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RE: Testing flash techniques

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:11:00 +0800
To: Jan Eric Hellbusch <hellbusch@2bweb.de>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Hi Jan

aDesigner was indeed developed by IBM in particular Hironobu Takagi and Chieko Asakawa and their team, and I'm using V1 regularly.  I wasn't aware that there had been a version 2, but I will check with the above and see what is happening.  They may already have responded to you themselves if they're following this discussion.

It's a very useful tool, but I agree, it isn't easy to locate.  aDesigner provides a simulation of a web page for either blindness or low vision and maps to the WCAG 2.0 criteria.  It has some real strengths, so it's worthwhile having a look (IMHO).


Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT, AALIA(cs)
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From: Jan Eric Hellbusch [hellbusch@2bweb.de]
Sent: Monday, 20 August 2012 11:06 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Testing flash techniques

Hi all,

in the Adobe Flash techniques at

there are references to "aDesigner2" in the testing sections.

After searching for the software with various methods, I was able to find a
link by translating a Japanese page. Via IBM research I was directed to

Now I am wondering why the software was so hard to find. Is there any
background information on aDesigner? The WCAG techniques refer to
aDesigner2, but the current version on the page is 1.0 from 2012/06. Is
there a reason for the different version numbers?

I could put the question differently: What software is suitable for testing
Flash accessibility (besides a screenreader)?


Jan Eric Hellbusch
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