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Re: Other browsers, etc...

From: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 12:14:59 -0500 (EST)
To: Suzanne Nikolaisen <nikolaisen@yahoo.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0103081205180.916-100000@ns.shellworld.net>

This is not meant as a criticism but rather an explanation.

JAWS is not a browser.  It is a screen reader and is in fact one software
package of several in the category.

I point this out because the results you obtain with JAWS or another
screen reader or any accessibility software for that matter will depend
heavily on which browser you are using in conjunction with the
accessibility software.

Most assistive technology is tuned to work with Internet Explorer at this
point and time.  Some other screen readers to be aware of (this is not
comprehensive) are Window-Eyes <http://www.gw-micro.com>, Window Bridge
<http://www.synthavoice.com> and a couple different options detailed at

The best resource to learn about screen enlargement products is at

There are also dedicated talking web browsers like IBM's Home Page Reader.
Details on this are at <http://www.ibm.com/able/hpr>.

I believe that the WAI pages also list alternative browsers, although I
don't have the specific URL in front of me.


On Thu, 8 Mar 2001, Suzanne Nikolaisen wrote:

> Hi.  I'm still on my quest for 'free to developers'
> alternative browsers.  (or at least free for a trial
> period)  I loaded Jaws and got it to work, and it
> seemed very nice, and reliable, but I have nothing to
> compare it to and I'm sure there are other browsers
> out there.
> I have heard about 'eyeball browsers' (at least that's
> what a Human Factors engineer called them) where the
> movement of the eye is detected.  Has anyone heard
> about these and/or know about developing for them?
> What other browser types are there, besides, voice
> synthesizer types (like Jaws), Mainstream (like IE),
> and the eyeball browsers?
> Also, I'm job hunting, where would I find job listings
> for web developers with an interest in creating
> accessible sites?
> Thanks for your help,
> Suzanne
> www.suzroot.com
> (Suggestions about making suzroot.com more friendly
> and accessible - are welcome!)
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