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Re: Screen Reader tests after code validation


From: ckrugman@sbcglobal.net
Date: Mar 8, 2010 10:18PM

It is probably important to note that while JAWS is probably one of the more
widely used screen readers there are others on the market that function
differently and While I use JaAWS exclusively I am told that other screen
readers such as Window-Eyes or NVDA or Screen Access to go react and respond
----- Original Message -----
From: "Langum, Michael J" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "'WebAIM Discussion List'" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 7:06 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] Screen Reader tests after code validation

> Until now, we have based our 508 testing and remediation on careful
> reviews of HTML code and PDF tags (rather than simply listening to a
> screen reader rendition of the content). We have assumed that if the
> content meets standards, and best practices, then it will be usable in
> But I'm wondering if we should re-think this approach. Maybe a final
> "test with a screen reader" review would add more value than it would cost
> in terms of additional time, software, hardware, and training.
> I am interested in the group's wisdom regarding:
> 1. How much added value is there in testing content in JAWS, after it has
> been evaluated at the code/tag level using automated and manual methods?
> 2. If we are to add JAWS testing to our program, should we get JAWS
> Standard version, or JAWS Professional version?
> 3. Should JAWS evaluations be done for every word of every document (even
> in larger documents), or is a policy of spot testing randomly selected
> content adequate?
> 4. Is the "JAWS for developers" training offered by SSB Bart (or some
> other vendor I do not know of) worth the cost - compared to self-teaching
> based on the JAWS "help files?"
> I'm also interested in any other "words of wisdom."
> -- Mike