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RE: best screen readers for browser testing

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From: John Foliot - bytown internet
Date: Jun 18, 2002 8:42AM


Since the goal of true accessibility is that it *shouldn't* matter what user
agent you are using, then the choice conceivably becomes easier... if you
are simply testing web sites for accessibility, any text to speech browser
should suffice. Developers on a budget (aren't we all?) can even download a
FREE speech browser from Simply Web Talker (http://www.econointl.com/sw/)
While it lacks many of the bells and whistles of more expensive programs, it
does what it advertises it will do - render HTML documents to speech, warts
and all.

IBM Homepage Reader is a great program, and the browser has one of the best
implementations that I am aware of for LONGDESC. If the budget allows, grab
it, as testing across multiple user agents is regretably still one of the
things we as developers must do.

HTH

JF


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steffi Rausch [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: June 18, 2002 10:38 AM
> To: ' <EMAIL REMOVED> '
> Subject: best screen readers for browser testing
>
>
> I am a webmistress and web designer who is investigating different screen
> readers to buy for the purpose of testing accessibility on our websites.
> Price is also a factor of course. I like IBM Home Page Reader but
> am worried
> that it is not that common. Should my company buy this $200
> program just for
> testing websites or should they go for the more expensive Window-Eyes or
> JAWS since they are the most commonly used? Any suggestions would
> be greatly
> appreciated. Thanks in advance.
>
> Steffi Rausch
> RESI, Jr. Web Developer
> 410-704-2063
>
> "Design is intelligence made visible." - Rick Eiber
>
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