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Re: JAWS repeats itself on checkboxes and radio buttons


From: ckrugman@sbcglobal.net
Date: Jun 25, 2010 10:24AM

I just tried using JAWS 11 and IE8 and JAWS read the radial buttons properly
also showing where to check.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marco Maertens" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 11:52 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] JAWS repeats itself on checkboxes and radio buttons

> Hi,
> I'm running into a problem where JAWS 11 (both 32- and 64-bit versions)
> with Firefox 3.6.3 consistently reads out properly coded radio buttons and
> check boxes twice.
> For instance, if you try the radio buttons demonstrated on the WebAIM
> techniques page at this address:
> http://www.webaim.org/techniques/forms/controls
> The page (visually) shows something like this:
> Choose a shipping method:
> (radio button) Overnight
> (radio button) Two day
> (radio button) Ground
> ... but JAWS reads the following:
> Choose a shipping message colon
> Choose a shipping message colon
> radio button not checked overnight overnight
> radio button not checked two day two day
> radio button not checked ground ground
> I've confirmed and reproduced this behavior on a rather complicated site
> we're working on for a client, on a super-simple test page, on eBay.com,
> and on WebAIM.org (as shown above). The problem does not occur when using
> IE7 (I have not yet tested IE8).
> The JAWS data sheet says it works with Firefox. It looks to me like a
> compatibility problem between JAWS and Firefox. But this seems like a
> rather big problem. Is anyone else familiar with this? I've searched
> around and haven't found much of anything. Our client is asking why the
> page is read out so strangely in JAWS.
> Thanks in advance for insights or input!
> -Marco.
> Marco Maertens
> Developer and Web Accessibility Specialist
> Empathy Lab
> 610-572-2371