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Re: Flash and accessibility


From: Rimantas Liubertas
Date: Dec 20, 2008 8:30AM

> Hi folks,
> I'd like some input from people on the list who have had experience
> navigating all Flash sites with screenreaders.
> Providing the developer has used the accessibility settings in Flash, made
> their text selectable, etc. are you generally able to access all of the
> content?

In his talk at @media 2006 Robin Christopherson revealed that Flash has
a lot of problems with accessibilty—event in the Flash accessibity tutorials
provided by Adobe. I am not sure if anything has improved since.

I do not consider myself disabled, but generally full-flash sites cause a
bunch of problems for me too, I really dislike them for that.

> I'm currently working on a project which does not lend itself well to HTML
> due to the really complex visual layout.

Sorry, I don't buy it. If you can do it in Flash, you can do it in
HTML (layout wise).