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From: Paul Bohman
Date: Nov 22, 2002 4:22PM


Screen readers such as JAWS and Window Eyes are not browsers. They rely
upon browsers such as IE or Netscape to access the content. Thus, when a
JAWS user access a web site with IE, the web site will register the user
as an IE user, not a JAWS user. Even Home Page Reader, which has its own
interface, uses IE, and does not, as far as I'm aware, broadcast itself
as an assistive technology.

*Some people on this list have been active in the area of user agent
capabilities and profiles, and I'm hoping they'll chime in here with
more details.

But, as far as I'm aware, it can't be done.

Paul Bohman
Technology Coordinator
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)
www.webaim.org
Center for Persons with Disabilities
www.cpd.usu.edu
Utah State University
www.usu.edu


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael R. Burks [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2002 9:25 AM
To: Webaim-Forum@List. Webaim. Org
Subject: Help!


All,

does anyone know of a way to detect if a user coming to a web site is
using assistive technology such as a screen reader? I think this would
be useful information to have in order to help present information in
the way that would be useful to a visitor to a web site.

Any help is appreciated.


Sincerely,

Mike Burks


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