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RE: detecting assistive technology


From: Michael R. Burks
Date: Nov 25, 2002 7:32AM


it happens in this case it is exactly what I am looking for!!!!!!!

Thank you!


Mike Burks

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Subject: detecting assistive technology

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


Hi all as ironic as this is flash mx has a property that tells flash if a
user is using assistive technology or not.
Accessibility.isActive() indicates whether a screen reader program is
currently active or not.
Developers can then use this to serve up the flash movie in different ways
(not that the movie will be accessible by a long way).
Obviously Mike, I imagine this is not the solution you are looking for!
However you could have an empty flash movie set to be innaccessible, this
movie could then pass the information to you on the page when a user

just an idea!
Regards Kieran

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