Elsewhere on the 'Net - Screen readers

Screen readers elsewhere on the 'Net.
Part of Browsers.

2 February 2009

Survey of Preferences of Screen Readers Users

A survey of screen reader user. Very useful!

Screen readers, Surveys | Permalink

8 October 2008

JavaScript and screen readers

A JavaScript Events compatibility table for Jaws 9.0 and Windows Eyes 7.0b1. Always useful (and yes, they got my permission to use my compatibility categories and formatting).

Screen readers | Permalink

28 January 2008

Empty Links and Screen Readers

Mike Davies studies empty links in screen readers. Conclusion:

Not using proper link text forces the browser and screen reader to fallback to heuristics in an attempt to determine what the link text should be.

Not surprisingly, all browsers have their own take on this.

Accessibility, Screen readers | Permalink

13 October 2007

Screen Readers and display:none

Gez Lemon discusses the difficult relation between screen readers and display: none. The latest news was that screen readers honoured display: none, but Gez has found circumstances in which they nonetheless announce hidden content.

Screen readers | Permalink

2 May 2007

JavaScript and Screen Readers

A practical example of catering for screen readers when creating a nify JavaScript effect. Useful tips.

Events, Screen readers | Permalink

23 January 2007

Improving accessibility for today’s AJAX - To hack or not?

A call for screen reader users willing to test the recently published virtual buffer update trick (see under 20 January).

Accessibility, Data Retrieval, Screen readers, Tests | Permalink

20 January 2007

Improving Ajax applications for JAWS users

About some interesting Jaws features. Summary:

Popular screen readers use a virtual buffer to allow users to interact with web content, whereby the virtual buffer provides a mechanism for screen reader users to interact with web content. This article uncovers undocumented behaviour in JAWS 7.1 and later, which allows web developers to build Ajax applications that update the virtual buffer without any interaction from the user.

Delves deeply into Jaws's bowels. Not for the fainthearted.

Accessibility, Data Retrieval, Screen readers | Permalink

25 August 2006

Calling all Assistive Technology vendors

'WaSP issues an open invitation to work with Assistive Technology vendors to help ensure greater support for standards-based web development techniques in software that enables access for millions of people worldwide.'

Accessibility, Screen readers | Permalink

24 July 2006

JavaScript event tests part 1: onmouseover

Gez Lemon studies the mouseover event in screen readers. Part 1 of a series; I can't wait for the next installment.

Events, Screen readers | Permalink

25 May 2006

Making Ajax Work with Screen Readers

'We explain the fundamental issues; how to inform users of assistive technology that a change has taken place, and how they can interact with the content. To illustrate our findings, we summarise the behaviour of popular screen readers.'

Accessibility, Data Retrieval, Screen readers | Permalink

9 May 2006

Build Half a Product: Is Ajax accessible? At all?

Surprisingly, Joe's conclusion is 'Everybody could do everything. It just wasn’t all that convenient.'

Accessibility, Data Retrieval, Screen readers, Tests | Permalink

4 May 2006

AJAX and Screenreaders: When Can it Work?

James Edwards discusses screen reader JavaScript support. Chaotic.

Accessibility, Events, Screen readers, Tests | Permalink

20 February 2006

The DOM And Screen Readers

How to write an advanced form validation script that's usable in a screen reader. The trick is very simple.

Accessibility, DOM, Screen readers | Permalink

29 July 2005

Access Matters - JavaScript Quiz

Great test page on the working of events in screen readers. If you happen to have an assistive device available, or know someone who does, please do the test! We badly need to know how screen readers actually handle JavaScript.

Accessibility, JavaScript, Screen readers, Tests | Permalink

12 July 2005

Screen-reader usability at a standards-compliant E-commerce site

As it says. By Joe Clark.

Accessibility, Screen readers, Usability | Permalink

6 July 2005

JavaScript and Accessibility

Derek Featherstone explains why screen reader users might have to turn off JavaScript.

@media 2005, Accessibility, JavaScript, Screen readers | Permalink

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