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Re: JavaScript vs. Screen Readers

From: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 15:59:33 -0500
To: "Ryan Jean" <ryanj@disnetwork.org>
Cc: "'Michael Cooper'" <cooper@w3.org>, jan.richards@utoronto.ca, jbrewer@w3.org, public-comments-wcag20@w3.org, public-wai-rd@w3.org, w3c-wai-au@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF76ED3080.40F7A3C8-ON862574A3.0072D4E6-862574A3.007363B4@us.ibm.com>
> . . . I suggest that somehow screen readers be made compatible to read 
the text 

I think that is what the screen readers have done - their model though is 
to upgrade to get the new function.  Are you suggesting that they patch 
the older versions?  From what I understand that is not their business 
model - bug patches yes, but new feature support costs developer time and 
resources that needs to get funded from somewhere - currently the only 
source is their business model to charge their customers for some 

Have you sent your request to the screen reader vendors?  What did they 
tell you?
Phill Jenkins
IBM Research - Human Ability & Accessibility Center
Received on Tuesday, 12 August 2008 21:00:23 UTC

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