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Re: Visually indicating accessibility error as a screen reader user


From: Jonathan C. Cohn
Date: Mar 27, 2013 9:05PM


I have found the JAWS keystroke insert-shift-F1 to be quite useful. It describes the current element with jaws focus and all of its parents. This includes the attributes like class and id, so can be fairly useful.

Jonathan Cohn
(703) 573-6956

On Mar 27, 2013, at 9:32 AM, Birkir R. Gunnarsson wrote:

> Good morning, yea clan of the webwise.
> I was working on an accessibility audit last night (yes, it happens,
> occasionally, may be more than I'd like to admit).
> I found myself writing 2 or 3 sentences describing the location of a
> link that did not have keyboard support (well, a div to be
> semantically correct).
> Of course I had to describe it from a screen reader perspective, i.e.
> part of this list with these other objects/links, I could not visually
> describe or indicate it, as I do not know where or how it appears on
> the screen visually without sighted assistance, as far as I know,
> which sometimes is not very far.
> It made me wonder what sighted testers do in this situation and if
> there is a tool or method that could replicate this for the
> zero-sighted.
> Do you take a screen shot indicating problematic areas, either by
> color or label (I create case numbers in a spreadsheet and it would be
> ideal to be able to add those to a screenshot).
> Is there another/better way to do this?
> Is there a screen reader accessible best practice in this scenario?
> We certainly do have to improvize sometimes. One of these days it
> would be fun to try and start a website with tips, tricks,
> accessibility evaluation of tools and other info for blind web
> accessibility testers, but that's a whole other can of worms, when I
> have a little bit more time to spare. :)
> Cheers
> -B
> > >