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Screen Reader
Fangs Firefox extension?
D_Blackwell




msg:3367702
 5:50 pm on Jun 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

A closed thread was discussing screen readers for testing purposes. JAWS and Lynx were mentioned. At one time I looked into both, but JAWS was not an option for me, and I could never get Lynx to work. (My own limitations no doubt.) Down the road I added the Fangs extension for simulating screen reader output. Any thoughts on how good this extension is, i.e., can I actually rely upon it to get a good feel for what screen reader users are getting?

 

cmarshall




msg:3368492
 12:10 pm on Jun 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks for letting me know about it. I'll check it out.

Of course, I have no opinion (yet).

le_gber




msg:3374705
 2:25 pm on Jun 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Here is a link to the lynx download with win32 files:
[fdisk.com...]

And here is a link to download Jaws for free
[freedomscientific.com...]

By free it means it allows you to use it for 40 minute at a time. To use it for another 40 minute, you will need to reboot your computer.

Hope this will help you complete your accessibility checking arsenal ;)

ogletree




msg:3374707
 2:27 pm on Jun 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

It is a good idea to test with JAWS since the majority of blind users use that. I used to train blind users on it years ago. Back in the Windows 3.1 days.

D_Blackwell




msg:3377079
 11:17 pm on Jun 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

le_gber, or anyone who knows -

I downloaded the demo version of Jaws. I'm hoping that it will be a helpful tool and help the learning curve. During the installation, there was a warning (after the fact) that 'system changes' were being made prior to installation. I'd surely have appreciated some accountability to allow me to feel more comfortable about the changes. Can anyone shed some light on the system changes that JAWS makes?

This is my biggest gripe about adding any software - a leap of faith that nothing gets blown up in the process, and that the ethics of the designers are solid.

le_gber




msg:3377269
 10:27 am on Jun 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

D_Blackwell not sure about the system changes.

1 thing I did noticed when using JAWS was that the rendering of website or documents on the screen becomes a lot more rugged - aliasing of font disapears - I guess it's either to help Jaws in it's 'reading' of the page, or low vision users who like to read and hear at the same time.

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