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Re: EPUB readers and WAI-ARIA

From: Karen Lewellen <klewellen@shellworld.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:43:57 -0400 (EDT)
To: Rich Morin <rdm@cfcl.com>
cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1610132129060.28027@server2.shellworld.net>
Well, speaking only for myself my first recommendation is to remember there 
are no such things as "blind readers."
There are readers, individuals, who may experience a level of sight loss, 
who need to access epub content.
How those individuals prefer to do this  is unique, and not something 
blanket or uniformly associated with their experience of blindness.
Therefore it may be to your advantage if you discover  the desires of the 
group of individuals over which you have some direct influence, providing 
as many choices as you can...so they can develop their own 
personal preferences.
i respect this may seem like a small detail.  Still the more you think 
talk, plan, or refer to  any group sharing a label as if they are 
indistinguishable from one another, as if you can plug in blind person and 
project a solution for all, the more frustrated your well intended 
efforts are likely to be in the end.
  Again, speaking only for myself, I appreciate that robobraille can 
epub works into other formats.
rtf for example, text etc.
I admit I have never tried this with a work that might be technically 
restricted in some way.
However, when I have sent epub files to robobraille, they have been 
perfectly converted into the format I use...but that is just me.
Others with whom I may share a label  no doubt have their own preferences.

On Thu, 13 Oct 2016, Rich Morin wrote:

> Quite a few devices and programs can access EPUB documents, but my
> suspicion is that most of them aren't tracking HTML5 and WAI-ARIA.
> Does anyone have any current knowledge, recommendations for tools
> that work well for blind readers, etc?
> -r
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