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RE: repetitive navigation


From: John Foliot - bytown internet
Date: Feb 19, 2003 6:14PM

> Please forgive the rant. :-) No, sorry, I can't manage a smile. :-(

Actually, Philip, no I won't.

JAWs is but one adaptive technology, as is Connect Outloud, IBM HPR, Window
Eyes, etc. Accessibility is about more than making something available to
any one specific technology, it's about any and all technologies. There is
a fairly extensive list of alternative browsers available at
http://www.w3.org/WAI/References/Browsing : a resource I might add that is
specifically geared towards helping developers of all stripes "get on with
it". One browser in particular, Simply Web 2000, is... wait... FREE
(http://www.econointl.com/sw/). However, be forewarned, you get what you
pay for. (It works fine, but is minimal at best). Also, unlike JAWs (which
interacts with all Windows applications) it is nothing more than a "talking"

The point is, if you feel you need to hear your site to ensure you've not
missed anything, fair enough. But to somehow feel that you are being
short-changed or put upon by software companies who require that they
actually be paid for their software is plain ridiculous - do you work for
free? You can be commended for caring enough to look into accessible
development, whether as a full time occupation or simply a hobby, but there
is no such thing as a free lunch! Like anything in life, if you wish to
succeed there is a required investment; be it time, money, effort, or all
three. The up side of all of this is that should you become accomplished in
this field, you will be one of a very few, making your services all that
more valuable...


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