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Tools to test
What is out there?
pmkpmk




msg:1582908
 4:29 pm on Feb 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

So far I have:

  • Lynx, and the Lynx-extension for FireFox
  • Webbie - a browser for vision impaired
  • Various text-to-speech systems like Cepstral - all I found so far need the text to be copied and pasted so that really isn't an option for the blind
  • Braille readers. Expensive and not a good testing tool since you need to know Braille as well
  • Jaws, supposed to be the de-facto standard for Voice browsers
  • IBM Homepage Reader, the runner up
  • Online ressources to do mere checks

Anything else?

 

benihana




msg:1582909
 4:35 pm on Feb 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

NILS Accessibility toolbar for IE

Connect Outloud (think its available as a trial that works for 30 minutes before reboot required)

<added> Connect Outloud is the web browser element from Jaws which you already listed</added>

SuzyUK




msg:1582910
 5:14 pm on Feb 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Fangs.. a firefox extension

outputs the page as a screenreader would read it, very enlightening!

Suzy

DrDoc




msg:1582911
 5:13 am on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Don't forget user testing ;)

rkasa




msg:1582912
 2:16 pm on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Another tool Ive found really useful is TAW. It can check the whole site (domain, subdomains), it can even get access to restricted areas (providing ID and Pass, of course). Im spanish so I use the spanish version, but Im pretty sure theyve got an english version as well on the following address:

[tawdis.net...]

Its free.

Don_Hoagie




msg:1582913
 5:04 pm on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Don't forget that Macs have built-in screen readers.

THEY HAVE BUILT-IN EVERYTHING... DON'T YOU GET IT?!?! THEY RULE!

Ok sorry.

In the Utilities folder is an app called VoiceOver... seems really annoying to use, but I imagine that's because I don't use screen readers. It's free, so who can argue with that?

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