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Re: "Overlay" accessibility products.


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Mar 26, 2019 12:33PM

On 26/03/2019 14:58, Fix, Lawrence wrote:
> I'm interested in opinions about accessibility products that "overlay" a web site providing an accessible view of the site, without changing the code of the site. Do they truly make your site compliant?

In a word: no.

If your site has accessibility issues (e.g. structural stuff like
headings not marked up as headings, incorrect reading/focus order, lack
of accessible name/role/value, etc) these overlays will do NOTHING to
compoensate for that.

They're cute, nice to have things...but mostly pointless. (Yes, they can
provide some additional features for users who don't have/know they need
specific assistive technologies, or are viewing a site on a public
machine like in an internet cafe or library or similar...but that's
really more a marginal concern if you have a fundamentally
broken/inaccessible site to begin with)

Patrick H. Lauke

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