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Re: Assistive technology on terminals (thin clients)


Date: Sep 26, 2007 9:30AM

Yes, terminal services, sorry for not being clearer. No specifics yet, might be Citrix, I should find out more next week.

>From my understanding the issue is (was?) that terminal services effectively serve a screenshot to the terminal, so there's no data for AT to get hold of. I'm not sure what AT functionality is being considered, from screen reader to zoom, changing colours / contrast, etc. My knowledge of how terminals work is very limited also, all I know is the web side of things :)

Interesting to hear that JAWS does now support terminals, the older articles I'd be able to find implied that support was pretty non-existant.

Thanks for your help,


> I think you might have missed the mark there, I would have assumed he
> was talking about Terminal Services or similar. (Citrix perhaps?)
> I'm not sure how a zoom application would work? Presumably alternative
> browsers just rely on being loaded on the system.
> JAWS 7.1 (and I assume 8) does support TS but in addition to the JAWS
> Professional it requires an upgrade:
> http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_jawspricing.asp.
> However, I've not actually talked to anyone who's actually used it, or
> any other screen reader with thin clients.
> Apart from that I don't know, you might have to ask the vendors...
> -Alastair