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Re: Automatic Detection of Screen Readers and Other Assistive Technology

From: Aaron Smith <aaron@gwmicro.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 15:04:36 -0500
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To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: Andrew Kirkpatrick <andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org


Depends on your definition of automatic. There is a potential solution, but 
I don't think what you're looking for exists. If someone else has contrary 
information, please share.


At 03:03 PM 6/11/2003, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

>On Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at 12:44 PM, Aaron Smith wrote:
>>That's the billion dollar question. You can do this through a signed 
>>ActiveX control (in the ActiveX language of your choice), or an HTA 
>>(again, using VBScript and/or perhaps JavaScript) without security 
>>restrictions. Otherwise the user will most likely receive an error 
>>stating that the page is attempting to do something that is not secure. 
>>Baring that, using the functions listed below should allow you to 
>>determine whether a screen reader is running. Given that information, you 
>>should be able to load the content of your choice.
>Okay, so then you're saying there's no way to automatically detect screen
>readers and other assistive technology.
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