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Re: Screen Reader Programs

From: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 14:42:18 -0800
Message-ID: <CAJeQ8SA2bhPQdax++hg_9YGGOKuscuBM5C_YNDT0+EJQ52Kh4g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Liz Hunter <lduncan@siu.edu>
Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear James,

I think testing with a screen reader is not very useful.  The
suggestion of using a free and easy to use reader is best, because it
does not involve a lot of learning time.

Your time is better spent learning an evaluation tool, especially the
manual evaluation parts.  Screen readers will let you know if some
people who are blind can use your site.  They will give you almost no
information about how well your site will support the needs of people
with low vision, the majority of people with visual impairments.

So spend your time studying the WCAG Guidlines and the "how to meet"
descriptions.  Learn your WAI ARIA. Learn a good evaluation tool and
how to do manual evaluation effectively.

Remember, when you meet WCAG and WAI ARIA, and a screen reader cannot
read your site, your page is isn't the problem... the screen reader
just has a bug.

Wayne Dick
Received on Friday, 9 December 2011 22:42:49 UTC

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