madeleine Rothberg <madeleine_rothberg@wgbh.org>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0108141739030.3724-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On 14 Aug 2001, Madeleine Rothberg wrote:

if anyone with AOL using LINUX tries this I would love to hear your


> Circulated on behalf of AOL.
> Hello,
> AOL is looking for Beta Testers to test new accessibility
> features
> America Online 6.0, released in October 2000, marked a number of significant
> milestones in AOL's efforts to make our service accessible to all users. We
> have spent the last several months building upon these accessibility
> features and are now ready to beta test these improvements using AOL's most
> super-charged testing, a "Focused Beta Test."
> The Focused Beta Test for accessibility is a call to Assistive Technology
> users to report on their AOL experience using Assistive Technologies such as
> screen readers, screen magnifiers, voice recognition, speech output, and
> alternatives to the standard keyboards and mouses.
> To ensure the success of this effort, AOL would like to invite people who
> use Assistive Technologies in their day-to-day computer use to be a part of this
> evaluation. Individuals with this experience will play an important role in
> providing feedback to AOL Product Developers so we can continue toward our
> mission of building a more accessible AOL.
> Here's how you (or any Assistive Technology user) can participate:
> To become a Beta Tester you must first have an AOL account. If you are not
> an AOL member, you may join using one of our free AOL 6.0 CDs, which may
> offer you up to 700 free hours of usage. You can call to order a CD at
> 1-800-827-6364 or download the software at www.aol.com. You are under no
> obligation to continue with the AOL service at the end of your trial period,
> but must contact us if you wish to cancel in the future.
> -- Once logged online to the AOL service, visit AOL Keyword: Beta to
> register. Then, select the America Online 7.0 Beta link and click the "Focus
> Tests" button to find the link to the "Accessibility Focus Test." (Note for
> screen reader users: use the Tab key to navigate all beta application
> screens also use the Spacebar instead of the Enter key to open windows.)
> -- You will be asked to review and sign AOL's non-disclosure form and to
> provide information on the type(s) of Assistive technology you use to access
> the AOL service. Although you will have access to the Beta area immediately
> upon completing the application, please allow us one business day to process
> the application.
> As an AOL Beta Tester you will receive instructions weekly regarding specific
> products you can choose to test. You will be asked to provide feedback about
> the products functionality, and to fill out a bug report if you find
> something does not work. (Note to JAWS and Window Eyes users: to most
> effectively use AOL with your screen reader, you will need to copy AOL
> screenreader files into your screenreader directory. Information on how to
> do this is available in the "Accessibilty Focus Test" area at AOL Keyword:
> Beta.)
> We are looking for testers for the Accessibility Focus Test who use Assistive
> Technology in their day-to-day computer use. If you don't have this
> experience, but have any family members or friends who are AOL members and
> use Assistive Technology, tell them about the new tests available at AOL
> Keyword: Beta.
> AOL is committed to continuing to build more accessibility into America
> Online and its products and service, and we thank you for your help and
> support in this endeavor.
> Thank you.
> Debbie Fletter
> America Online
> Director, Accessibility
> tel: 703-265-3469

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