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RE: JAWS assistance

From: <Accessys@smart.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 22:46:17 -0400 (EDT)
To: Web Usability Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au>
cc: Virginia Shedden <vshedden@2degreesresearch.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0608242243000.22137@smart.net>

in wandering around the site I couldn't find the list of the various
systems used, in fact you only mention "JAWS" and "Windows-Eyes"  did you
use any other screen readers, or platforms other than Windows ???

certainly in the USA there is the requirement to be "OS" neutral.

how would this test work for a person say using Linux, and IMACSpeak

we should be very carefull in designing to a platform, especially one that
changes so much every year or two


On Fri, 25 Aug 2006, Web Usability Roger Hudson wrote:

> Hi Virginia
> The problems you describe do relate to a specific screen reader. The users
> of different screen readers are likely to have the same experiences when
> using the site.
> Last year, a couple of colleagues and I did a bit of research with a group
> of screen reader users. In part the research looked at the use of structural
> labels and skip links. The results are in a paper which you might find
> interesting http://www.usability.com.au/resources/source-order.cfm
> Regards
> Roger
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Virginia Shedden
> Sent: Friday, 25 August 2006 8:14 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: JAWS assistance
> Hi All
> We recently conducted a round of usability testing for a client and included
> a small sample of motor and vision impaired persons to
> identify potential accessibility issues.
> We identified the following issues with the site when using JAWS: 1. The
> significant use of links throughout the website was tedious; 2.
> The skip to content link not was not functioning; 3. The lists encountered
> (e.g. the bulleted points) were not identified by JAWS;
> and 4.  Participants had a tendency to overlook the Left Navigation headings
> (which were important to the overall navigation of the site)
> because they habitually avoided links and skipped to the main content areas.
> We were wondering whether these types of issues are specific to JAWS, or
> could be generalised to other screen reading software (e.g. Windows
> Eyes)?
> I would greatly appreciate your expertise on this matter.
> Best regards
> Virginia

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