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FW: [WebAIM] looking for insights about eSSENTIAL Accessibility

From: Jim Allan <jimallan@tsbvi.edu>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:04:07 -0500
To: "'UAWG list'" <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Message-ID: <06d801cb01ac$725273c0$56f75b40$@tsbvi.edu>
Interesting UA add-on. Have just read about it. Will install and test a bit.

Kim, might be interesting to see if it adds or detracts from voice-input

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[mailto:webaim-forum-bounces@list.webaim.org] On Behalf Of Patrick Dunphy
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2010 2:31 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] looking for insights about eSSENTIAL Accessibility

I've recently been asked to evaluate an Assistive Browser software solution
and aside from my own personal thoughts (see below), I'd appreciate any
additional perspectives.

>From a site development point of view nothing really changes - a site still
needs to be built properly and with accessibility in mind.  This software is
intended to be another way to get the information to the people that need
them - in this case, people with mobility impairments would stand to benefit

Is anyone familiar with and if so, share their experience using the
eSSENTIAL Accessibility browser from http://www.essentialaccessibility.com ?

In general, anything that increases accessibility awareness is a good thing.
That said, it's my personal opinion that the install process plus learning
curve associated with changing default options could be counter productive
to end users that could benefit the most.  Were I a low-tech user that
required the use Assistive Technology due to mobility issues, I believe I'd
be completely overwhelmed with this software.  My opinion of the site that
encouraged me to use this technology would also be affected negatively.
Would you agree?

As an able bodied user I may be missing the obvious so I would love any &
all feedback.  Comments, insights, opinions & criticism are all welcome.

Patrick Dunphy

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