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How Windows Screen Readers Work on the Web

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If you try to use a Windows screen reader on the web for the first time, you might find the experience to be daunting and confusing. This is because Windows screen readers introduce new access paradigms which do not always match what is displayed visually. Windows screen readers offer several modes to allow a user to review and interact with web content. Successfully using a screen reader on the web requires the user to be able to determine which mode is currently active, the operation paradigm for each mode, and how to switch modes as required. Developers also need to… Read More

WebAIM Screen Reader Survey

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SSB applauds WebAIM for their efforts to bring data to our community.  A great example is their recent survey on screen reader usage and preferences.  In May 2012, WebAIM conducted a survey of preferences of screen reader users. They received 1782 valid responses to this survey. This was a follow-up survey to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey of January 2009 and the follow-up surveys from October 2009 and December 2010.  The survey was primarily distributed via Internet channels – email lists, social media, etc.  This would suggest that the majority of respondents who found out about and completed… Read More

Accessibility of Browsers

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While Internet explorer and Firefox work well with leading screen readers on Windows, and Safari works well with VoiceOver on the Mac, the question arises as to the current state of other browsers such as safari and opera on windows and Opera and Firefox on the Mac. Windows Safari Safari does not work with JAWS or NVDA there is no virtual cursor. It is possible to hear links and form controls when tabbing through the page. Window-Eyes seems to work with browse mode on (virtual cursor). However Some quick navigation commands do not work. For example, “h” does not move… Read More

Remarks on Internet Explorer 9 Accessibility and Compatibility with Assistive Technology

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The release of Internet Explorer 9 has brought about new accessibility challenges which have, as a result, necessitated many assistive technology manufacturers to release new versions of their products. IE 9 runs on 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008, thus these issues will not affect users of earlier versions of Windows where using IE 9 is not an option. The biggest accessibility-impacting challenge resulted from a change to the method used by the browser to render content on the screen. The new method, Direct2D, paints content directly to the screen instead of allowing rendering… Read More

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