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Re: how screen readers navigate by headline


From: ckrugman@sbcglobal.net
Date: Sep 30, 2011 12:36AM

as a JAWS user the proper headings help to organize the page and as I
frequently skip over content using the arrow keys and other features they
provide continuity.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Angela French" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 2:47 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] how screen readers navigate by headline

>I am aware that screen readers (at least JAWS) provide a means for users to
>navigate by heading. I am also aware of the benefits of choosing the
>correcting heading level to provide the reader a clear sense of document
>structure. What I'm wondering though is, by what means does the screen
>reader user have of getting the big picture sense of document structure
>other than navigating through? As a sighted user, I ascertain a document's
>structure by the logical, relative use of headline font size and design.
> When a page is being navigated by headlines, how much importance do you
> place in the actual heading level that is read to you, or are you more
> interested in the content of the headline to get context? In other words,
> how important is proper heading levels to you? Or do you just ignore
> them?
> I am preparing some accessibility training for our site's content editors
> (we use a CMS) and I am aiming to give practical examples of obstacles
> that are presented to users when content isn't marked up correctly.
> Thank you,
> Angela French
> Internet Specialist
> State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
> 360-704-4316
> http://www.checkoutacollege.com/