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Re: Alternative Web Browsers for Use with JAWS


From: Mackenzie, Hamish
Date: Dec 16, 2008 5:40PM

Hi All

With the recent release of Jaws 10 and Firefox 3 Jaws works very well
indeed with Firefox, so much so that it is now my default browser and I
have not noticed any sites that I have to revert to IE for. I am
managing fine with complex sites like Facebook which in previous
releases of Jaws and firefox were more problematic.



-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Steve Green
Sent: Wednesday, 17 December 2008 4:53 AM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Alternative Web Browsers for Use with JAWS

JAWS does behave differently with Firefox and Internet Explorer. A lot
of the time there is no difference but there are occasions when Internet
Explorer works better. I can't think of any content that has worked
better with Firefox.

It is not a matter of usability issues that the user can get used to.
It's largely due to differences in MSAA support that mean that Firefox
does not integrate as well with JAWS. This is not an issue for static
content but it is more so for dynamic content such as JavaScript and

However, the situation is improving all the time and at some point I
expect there will be little difference. Firefox 1.0 had no MSAA support
and worked very poorly with JAWS, so it has come a long way in just a
few years.


-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Christopher
Sent: 16 December 2008 17:22
Subject: [WebAIM] Alternative Web Browsers for Use with JAWS


Given all of attacks out on the internet that focus on Internet
Explorer, are there any other web browsers that JAWS has a similar level
of usability that JAWS and IE do? While I know you can use Firefox with
JAWS I'm under the impression it's not as usable as JAWS with IE? Or
does JAWS with Firefox just take some getting used to?


Christopher Nagle
Web Specialist
ICI / UMass, Boston