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Re: More on not using Screen Magnification as an example

From: Wayne Dick <waynedick@knowbility.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:39:28 -0700
Message-ID: <CAC9gL753mNR+vOpVYApczES5N1pSE46LyaCj2uqih8J5znXTqg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Cc: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>, WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I am not disputing Phill or Jon. ZoomText has really been good on the
uptake for accessibility features, and there is a vast difference between
screen magnifier assistive technology and system zoom.  That being said,
people buy ZoomText, Magic and Luna for the very high quality zoom. The
other stuff makes life in zoom world tolerable.

In the technology world of the web, data flexibility is a foundational
principle.  It is just disappointing to see that WAI seems to think zoom is
sufficient accessibility support for obtaining therapeutically useful text
size. I don't want to be insulting, but it just feels lazy.

Wayne

On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:16 PM, Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com> wrote:

> Jonathan makes several key critical points (e.g. focus tracking, label
> relationships) about the difference between screen *magnification* and
> screen *magnifiers *assistive technologies.
>
> Magnification is only one simple component of an AT screen magnifier like
> ZoomText with Speech (1) and MAGic (2)
>
> Perhaps there isn't a clear understanding between the difference in terms
> such as:
>         browser zoom,
>         platform zoom,
>         hardware screen magnification,
>         and advanced capabilities and features
> of assistive technology (AT) screen magnifiers.
>
> Remember too that the web developer / author is only responsible for half
> of the solution, the platform +  browser + AT + end user settings are the
> other half.
> See http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/components.php
>
> 1. http://www.aisquared.com/zoomtext/more/zoomtext_magnifier_reader/
> <http://www.aisquared.com/zoomtext/more/zoomtext_magnifier_reader/>
> 2. http://www.freedomscientific.com/Products/LowVision/MAGic
> ____________________________________________
> Regards,
> Phill Jenkins,
> IBM Accessibility
>
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