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RE: Screenuser needed for remote testing

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 15:25:32 -0000
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> Accessys@smart.net

> remember all certifications and regulations are operating system
neutral.

Just want to throw in here that, with my WCAG 2 hat on, you need to
ensure that you use technologies that are "accessibility supported".
That doesn't mean that they work on each and every OS/permutation, but
that they're supported in widely-distributed user agents. And, for
better or worse, Windows with JAWS or Windows Eyes seem to have the lion
share of the market, so time spent testing here will yield the most
direct benefits for the largest number of users.

With a UK DDA hat on, it comes down to "reasonable adjustments". If
demonstrably a site is done to standards, and has been tested with the
most used (by a large margin) AT/OS combination, and to the best of the
developer's knowledge it works fine, reasonable steps have been taken.

Yes, in an ideal world you'd test all platforms, all types of AT, all
levels of user (novice to power-user), cultural backgrounds, native
language, etc etc...but on tight budget, with limited time, and a very
small number or test participants, you've got to be pragmatic and go for
the most bang for the buck.

P
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