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Re: Web Designers Alternative for JAWS


From: Jared Smith
Date: Sep 2, 2003 2:31PM

I'm not sure why developers would want a stripped down version of JAWS
when the fully functional version is freely available from their Web
site - http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_downloads/jaws_form.asp.
Yes, it only works for 40 minutes at a time, then you must
reboot your computer to enable it again, but this is usually more than
enough time to do accessibility testing.

I'm with Andrew in saying the IBM HomePage Reader, despite its
limitations, is a much more suitable screen reader for developers
doing accessibility testing. At $117 and an easy learning curve (as
opposed to JAWS, which has a learning curve that looks more like a
cliff), I'd recommend it any day over JAWS.

Besides, this may all be a moot point as the petition site seems to
have disappeared.

Jared Smith
WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind)
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University

On Friday, August 29, 2003 you sent:
JB> Dear all!

JB> Not every freelancer designer, developer, can afford buying JAWS, to test the web sites they build.

JB> Therefore, see how this problem may be solved!

JB> More info here:

JB> http://www.dreamlettes.net/petition/

JB> Thanks for your your time and help!

JB> Kind regards,

JB> John

JB> P.S. If you have a minute, please visit the "Webnauts Net Accessibility and Usability Initiative" forum at: http://www.webnauts.net/phpBB2/index.php

JB> ---
JB> John S. Britsios,
JB> Web Accessibility and Usability Consultant

JB> Webnauts Net
JB> Web Accessibility & Usability Consultants
JB> Wilbrandstr. 77
JB> D-33604 Bielefeld
JB> Germany

JB> UMS: +49-(0)700-WEBNAUTS
JB> HOME: http://www.webnauts.net (redesign is in progress)
JB> ACADEMY: http://www.webnauts-akademie.de (German)
JB> SHOP: http://shop.webnauts.net (German)
JB> VALIDATOR: http://www.webnauts.net/cse_validator.html

JB> "For people without disabilities, technology makes things convenient.
JB> For people with disabilities, it makes things possible."


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