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Re: accessible on-line survey

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 01:06:21 +1000
To: "Jennifer Sutton" <jensutton@earthlink.net>, "W3C WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: Dominique Hazaƫl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.so6ewvjrw5l938@researchsft>

Hi Annmarie,

the best thing I have come across for this is W3C's WBS system. Although  
it isn't the most beautiful, I know i has been regularly used with success  
by screen reader users and others with different disabilities, and I  
believe it is free Open Source*. Setting up or editing a survey is as  
accessible as filling one out as a participant (and similar, which is  

I discovered, trying to look now, that its home page -  
http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/showwb - is password protected so I can't  
check on what it is up to, and it may not have a lot of documentation. But  
if you were thinking of designing your own I think the effort would be  
better put into doing some of the documentation and usabiity tweaks that  
would improve WBS as a resource for everyone - it should be easier, and  
have a greater benefit both for you and for others.



On Wed, 13 Apr 2005 23:31:21 +1000, Jennifer Sutton  
<jensutton@earthlink.net> wrote:

> Dear Annmarie and others who may be interested:
> My research into the accessibility of online (commercially available)  
> survey software indicates that the results are not ideal for screen  
> reader users.  I have not found a tool that renders what I consider to  
> be accessible output with a screen reader, at least from the  
> user-experience perspective.  I have not researched back-end  
> accessibility.
> My short answer would be -- build your own.
> I would, however, be interested to hear of others' experiences and/or  
> tools that do a good job, of which I am unaware. Perhaps things have  
> improved in the months since I last focused on this issue.
> Best,
> Jennifer

Charles McCathieNevile                      Fundacion Sidar
charles@sidar.org   +61 409 134 136    http://www.sidar.org
Received on Wednesday, 13 April 2005 15:07:07 UTC

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