[Accessibleweb] Re: Screen reader for OS X

Dan Comden danc at u.washington.edu
Fri Jun 1 10:52:05 PDT 2007

We haven't used Lynx or any other text browser to test accessibility for
quite some time now. The nature of secure and flexible web sites has
precluded it as a useful tool, in my opinion. While Lynx can certainly can
give a sense of general accessibility and text flow, it falls down when it
comes to getting to secure sites and testing basic scripts that seem so
ubiquitous. I'm remembering that we gave up on Lynx back when MyUW was
rolled out, about seven years ago.

Today's screen reading software (e.g. Jaws, Window-Eyes) are considered
standard accessibility tools for blind web users. They have the
flexibility to work with modern browsers that are required to access so
many of the key services and resources needed by workers and students.
Other readers such as Apple's Voiceover should be able to provide similar
functionality, though I don't have much direct experience with that app.
And Terry's suggestion for using FireVox is an alternate way to see what
will be acccessible on a site, and it's free.

If anyone would like to see how we test pages for accessibility, feel free
to contact me.

-*- Dan Comden danc at u.washington.edu
Access Technology Lab www.washington.edu/computing/atl/
University of Washington

On Fri, 1 Jun 2007, Marcus Duke wrote:

> Thanks, one and all for the suggestions on screen readers. I have a working

> install of Lynx now, and I prefer this program because I consider it the most

> plain-vanilla of text readers--compared with other progs, this one is about

> as bare-bones as it gets, so I figure if I can navigate and read okay with

> this, the site is on the right track. (The converse being true, having just

> gone through a pretty major site I created 4-5 years ago; what a horror! Back

> to the salt mines for me!!)


> Marcus Duke

> Webmaster/Information Specialist

> UW Aquatic & Fishery Sciences



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