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Accessibility Team Meeting

May 1st, 2008 by Erick Beck

We had a good meeting of the Web Accessibility Team this week. Tracey Forman from the Adaptive Technology Services gave us a demonstration of the JAWS screen reader and how most people use it in real life. It was a real eye-opener to actually listen to your pages. Some sites we examined were completely inaccessible to the reader, and even the best of them had some issue or another that caused difficulties. I have always used the lynx text web browser to simulate a screen reader, but after seeing this demo I’m less convinced that it does an adequate job; we really need to start testing our pages in the actual software used by disabled students, faculty, and staff here on campus.

Thursday, May 1st, 2008 Accessibility
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1 Comment to Accessibility Team Meeting

  1. I agree completely. We in CA took an accessibility class at MicroAge a little over a year ago in which we used JAWS. It really makes you realize how difficult it can be to navigate an inaccessible page with it.

    That class prompted me to alway put lists of hyperlinks in unordered lists and style them with CSS, among other things (hint for the home page).


  2. Tracy Persky on May 1st, 2008

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