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Re: People with disabilities using mobile devices to interact with the Web

From: Priti Rohra <priti.rohra@n-syst.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 18:01:50 +0530
Message-ID: <001301c8c63e$fa217db0$7d01a8c0@highway.nsyst.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: "Shawn Henry" <shawn@w3.org>

Hi All,

I use "TALKS" screen reader for accessing the web on the mobile phone. I use 
a NOKIA 6681 cymbian series phone. I am a person with low vision (approx 40% 
of vision) and am using various screen readers such as JAWS, Window-Eyes, 
Home Page Reader and Supernova/Hal for my work.

The main difference I found while accessing the web on a mobile phone and a 
desktop is the screen reader fails to identify web page elements such as 
"Alt for images, headings, lists etc.

In the case of alt for images, the screen reader does not read the alternate 
text whereas for headings and lists, it reads the text but fails to identify 
the same as headings and list respectively.

The good part is it identifies links correctly and reads the information as 
"Focus link skip to main content".

I do not access the web very often via the mobile phone as it is expensive, 
I feel typing urls is very time consuming and feel somehow can do it faster 
and limit the cost of surfing the web via the mobile phone:-)

Hope this information is of some help.

Thanks & Regards,
Priti Rohra
Accessibility Consultant & Tester
Net Systems Informatics (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Web: www.n-syst.com
Blog: www.barrierbreak.com/blog

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shawn Henry" <shawn@w3.org>
To: "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 11:00 PM
Subject: People with disabilities using mobile devices to interact with the 

> Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,
> We are interested in collecting experiences, stories, and perspectives on 
> people with disabilities using the Web via mobile devices. For example: 
> What are use cases of accessing the Web via a mobile device that are 
> particularly useful for a person with a disability? What are unique issues 
> accessing the Web via mobile device (versus desktop or laptop) for people 
> with disabilities?
> We are also interested in similar information about Web access via mobile 
> device by "seniors", older users who may have Web accessibility needs 
> related to ageing. Are there cases when accessing the Web via a mobile 
> device is particularly useful for older users, or they have unique issues 
> using the Web via a mobile device?
> Please note that we are limiting the scope of this query to *specific 
> accessibility issues using the Web*, and *not* more general hardware 
> issues, non-Web functionality, etc.
> Thank you for any ideas you share.
> Regards,
> ~Shawn
> -----
> Shawn Lawton Henry, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
> about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
> phone: +1-617-395-7664
> e-mail: shawn@w3.org
Received on Wednesday, 4 June 2008 12:35:23 UTC

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