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Re: Screen Reader Programs

From: G F Mueden <gfmueden@verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 08:03:26 -0500
Message-id: <D486D11988E548EE9E2CB06C83FB8404@LENOVO708B8F82>
To: <wed@csulb.edu>, "Liz Hunter" <lduncan@siu.edu>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear Wayne and All -

Wayne has put his finger on it, we do not react and tell you when a site 
give us trouble, it takes time, so we move on - UNLESS feedback has been 
made easy and welcome.   When new work is posted it might be appropriate to 
add a temporary feedback invitation.

Wayne is also right about the Guidelines, but I am not so sure about a 
screen reader being useless.  If it is easy to do, I wouldn't overlook it.

I have been beefing about my problems for quite a while (I read with my eyes 
but not well), but I do not recall ever being asked to test a site or email 
message for accessibility for my eyes.   (I need 2X and choice of font.) 
For how I see it, please ask me for "Accessibility for Eye Readers", 11K. 
which i can send as an email attachment.

Cheers,  I applaud your efforts.  ===gm===

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wayne Dick" <wed@csulb.edu>
To: "Liz Hunter" <lduncan@siu.edu>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 5:42 PM
Subject: Re: Screen Reader Programs

| 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
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